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January 18, 2007

CW's revolutionary stories highlight indoor winter programs

During the winter months, guests of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area can come in from the cold to enjoy indoor vignettes from the highly acclaimed dramatic presentation, Revolutionary City.

“A Conversation with a Nation Builder,” will be presented 12:45-1:30 p.m. daily except Thursdays in the Mary Stith Shop. Each day a different 18th-century Virginian holds a candid discussion about how living through the Revolutionary events of their day is shaping their vision of the American dream. These forgotten heroes of history were no less instrumental in the establishment of the United States as a self-governing republic than their contemporaries, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.

“The King’s Government Collapses – 1774 to 1776: ‘Revolutionary People!’” will be presented every 15 minutes from 2-3:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Raleigh Tavern. Join in the debate with the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg as they discuss events that led to the dissolution of British authority in the colonies and America's Declaration of Independence.

“In the Course of Human Events - 1776 to 1781: ‘Revolutionary People!’” presented every 15 minutes from 2-3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in the Raleigh Tavern, finds Colonial Williamsburg in the thick of the American Revolution, its citizens struggling to go about their daily lives amid the turmoil of war. In this spirited debate, Williamsburg’s residents weigh the difficulties of forging a new, self-governing republic while simultaneously waging the battle for freedom.

“Dialogues in Revolution! - 1774 to 1776” will be presented from 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Feb. 19 through March 8 at the Capitol. These impassioned debates cover events that were pivotal in the evolution of Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. Guests can join in the discussion with colonial Virginia’s representatives as they argue for independence in the face of tyranny.

“Dialogues in Revolution! - 1776-1781” will be presented from 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 20, 22, 27, 29 and March 2, 5, 7 and 9 at the Capitol. After declaring independence from Britain, Virginia’s delegates struggle to maintain their new government and defend its ideals. This interactive debate gives guests the chance to learn about the myriad difficulties that faced their Revolutionary forebears as they fought to build a new nation.

A valid Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Pass provides access to all Revolutionary City stories. Scheduling is subject to change.

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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. 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 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 Web site at

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