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August 14, 2009

CW's Revolutionary City offers guests new, late summer experiences at the birth of a nation

The Revolutionary City® presents new, late summer programs Aug. 17-30 as the interactive presentations encourage Colonial Williamsburg guests to experience the trials, turmoil and triumphs surrounding the birth of our nation.

The live, street theater scenes will be presented in the western half of the Historic Area and be spread throughout the day, rather than in their current 90-minute continuous format while electric utility work takes place at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street in preparation for the opening of Charlton’s Coffeehouse in November.

Printed broadsides will detail each day’s schedules including summaries of scenes and their locations enabling guests to create their own experiences by choosing from a variety of scenes of interest. The broadsides will be available at numerous locations: the Visitor Center and all other ticket locations, the Gateway Building, Colonial Williamsburg hotels, and through all Guest Service and Orientation interpreters. The schedules also will be listed in This Week, Colonial Williamsburg’s weekly program calendar brochure.

“Revolutionary City: The Collapse of Royal Government — 1774-1776” portrays events occurring in 1770s Williamsburg that were pivotal in the evolution of Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. The events led Virginians to declare their colony no longer under British rule but a free and independent Commonwealth. “The Collapse of Royal Government” is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Revolutionary City: Citizens At War — 1776-1781” brings to life the many tests and trials that befall the people of America as they create a new self-governing society. Several key events move the people of Virginia toward founding a new independent republic. Join us for Revolutionary City and experience the turmoil and challenges that confront citizens while shaping a new society and government in the midst of a war to secure their independence. “Citizens At War” is presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

“Revolutionary City: Building A Nation” narrates an epic saga of the famous and the unknown. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry rank among Virginia’s historical giants. While they were essential to winning independence and establishing a self-governing republic, the often-overlooked people of history played critical roles and provided the shoulders on which the famous patriots stood. Preachers, house servants, farmers, actors, and artisans—enslaved and free—built a new nation while shaping the American dream expressed in the promises of the Declaration of Independence.

All programs are presented weather permitting and listed performance times are approximate.

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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281