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March 2, 2012

CW examines Civil War through Tours, Stories and Music

Colonial Williamsburg captures the impact of the Civil War on the town of Williamsburg and its residents through tours and music this spring.

Through the “Williamsburg Civil War Tour,” guests learn about the important role Williamsburg played in the American Civil War. In addition to witnessing both the Northern and Southern Armies, it experienced a tragic battle on its doorstep. Join in the tour and meet people who were here and learn more about Williamsburg’s role in this heart-rending period of American history. The one-hour walking tour is offered evenings at 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 on Fridays, March 16-June 15 at the Courthouse in the Historic Area. Cost for this program is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six.

The program, “Un-Civil Harmony: Music of the Civil War,” depicts how the Civil War shook our nation and tore us apart. Guests hear the stories and music of Williamsburg and America when we were at war with ourselves. The program is presented at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4-June 13 and Saturday, May 5 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. Cost for this program is $18 for adults and $9 for children under six.

“Women of Civil War Williamsburg” explores the hardship and loss after the Battle of Williamsburg and the following three years of military occupation. Guests join a one-hour walking tour that discusses the effects of the Civil War on the lives of the women of Williamsburg at 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and Sundays, April 1-June 17 at the Secretary’s Office. Cost for this program is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six.

Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests, Annual pass members and ticket holders receive a discount on these programs. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

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, 20th and 21st centuries. 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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Penna Rogers
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