March 8, 2013
RevQuest: The Lion and The Unicorn Returns to the Revolutionary City As Spring Guests Save the Revolution and Visit the New Tinsmith Shop
The highly popular, interactive RevQuest: The Lion and The Unicorn game returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for the spring break season March 25 through April 21. Participants in the alternate reality game join the Friends of Liberty while they save the American Revolution by protecting the identity of an important patriot spy. During summer 2012, more than 19,000 gamers participated in the game’s first full season.
While scouring the town in search of clues to solve the mystery presented in the alternate reality game, guests explore the excitement of a city on the precipice of revolution as they witness the Revolutionary City—the daily portrayal of people and times that changed the world—or join the march of the Fifes and Drums, learn to step a proper minuet and watch the cannons fire salutes to independence.
Spring guests will be the first to see the newly reconstructed Tinsmith Shop, part of the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury complex, opening Saturday, April 20. In the late 1770s, James Anderson became the public armourer for the fledging independent Commonwealth of Virginia and expanded his blacksmith shop into an industrial complex. Guests will experience the several trades practiced here by a diverse work force that included skilled journeymen, apprentices, prisoners of war, indentured servants and slaves. In the kitchen, historic foodways interpreters prepare meals Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays that fed Anderson’s 40-strong work force.
Families visiting in springtime experience hands-on history at the Benjamin Powell House, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. March 29 - 30, April 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 14. They fill their evenings with memorable dining in the 18th-century taverns and explorations of ghosts, pirates and accusations of witchcraft.
Guests are encouraged to choose added value with lodging in an Official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. Colonial Williamsburg Experience packages in spring season start at just $46 per person per night including length-of-stay admission and complimentary daily breakfast.
The Spring Bounce package provides lodging and admission to Colonial Williamsburg and other area attractions allowing families the freedom to bounce between the 18th and the 21st centuries. Spring Bounce package rates start at $83 per person per night for a 3-day/2-night getaway for a family of four. For more information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com or telephone toll free 1-800-447-8679.