June 5, 2008
Revolutionary City® moves to cooler morning hours June 16
The third season of Colonial Williamsburg’s highly-acclaimed outdoor dramatic presentation, Revolutionary City®, moves to cooler morning hours for the summer season beginning Monday, June 16, offering new scenes, stories and events in the Historic Area for ticketed guests.
New program additions in 2008 to the Revolutionary City experience include Building A Nation, Revolutionary Stories and Revolutionary City After Dark. In addition, new portrayals for the engaging and interactive two-hour drama present special appeal for families as guests follow their Revolutionary forebears’ transition from subjects to citizens and make connections between those Revolutionary changes and issues facing citizens today.
The two-hour dramatic presentation, Revolutionary City, is presented 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday in the Historic Area near the Capitol. “Revolutionary Stories,” a new program with presentations staged during the afternoon at the Governor’s Palace and other Historic Area sites, complements the day’s Revolutionary City episode.
Younger guests enjoy new programs designed to enhance their experience. “Get Revved!” offers youngsters a youthful perspective of the people and ideas that shaped the American Revolution and opportunities to meet with Revolutionary City characters and their animal co-stars.
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 headline “Citizens At War” – the second 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.
“Building A Nation,” presented every Monday, explores the lives of America’s founders —the well-known and the little-known citizens and individuals—who quietly built a new nation as they went about their daily lives. Guests meet and engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and others as they begin to shape a new society with the promise of liberty and prosperity for all. Alexander Purdie, a printer and immigrant Scot, publishes one of two Williamsburg newspapers and uses his newspaper to champion the patriot cause. The enslaved bemoan the prospect that freedom is not universal as an enslaved Baptist preacher takes comfort in his religious beliefs. Martha Washington visits the capital city to demonstrate concern for the Revolution’s wounded veterans as a founding father envisions the future of the new republic.
As the sun sets, the evening presents new opportunities for guests to continue the Revolutionary activities. Revolutionary City After Dark presents nightly programs directly linked to the daytime Revolutionary City experiences. Revolutionary City After Dark events require a separate ticket.
Attendance at daytime Revolutionary City programs requires Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets which will provide guests entry into restricted-access program areas.
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. “Revolutionary City®”—a daily dramatic live street theater presentation—is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 www.history.org.