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June 21, 2011

New Family Activity: Colonial Williamsburg’s “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros”

Colonial Williamsburg offers a new online/onsite activity to enhance and expand a family visit to the Historic Area this summer. “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” is an alternative reality game that challenges participants to save the revolution. Players must solve a mystery that helps to avert a crisis that could change the course of history in Revolutionary War-era Williamsburg.

“RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” is designed to engage youngsters online before they arrive in Williamsburg. It provides families with new and exciting activities to pursue while they visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The game is designed for youngsters eight years old and older and their family members. Players begin the game by registering on-line at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/revquest. The first game clue will be available online and participants will be encouraged to return to the website as it changes and reveals more information and clues.

When they arrive in Williamsburg, players pick up their game materials at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center. The game is free with an admission ticket, and requires families to use a cell phone capable of text messaging. To play the game through to conclusion requires approximately 90 minutes, but playing time does not have to be continuous. Players may spread their playing time throughout their stay as they explore the Historic Area for clues.

Successful completion of the game earns players a special meeting with a person of the past and a souvenir token of thanks for saving the revolution.

“RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” runs from July 15 through Aug. 31, and registration is open now. After families return home following their Colonial Williamsburg visit, they are encouraged to visit the post-game website. The “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” website will link to related materials on Colonial Williamsburg’s new website, www.ouramericanrevolution.org that provides greater historical context to the game.

The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites is the official hotel of “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros.”

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. 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. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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 website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281



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