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June 10, 2010

Revolutionary City moves to cooler summer hours on June 14

The fifth season of Colonial Williamsburg’s highly acclaimed outdoor street theater presentation, Revolutionary City, moves to cooler morning hours for the summer season beginning Monday, June 14.

The dramatic program, Revolutionary City, is presented 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – noon on Sunday in the Historic Area near the Capitol. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass is required for access.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry rank among Virginia’s historical giants. While these leaders were essential to winning independence and establishing a self-governing republic, many others also played critical roles. Mondays offer “Building a Nation” which acquaints ticketed guests with both well-known and obscure 18th-century townspeople of Williamsburg as they pursue their lives against a backdrop of world-changing events. The often-overlooked people of history provided the shoulders on which the famous patriots stood. Preachers, house servants, farmers, actors and artisans—both enslaved and free—built a new nation. Meet the full spectrum of nation builders, the men and women who helped shape their times and the American dream. See how their lives, like our own, are affected by the promises of the Declaration of Independence, whether realized or unfulfilled.

“Collapse of Royal Government, 1765-1776” chronicles events that occurred in Williamsburg pivotal to the evolution of Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. These events led Virginians to declare the colonies no longer under British rule but the free and independent United States of America. Join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to experience the difficult choices facing people in the process of becoming Americans.

Part of “Collapse of Royal Government, 1765-1776,” “The Next Disagreeable Thing, The Stamp Crisis and the Ball of Revolution!” is the newest scene to be added to the Revolutionary City. In 1765, Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse was a center of political debate, commercial transaction, and social discourse. On October 30, 1765, gentlemen of property, the royal governor, his council and George Mercer, Virginia’s appointed stamp distributor, all converge at Charlton’s Coffeehouse. Is this the beginning of a Revolution? Presented on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, this program takes place in front of the Coffeehouse.

Many tests and trials befall the people of America as they create a new self-governing society. Several key events move the people of Virginia toward founding a new independent republic. “Citizens at War, 1776-1781” reveals the human dramas of revolution in war-torn Williamsburg on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Revolutionary City includes “Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Patriots of All Ages” an introduction for young patriots and their families that help them know how to join in the action and become part of the story. This program is offered Tuesdays through Sundays.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Jim Bradley
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