Williamsburg (Virginia)
Travel Back in Time to Virginia: The Birthplace of a Nation
Discover Colonial Virginia as you examine early American artifacts, learn traditional parlor games, participate in spirited debates and build lasting memories with your grandchild.
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Program No. 4759RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Adventure awaits you and your grandchild in Colonial Virginia! Discover the contribution of Native Americans, Africans and Europeans in Jamestown, journey back in time to Williamsburg at the onset of the American Revolution as citizens consider a break with England. Talk to prosperous Colonists like the wigmaker, silversmith and tavern keeper, then travel onward to Yorktown to walk the fields where our independence was won.
Activity Level
Walking two miles on uneven brick streets, occasional grass, dirt or pebble paths.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Examine artifacts from the original fort at Jamestown, site of the first permanent English colony in North America.
  • Experience Colonial life by learning to write with a quill pen, making potpourri, dressing up in Colonial clothes and playing a variety of lawn and parlor games.
  • Decide whether to stand with the Patriots or the Loyalists in a spirited debate moderated by a character from Colonial America.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-11.
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Bill Barker
Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He has continued to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg as well as the White House, Versailles, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN and stage productions of the musical, 1776. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill received a B.A. in history from Villanova University and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He has been portraying Jefferson for Road Scholar programs for over a decade.
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