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August 31, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City Begins Fall Hours Labor Day, Sept. 6

The fifth season of Colonial Williamsburg's highly acclaimed Revolutionary City programs returns to its autumn schedule beginning Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. The two-hour, dramatic outdoor presentation of interactive stories and events begins at 3 p.m. each day at the east end of Duke of Gloucester Street near the Capitol. Ticketed guests are invited to follow their Revolutionary-era counterpart’s transition from subjects to citizens and make connections between those Revolutionary changes and issues facing citizens today.

Mondays offer “Building A Nation!” which acquaints ticketed guests with both some famous and not so famous people of Williamsburg as they pursue their lives against a backdrop of world-changing events. Guests meet and engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and others who shaped a new society with the promises of liberty and prosperity.

“Collapse of Royal Government, 1765-1776” chronicles growing tensions between colonists and mother country beginning with the Stamp Act in 1765 as loyal subjects turn against their king and embrace revolutionary ideas, compelling Virginians to choose between monarchy and self-government. The political divide even threatens a romance between Williamsburg’s own Romeo and Juliet. Collapse of Royal Government is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Citizens at War, 1776-1781” reveals the human dramas of the Revolution in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests follow the progress of the war as the town welcomes the Declaration of Independence, then endures occupation by traitor Benedict Arnold and his British troops. The day ends with America’s General addressing the citizens of Williamsburg before the final siege of Yorktown. As both free and enslaved cope with the effects of threats to personal freedoms, family members missing in military action and other hardships, they ponder their loyalties and what the future holds during this episode of The Revolutionary City on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

“Get Revved! Revolutionary City for Families and Patriots of all Ages” is offered daily except Monday with a Revolutionary character providing families with a guide to the day’s experiences and how best to enjoy the dramatic presentations of the day.

The Revolutionary City and its companion presentations trace the transformation of royal subjects to self-governing citizens by portraying real events and real people as they faced conditions and issues of the time, while drawing comparisons to events and issues confronting citizens of today.

Admission to The Revolutionary City is by a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit www.history.org.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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.

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 website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281



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