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September 16, 2009

Homeschooler Weeks help students explore 18th-century history through special interactive programs

Home educators and their children are getting up-close 18th-century history during the Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experience through Sept. 27.

During these two weeks, homeschooler families have the opportunity to choose from a variety of programs in the Historic Area and the Art Museums. Special programs are provided just for homeschoolers. During, Private Audience with a Nation Builder, guests meet the founders of our nation and learn how they shaped their times and the American dream.

When the Sun Goes Down explores the free time of African Americans from 18th-century Virginia. Swapping Tales helps home educators and their families find morals and values in stories from times past.

Mother Goose Riddles and Rhymes Tours are designed for nonreading, pre-school and kindergarten-age children. It uses 18th-century nursery rhymes and involves exploration and discovery of artifacts and activities throughout the Historic Area.

Families also can visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Great Hopes Plantation to learn about the lives and work of middling farmers, African Americans enslaved in rural areas and carpenters in 18th-century Virginia. Children can enjoy hands-on activities, including performing domestic chores, pulling water from a well to wash clothes and tending the garden.

“Since the program started in the fall of 2006, Colonial Williamsburg has had more than 26,000 homeschoolers visit through our Homeschooler Weeks program,” said Nancy Brisbane, director of ticket sales.

For more information, please contact the School and Youth Group Sales office at 1-800-228-8878 or visit us on the Web at

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. 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

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