August 24, 2007
Revolutionary City™ programs resume autumn hours for fall season beginning Sept. 3
Colonial Williamsburg's second season of the highly-acclaimed Revolutionary City™ program returns to its afternoon schedule beginning Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The two-hour, outdoor dramatic presentation offers interactive stories and events 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. each day on Duke of Gloucester St. beginning at the Capitol. Ticketed guests are invited to follow their Revolutionary-era forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens and make connections between those Revolutionary changes and issues facing citizens today.
The seasonal change also shifts presentation times for new 2007 program additions to the Revolutionary City experience, including Revolutionary Stories -- which complement the day’s Revolutionary City episode and are staged mornings at the Governor’s Palace and the Peyton Randolph house --while Revolutionary City After Dark provides evening enhancements to the guest experience.
The Revolutionary City experience begins with Nation Builders -- presented Mondays -- offering glimpses of the un-sung heroes of the American Revolution on whose shoulders the famous patriots stood. The oft-overlooked people of history – preachers, servants, tradesmen, Revolutionary War veterans, enslaved and free -- lived their lives, some heroically and some humbly, and weathered the transition from subjects to citizens to build a new, self-governing nation.
Guests experience the Collapse of Royal Government in the Revolutionary City as colonial outrage turned loyal subjects against their king and sparked revolutionary ideas that divided loyalties – even within families – and compelled Williamsburg residents to choose between monarchy and self-government. Collapse of Royal Government is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while “Revolutionary Stories” explore the challenges facing Royal Governor Dunmore and Lady Dunmore’s preparations to meet the colony’s leading families.
Rumors of war crimes and profiteering headline “Citizens At War” – the third episode of Revolutionary City. With independence declared, but far from achieved, residents of war-torn Williamsburg faced a new set of concerns. Slaves considered the uncertain promise of freedom if they would flee their patriot masters and join the British. Citizens strive to survive the ravages of war and a British occupation of their city, and then finally celebrate Gen. Washington’s advance on nearby Yorktown. “Citizens At War” is presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. “Revolutionary Stories” presentations bring guests into the 1776 discussion of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights and a new constitution for the Commonwealth while Patrick Henry relates his vision for Virginia as its first elected governor.
The Revolutionary City is designed to provide timeless parallels between the lives of modern Americans and corresponding 18th-century events and issues. The Revolutionary City 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.
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.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free
1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.