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September 20, 2011

“So Far From Scioto” Returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area Oct. 1

The Native American presence in Williamsburg at the dawn of the American Revolution returns to the Historic Area in a Revolutionary Story that begins its three-week autumn run Saturday, Oct. 1.
“So Far From Scioto” chronicles the saga of three young Shawnee emissaries who were brought to Williamsburg in late 1774 as security to ensure compliance with a peace agreement that ended Lord Dunmore’s War in the Ohio Country.

Entertained and honored as diplomatic emissaries, the Shawnee delegation witnesses the turmoil and public outcry in Williamsburg during the Spring of 1775: 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 in the face of growing conflict with Virginian patriots. Torn by 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” opens Saturday, Oct. 1 with two performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the amphitheater behind R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. The program is presented Tuesdays through Saturdays Oct. 1 – 22 as a part of Revolutionary City programming.

Admission to “So Far From Scioto” is by Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card.

“So Far From Scioto” 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 and draws on the talents and resources of the American Indian community. The Shawnee characters will be portrayed by an all Native cast.

Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative and “So Far From Scioto” are supported by gifts from two generous Colonial Williamsburg supporters.

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. 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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Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281