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June 28, 2012

Historic Jamestowne’s Adventure Challenges Families to Find the Keys to Survival

Historic Jamestowne offers a new onsite activity to enhance and expand a family visit to the island this summer. “Survivors: A Jamestown Adventure,” which runs daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 3 - Sept. 3, is a game of chance that leads participants on a search to find material and supplies to help save the colony. As they explore the island, participants look for keys to survival that will determine their fortune in the New World.

“Survivors: A Jamestown Adventure” is designed for youth six years and older. Players pick up their illustrated game booklet featuring illustrations drawn by local artist Bentley Boyd at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center to start their adventure. Participants explore the exhibits, fort site, the island’s environment and the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium in search of keys to survival. Through luck and chance, participants find these keys and learn whether they survived and remained in the colony.

Completion of the game earns players a special reward that can be collected at the Voorhees Archaearium.

“Survivors: A Jamestown Adventure” is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Admission is $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Park passes are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4497 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org.

This program is presented jointly by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Guests to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. 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.

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 Revolutionary City 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.

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Penna Rogers
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