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July 29, 2008

Discover the tumultuous times of the American Revolution in CW's Historic Area as depicted in the HBO miniseries honored by 23 Emmy® Award nominations

Discover the excitement and tumultuous times of the American Revolution, as portrayed in the critically-acclaimed 2008 HBO television event, “John Adams,” in the very places the miniseries was filmed. The miniseries recently earned 23 Emmy® Award nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Although Adams’s travels never brought him to Williamsburg, his fellow patriots and colleagues lived and worked here and walked the streets where events leading to and during the Revolutionary War actually occurred.

Colonial Williamsburg today preserves and presents the ambience and drama of the time which is why filmmakers chose Colonial Williamsburg as a location for production of the seven episode event.

The Revolutionary City® -- a daily two-hour interactive street theater presentation -- brings the Revolutionary period to life, inviting guests to experience the transformation from royal subjects to citizens of a new republic. The Revolutionary City presents historical events chosen to tell timeless stories that resonate with experiences of modern audiences.

Following in the footsteps of Founding Fathers and other Revolutionary figures, guests may obtain lodging in Historic Area colonial houses and taverns and experience the character of the time without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences.

Guests can enjoy the culinary delights of the 18th century in the Historic Area’s four operating taverns. Taste revolutionary recipes, updated for modern dining, as balladeers perform popular music of the period and provide encouragement to sing along and join the fun.

Guests may sample the everyday entertainments available to Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington and other patriots. Long before cable television, the Internet and cinema, live theater provided pleasant diversion. Enjoy the drama of an 18th-century play, attend a ball at the royal Governor’s Palace or listen to a concert of period music played on antique instruments.

Guests also may wish to probe the African American experience through the evolution of music from Africa to the Caribbean to America or the oral traditions that preserved the culture.

Experience the 18th-century world of work in dozens of shops where craftsmen and women study, preserve and practice historic trades, such as brickmaking, carpentry, gunsmithing, saddlery and many others. Take a carriage ride to discover how colonists traveled to meet and determine their course of action against the injustices and transgressions of the British crown.

If an 18th-century immersion experience isn’t enough, modern stargazers may enjoy trying to identify several Historic Area locations used during filming of the miniseries, “John Adams,” based on David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and now on DVD.

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 trades people 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 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

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