February 28, 2012
RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros Returns to the Revolutionary City As Spring Guests Save the Revolution and Visit the New Arsenal of Independence
The highly popular, interactive RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros game returns to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area for the spring break season March 26 through April 22. Participants in the alternate reality game join the Friends of Liberty while they save the American Revolution by uncovering a treacherous plot against a leading patriot. During summer 2011, more than 10,000 guests participated in the game’s inaugural season.
While scouring the Historic Area in search of clues to solve the mystery presented in the alternate reality game, guests explore the excitement of a city on the precipice of revolution as they witness the Revolutionary City—the daily portrayal of people and times that changed the world—or join the march of the Fifes and Drums, learn to step a proper minuet and watch the cannons fire salutes to independence.
Spring guests will be the first to see the newly reconstructed arsenal of independence, the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury — Colonial Williamsburg’s newest Historic Trades experience — opening March 31. In the late 1770s, James Anderson became the public armourer for the fledging independent Commonwealth of Virginia and expanded his blacksmith shop into an industrial complex. Guests will experience the several trades practiced here by a diverse work force that included skilled journeymen, apprentices, prisoners of war, indentured servants and slaves. Historic foodways interpreters will prepare meals that fed Anderson’s 40-strong work force.
Families visiting in springtime experience hands-on history at the Benjamin Powell House, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. April 7-15, and fill their evenings with memorable dining in the 18th-century taverns and explorations of ghosts, pirates and accusations of witchcraft.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy their historic experiences by choosing lodging in an Official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. The Spring Bounce package provides lodging and admission to Colonial Williamsburg and other area attractions allowing families the freedom to bounce between the 18th and the 21st centuries. Spring Bounce package rates start at $323 per night for a 3-day/2-night getaway for a family of four including admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. For more information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com or call toll free 1-800-HISTORY.
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, 20th and 21st 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.