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August 29, 2006

Revolutionary City program returns to afternoon hours for fall season beginning September 5

Colonial Williamsburg's Revolutionary City program returns to its afternoon schedule beginning Sept. 5. The highly successful program will run from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. each day at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street nearest the Capitol.

The dramatic experience portrays the years 1774-1781 when the townspeople of Williamsburg progressed from subjects to citizens amidst momentous, world-changing events. It is a uniquely American story, presented where the events actually happened. The program, launched March 20, was developed to connect guests to the emotional and philosophical climate of the period leading up to and during the American Revolution.

To accurately depict the major events and scenes that illustrate Williamsburg’s central role in the Revolution, each day presents a two-hour interactive program, focused on select events that portray Colonial Americans’ crucial transition from subjects to citizens.

Day One documents the collapse of royal government by depicting pivotal events of 1774 to 1776, beginning with the royal governor’s dismissal of the House of Burgesses and the convening of the first Virginia convention. As events in this tumultuous period unfold, the audience has the opportunity to connect with the characters’ personal stories and share the challenges they faced as they separated themselves from British rule.

Day Two spans July 1776 – September 1781, beginning with the Declaration of Independence and including the British occupation of the city. Audience participants share the difficulties, turmoil and challenges the citizens of Virginia faced as they join in protests about the high price of goods, share the emotional and financial ravages of war and march with Gen. George Washington as he prepares for the siege of Yorktown, the Revolution’s final battle.

The two programs alternate daily and are designed to provide timeless parallels between the lives of modern Americans and corresponding 18th-century events and issues.

A Colonial Williamsburg general admission ticket, a Good Neighbor pass, or a College of William and Mary ID continues to serve as a passport to the Revolutionary City experience.

For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281