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February 11, 2011

Home Educators Can Be Part of the Story During Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschooler Experience Feb. 26-March 5

Homeschoolers and their families can see the world in the 1770s when the colonists made their journey from subjects to citizens during Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschooler Experience on Feb. 26-March 5. There is still time to register and receive discounts on tickets for the Homeschooler Experience.

During these two weeks, families experience the life of the Benjamin Powell family, as the house opens exclusively for homeschoolers, and participate in daily life through a variety of activity-driven interpretations. Groups will be guided through the original 18th-century house and will find 18th-century games, put their best foot forward on the dance floor, fluff a feather mattress, set a proper table and take tea, and learn how to treat injuries and common illnesses. All programs are subject to change.

Home educators also learn about representative government at the Capitol, visit with people from the past at R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse and explore the world of work and enterprise inside the trade shops in town. The Homeschooler Experience offers a new program this year. “Amazing Grace,” explores 18th-century religious views with Anglican clergyman Rev. John Camm and Gowan Pamphlet, a popular free African American preacher of the period on Sunday afternoons.

In the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, home educators and their families can take advantage of a number of programs. “Accessorize!” features 18th- and 19th-century fashion accessories. Students then hunt for them in the portraits of people in the galleries. Examine two quilts from Gee’s Bend, Ala., and learn about African American quilt makers and the culture that inspired them. “When Insects Invade: The Unwanted Museum Visitor” is a tour just for youth and uncovers what types of insects museums worry about, what kind of damage they do and how conservators deal with them once they are inside. Dates and times for these programs and more are listed in the CW This Week brochure.

Special Tickets Offer Just for Homeschoolers

Families can purchase special admission passes and save in advance of the Homeschooler Experience. One-day tickets for adults are $7.50 in advance and $9.50 for walk-in tickets, two-day tickets are $10.50 in advance and $12.50 for walk-in tickets, and five-day adult tickets are $15.50 for advance and $20.50 for walk-in tickets. One-day tickets for students ages six to 17 are $5.50 in advance and $7.50 for walk-in tickets, two-day tickets are $8.50 in advance and $10.50 for walk-in tickets and five-day tickets are $13.50 in advance and $18.50 for walk-in tickets. Children age five and under are free.

This ticket includes admission to Historic Area exhibition sites, including the Capitol, Governor’s Palace, trade shops, homes and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Three special programs also will be offered for only $5 each. Guests can meet some of the women who made the 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia home during the walking tour, “Women of Williamsburg,” which will be held Feb. 28, March 2 and March 4. Colonial Williamsburg’s stable and rare breed animal program are the focus of “Bits and Bridles,” which can be seen Feb. 26, March 2 and March 4. The walking tour, “The Mechanics of the Trades,” visits the Blacksmith Shop on Feb. 26, March, 1, March 3 and March 5.

To purchase a homeschooler ticket, call 1-800-280-8039 or visit us at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/homeschoolers to print off the order form to mail or fax back.

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 on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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 www.history.org.

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