Biking through History: The Virginia Capital Trail and the Colonial Parkway
Bike along historic battlefields, settlements and Colonial Era landmarks as you learn about coastal Virginia, one of America’s oldest and most culturally significant regions.
Program No. 2284RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Bicycle historic pathways past scenic fields, rivers and homes as you join a small group of adventurers for a revealing look at the James River area, one of America's richest historical centers. Your learning journey spans the Colonial era from Jamestown to the Siege of Yorktown 174 years later, with fascinating lectures setting up your field trips to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield and Berkeley Plantation. Enjoy your exercise and a history lesson all at one time.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Biking 15-30 miles per day, mostly flat terrain, occasional hills; 21-speed mountain bikes provided.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bike the newly completed Virginia Capital Bike Trail, stretching from Jamestown toward Richmond, as well as the entire historical Colonial Parkway.
  • Journey through Colonial Williamsburg with a local expert to learn about shops, gardens and 18th-century lives, then explore the campus of the College of William & Mary by bike to complete your week’s rides.
  • Ride the winding trails along rural roads and through urban landscapes, including several historical areas of Richmond, VA.

General Notes

To see all of our programs on the East Coast Greenway, visit www.roadscholar.org/ECG.
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Dean Shostak
In 1991, Dean Shostak became involved in the revival of the rare and beautiful glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Today, he is one of eight glass armonica players in the world, and the only musician since the 18th century to use a flywheel and foot treadle as Franklin originally designed. Dean began his musical career in Colonial Williamsburg at the age of 14, and after graduating from the University of Virginia, began to study 18th-century instruments such as the pocket violin and the hurdy-gurdy. He has now incorporated spectacular new and antique glass instruments into his show, including the glass violin and crystal handbells. Dean has emerged as a nationally acclaimed touring artist, and his music has been featured on numerous television and radio programs including Voice of America, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, NPR's All Things Considered and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
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