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September 2, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City Begins Fall Hours Labor Day

The sixth season of Colonial Williamsburg's highly acclaimed Revolutionary City programs returns to an afternoon schedule beginning Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. The 90-minute, dramatic outdoor presentation of interactive stories and events occurs mid-afternoon daily 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.

“Revolutionary City: The King’s Government Collapses, 1765-1776” chronicles growing tensions beginning with the 1765 Stamp Act as loyal subjects turn against their king and embrace revolutionary ideas, compelling the American colonies to choose between monarchy and self-government. The King’s Government Collapses is presented Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Revolutionary City: The Challenge of Independence, 1776-1781” reveals the human dramas of the Revolution in war-torn Williamsburg. Guests follow the progress of the war as both free and enslaved cope with the effects of threats to personal freedoms, family members missing in military action and other hardships while they ponder their loyalties and what the future holds. The Challenge of Independence is presented Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Mondays offer “Building a Nation!” acquainting guests with both famous and not-so-famous townspeople of 18th-century Williamsburg. Guests engage patriot leaders, visionary preachers and other residents, enslaved and free, as they shape a new society with the promise of liberty and prosperity for all its citizens.

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

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

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