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Historic Triangle Sampler: Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown

Discover the best of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown as colonial history is brought to life by reenactors and at living-history museums with lots of time to explore on our own!
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Program No. 22991RJ
Length
6 days
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Virginia

Historic Triangle Sampler: Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktown

Discover the best of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown as colonial history is brought to life by reenactors and at living-history museums with lots of time to explore on our own!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,449
Length
6 days
Rating (4.93)
Starts at
1,449
Program No. 22991RJ

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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
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May 14 - May 19, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
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May 14 - May 19, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2023
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At a Glance

Here’s the ultimate experience for history buffs. Learn the best of Virginia’s colonial history with the perfect mix of field trips with local experts and time on your own to explore. On visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield, your expert instructors will take you on an imaginative journey to the most pivotal moments in American history. Look out over the James River from a 17th-century church in Historic Jamestown and imagine the settlers from the first permanent English colony. At Surrender Field, envision the defeated British turning over their arms to the victorious American and French forces. And see history brought to life before your eyes by costumed reenactors and musicians and at living-history museums.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on varied terrain, boarding motor coach and standing for long periods of time.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes interaction with a member of the Rediscovery staff working to uncover artifacts from the Jamestown colony.
  • Take a field trip to Berkeley Plantation and see the oldest brick mansion in Virginia that was home to two U.S. Presidents; William Henry Harrison and his grandson Benjamin Harrison.
  • Sample both modern and historical Williamsburg with a stop at a winery along the James River and an 18th-century style tavern dinner.

General Notes

For a more traditional experience with an added day and more time in the classroom, check out "From Colony to Revolution: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown" (#2011).
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dean Shostak View biography
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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Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.
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An instructor in the Music Department at the College of William and Mary for more than 20 years, Tom Marshall has been performing private concerts for Road Scholar participants at the historic Wren Chapel for many years. He has served for two decades as a harpsichordist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has performed numerous works of the concerto grosso style in original orchestrations, on original instruments. He is featured on many of the historical recordings issued by the foundation. A long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as organist for the Williamsburg United Methodist Church since 1977. Tom performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony, numerous baroque chamber ensembles, and organ and harpsichord recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has made seven study tours in Europe to examine and play many surviving keyboard instruments from the 15th to the 19th century.
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Carson Hudson is an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter who has dedicated his career to bringing the music, lore and history of America to life. After in-depth research of entertainment forms from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, he began learning traditional performance practices and sideshow secrets. Since then, he has researched, written, performed and directed more than a score of productions and programs for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. This work earned him an Emmy and several Telly Awards in screenwriting. In spite of this, Carson still manages to find time to deliver engaging lectures on Revolutionary and Civil War military history for Road Scholar programs.
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Bunny Rich View biography
Bunny Rich has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 34 years. Among her many interests, she has concentrated on Colonial family life, cooking and clothing, often interpreting at the Powell House. Bunny also has served as a leader for VIP guests ranging from Bill Clinton to David Brinkley. A native of York County, Bunny can trace her roots on the Virginia Peninsula back to the 1630s.
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A Pennsylvania native, Kate Tilley received a bachelor’s in theatre from DeSales University with concentrations in acting and costuming. In 2009, she turned her costuming attention to historical clothing in the colonial time period and began an internship with the tailors at Colonial Williamsburg. As a historic clothing technician at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Kate served as a mentor for new staff in the historical clothing services department, team leader for day-to-day activities at the Jamestown Settlement Costume Shop.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Women’s Life and Work in the Southern Colonies
by Spruill, Julia Cherry
A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army & American Character
by Royster, Charles
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry
by Morgan, Philip
Plantation Homes of the James River.
by Roberts, Bruce.
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
by Brown, Kathleen
Jamestown: The Buried Truth
by Kelso, William
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Performance
Williamsburg, VA
D
Williamsburg Lodge

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any up-updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Your program materials will be sent to you a few days before the program, digitally, through your roadscholar.org account. This includes your program itinerary, any related handouts, and restaurant/free time suggestions. Please plan to print them out and bring along to the program, utilize the hotel's business center to access them, or view them on your own personal electronic device. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Travel will be by bus unless noted otherwise. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful, rewarding, and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will enjoy the talents of an accomplished musician as he introduces a variety of fascinating instruments typical of the Revolutionary era. Some will be familiar, but others may be quite a surprise. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Williamsburg Before & After, Duke of Gloucester Street, Wren
Williamsburg, VA
B,L,D
Williamsburg Lodge

