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May 25, 2012

Look at the Revolutionary War through the Eyes of the British

Get a closer look at the American Revolution through the eyes of the British during the guided tour, “A Very British Revolution,” at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. The tour examines the American War of Independence from the point of view of English history and the greater British Empire. The tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, May 30, June 6 and 13, 3 p.m. June 20 and 27, and 11:30 a.m. July 11-Aug. 15.

Using objects on display such as the “warming machine” from the Governor’s Palace, a printed handkerchief, porcelain figurines and British royal portraits, this 45-minute tour illustrates the impact of famous British political acts and documents – such as the Magna Carta, the divine right of kings and the Acts of Succession, on the American Declaration of Independence.

Admission is included in all Historic Area or Museum passes.

For more information, call (757) 220-7724 or visit

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

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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. 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 website at

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121