April 1, 2010
Revolutionary Story depicts Native American presence in Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution
The Native American presence returns to pre-Revolutionary War Williamsburg during the Revolutionary Story, “So Far From Scioto,” beginning a three-week run April 17.
“So Far From Scioto” chronicles the story of three young Shawnee emissaries who were brought to Williamsburg in 1774 as security to ensure compliance with a peace agreement that ended Lord Dunmore’s War in the Ohio Country.
As diplomatic hostages, the Shawnees witness the turmoil and public outcry at the beginnings of the American Revolution in Williamsburg: the seizure of the colony’s gunpowder at the Magazine by British marines, news of bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, and Lord Dunmore’s hurried departure from the Governor’s Palace and Williamsburg in the face of growing conflict with Virginian patriots. Torn by homesickness, political uncertainty and their sense of honor to serve as security for the safety of the Shawnee people, they consider their course of action.
“So Far From Scioto” is presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, April 17 – May 8, except 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Governor’s Palace garden and is part of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative, which takes a broad-based approach to include the histories of Native peoples in 18th-century Williamsburg.
“So Far From Scioto” is the first Revolutionary Story to draw on the talents and resources of the American Indian community and the Shawnee roles are portrayed by an all-Native cast.
Admission to “So Far From Scioto” is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card.
Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative and “So Far From Scioto” are supported by gifts from two anonymous Colonial Williamsburg donors.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.
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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.