Activity note: The Historic Area walk is about 1.5 miles in one direction with a good deal of standing; few opportunities for rest stops; level, pebbled streets, occasional benches along the way. For anyone concerned about the physical challenges, there is a bus available about half-way that stops a block from the College.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We’ll have two lectures this morning with a short break between. We will begin with an expert presentation highlighted by archival slides on Williamsburg before and after what is lovingly called the Restoration. The presenter worked for many years for Colonial Williamsburg and is intimately acquainted with the amazing transformation that took place in the mid-20th century. We will hear about the physical changes that took place as well as the attitudes and reactions of locals. We’ll learn more about the reinvention of Virginia’s old colonial capital from the Great Depression through World War II, the involvement and generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the town’s continuing evolution.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet lunch with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: With the morning presentation fresh in our minds, we will stroll down historic Duke of Gloucester Street, heart of Colonial Williamsburg, known locally as DoG Street. This expert-led field trip will highlight some of the most interesting features of the Restored Area, including the reconstructed Capitol, Governor's Palace, homes, gardens, and tradesmen's shops. The College of William and Mary (founded in 1693) is adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. Our next stop is the College’s Wren Building, oldest continuously used academic building in the country, built before the town existed, and the first building to be restored during the Restoration. We’ll sit on the hard benches as early students did and learn about a university education in the 18th century. We will finish with a visit to the Wren Chapel for a concert of period music on its 18th century pipe organ, one of the four oldest in the U.S., with an opportunity to learn about the instrument.

Dinner: At a restaurant in downtown Williamsburg.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield
Williamsburg, VA
B,L,D
Williamsburg Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking nearly 1 mile round trip at Jamestowne; slightly rolling terrain, paved and gravel paths; quite a bit of standing, few resting places. Walking the Yorktown earthworks requires balance and stamina because of the steep sides of the works. The walk at Surrender Field is about 1/2 mile round-trip.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Boarding our bus, we will ride to the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. We will have some time to self explore the site of the original fort and view the area now under investigation by archaeologists. Depending on the season, you may see members of the team actively working at the dig. We’ll then pass through the church tower — all that remains of the 17th century building — and sit in the cool interior of the reconstructed church. As we gaze out over the James River, imagine the three small ships bobbing at anchor on the broad waterway. Next, we’ll experience an exclusive behind the scenes interaction with a member of the Rediscovery staff in the Project Lab. The artifacts and features uncovered by the Project have vastly increased our knowledge of the Jamestown colony, both in its physical appearance and the culture of its inhabitants. We’ll continue with a visit to the architecturally unique Archaearium, with its "see-through" floor that lets you view the foundation of the 17th century statehouse. In our self-directed exploration, we can see many of the artifacts uncovered at the dig that are exhibited and interpreted. This independent time can also be used to return to the Visitor Center to view a film and additional exhibits.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch with your group onsite at Historic Jamestowne.

Afternoon: As we make our way to the 18th century along the scenic Colonial Parkway, we will ride to the Yorktown Battlefield where we begin at the Visitor Center with an introductory film, “The Siege of Yorktown” and exhibits that focus on various aspects of the campaign that ended the Revolutionary War. Next, we return to our bus and head to the battlefield where climactic events of 1781 unfolded. We will be able to get out and walk around for a closer look at siege lines to visualize the opposing forces facing off. At Surrender Field, imagine the defeated British turning over their arms to the victorious American and French forces as their military band (allegedly) played “The World Turned Upside Down” — surely an understatement as far as Lord Cornwallis was concerned!

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Interview with a Colonial Character, Art Museums, Free Time
Williamsburg, VA
B
Williamsburg Lodge

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile to Art Museums.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: What better way to experience a different time than to meet someone who lived then? We will engage in a conversation with a lady of the 17th Century, personified by a talented and knowledgeable costumed interpreter. We will quickly begin to feel that we are truly in the presence of an early American colonist as she shares tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily life. Be prepared to share your own "latest news" as you interact with her. We’ll then take a walk over to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for an expert-led exploration of both. We will see antiques and decorative art that range from the 17th to the 19th century. The Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is home to the world's largest collection of southern furniture and one of the largest collections of British ceramics outside England. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, located in the same building, has one of the largest collections of American folk art in the country.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Now is a great time to use your Williamsburg pass to peek into some of the houses you might have missed on our walk before, or see some of the other sites found in the Historic Triangle.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Berkeley Plantation, Vineyard, Tavern
Williamsburg, VA
B,L,D
Williamsburg Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking on grassy areas at plantation and vineyards. Approximately 7-10 steps to enter and exit plantation house (no ramp). Walking less than 1/2 mile to dinner.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin our day with a field trip via motorcoach to Berkeley, the “most historic” of the great river plantations. This is the ancestral home of the Harrisons, who boast a signer of the Declaration of Independence and two presidents among their descendants. We’ll explore this 1726 Georgian mansion with a knowledgeable docent, then have some time to stroll along the extensive grounds on our own. We will then ride to a local winery.

Lunch: At the winery overlooking the James River, we’ll have a plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will have an expert-led exploration to see and learn more about the winery. We’ll see the process of how this local landmark creates its wines, learn about the region's deep Pamunkey soil, and sample some of its fine vintages. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free to explore more on your own, take a quick nap, or prepare for your departure in the morning.

Dinner: We will walk to a Colonial Williamsburg tavern and enjoy a 3-course farewell dinner with soup or salad, entrée, dessert, and beverages including wine, fountain drinks, coffee, tea, water. We’ll dine in 18th century style as costumed musicians and interpreters stroll through our private dining area. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is free. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Performance, Program Concludes
Williamsburg, VA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll enjoy the talents of an accomplished musician who was 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. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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