22991
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!
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Program No. 22991RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Performance
Williamsburg, VA
D
Williamsburg Lodge

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. 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 and 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, we’ll have a plated and served dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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; 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: At the Historic Jamestowne café, we’ll have lunches we’ve ordered in advance.

Afternoon: As we make our way to the 18th century, we will ride to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and see an introductory film — “The Siege of Yorktown” — in the Visitor Center as well as exhibits on various aspects of the campaign that ended the Revolutionary War. Next, we will board a bus and head to the battlefield where climactic events of 1781 unfolded. We’ll get out and walk around with our expert for a closer look at siege lines to visualize the opposing forces facing off. At Surrender Field, we can 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: Hotel plated meal.

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 colonist as she shares tales of triumphs, tragedies, and the mundane activities of daily life. Be prepared to share your own travel adventures and why you would have emigrated to this new colony on the edge of wilderness. 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
Endview 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. Walking less than 1/2 mile to dinner.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board our bus for a field trip to Endview Plantation, built in 1769 but restored in 2000 to its appearance during the mid-nineteenth century. The house presents life there as it would have been during the Civil War years. This small farmhouse stands in sharp contrast to the typical picture of an American plantation, though its owner was one of the wealthiest farmers in the county. We will then ride to a local winery.

Lunch: At the winery overlooking the vineyards, 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 that is a member of the Williamsburg Tasting Trail. We’ll see the process of how this local landmark creates its wines 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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