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March 5, 2009

Introduce your school group to some Revolutionary ideas!

School and adult groups of all sizes planning a Colonial Williamsburg visit can choose a specially created package or customize their own experience with the help of a new School and Group Planner booklet.

“The planner, available by mail or downloadable online, identifies several ways a group can get the most out of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and world-class museums,” said Nancy Brisbane, director of ticketing sales and operations. “It’s full of helpful itinerary planning and site visit suggestions.”

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area has provided a premier field trip destination for more than 70 years, offering schools assistance in addressing educational standards in a manner that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

Synchronized with the introduction of the new School and Group Planner booklet, Colonial Williamsburg’s school group tours have been redesigned to better address state and national standards in history and social studies. The Foundation also has lowered the youth price (ages 6-17) for guided tours! Professional tour guides present age-appropriate history of the years between 1700 and 1781 and lead groups through public buildings, colonial homes and trade shops while discussing daily life in the 1700s. The tour guide will highlight information related to the National Social Studies Standards for government, citizenship and colonial life in the British colony, and they will visit sites and engage in hands-on activities that bring those standards to life.

Other special programs for school and youth groups include:

  • Band and Choir Groups. Band and choir groups of 25-75 students may be permitted to perform at specific public locations, including Merchants Square and the courtyard at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center.
  • Youth Organizations. Scouts, clubs and parks and recreation centers can customize their tours to immerse them in the 18th century.
  • Homeschoolers. Colonial Williamsburg designates several weeks during the year as homeschooler experiences. The fall program focuses on government, politics and the American Revolution. The spring program emphasizes family life, education and the apprenticeship system.

    Adult groups of 15 or more can get a taste of what Colonial Williamsburg has to offer with one of these tours designed to fit the requirements of day-trippers, groups on tight schedules, or those who want a structured experience. Half-day Historic Area Tours feature a four hour sampling of some of the best of the Historic Area, including our signature buildings, trade shops and historic homes. Half-day Museum Luncheon Tours explore the museums, include lunch at the Museum Café and allow guests to participate in the day’s scheduled programs, ranging from musical performances or living history programs to arts-and-crafts demonstrations.

    The Full-day Tour, Shop and Dine Package provides access to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums with the added allure of some first-class shopping among the distinctive shops of Colonial Williamsburg and Merchants Square.

    Other admission passes are available for groups planning a longer visit or staying at an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel. To plan a Colonial Williamsburg group visit, call 1-800-228-8878 or look online at www.history.org/GroupTours.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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