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March 18, 2008

Discover the times of John Adams in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area

Discover the excitement and tumultuous times of the American Revolution, as portrayed in the new HBO television event, “John Adams,” in the very places the miniseries was filmed.

Although Adams’s travels never brought him to Williamsburg, his fellow patriots and colleagues lived and worked here and walked the streets where events leading to and during the Revolutionary War actually occurred.

Colonial Williamsburg today preserves and presents the ambience and drama of the time which is why filmmakers chose the Historic Area for production of the seven episode event.

The Revolutionary City® -- a daily two-hour interactive street theater presentation -- brings the Revolutionary period to life, inviting guests to experience the transformation from royal subjects to citizens of a new republic. Incorporating new scenes in its third season, the Revolutionary City presents historical events chosen to tell timeless stories that resonate with experiences of modern audiences.

The 18th century doesn’t end in the Revolutionary City. Following in the footsteps of Founding Fathers and other Revolutionary figures, guests may obtain lodging in Historic Area colonial houses and taverns and experience the character of the time without sacrificing any of the modern conveniences.

With accommodations secured, guests may explore the culinary delights of the 18th century in the Historic Area’s four operating taverns. Taste revolutionary recipes, updated for modern dining, as balladeers perform popular music of the period and provide encouragement to sing along and join the fun.

With appetites sated, guests may explore the everyday entertainments available to Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington and other patriots. Long before cable television, the Internet and cinema, live theater provided pleasant diversion.

Experience the drama of an 18th-century play, attend a ball in honor of the governor’s wife or listen to a concert of period music played on antique instruments.

Guests also may wish to explore the African American experience through the evolution of music from Africa to the Caribbean to America or the oral traditions that preserved the culture.

Explore the 18th-century world of work in dozens of shops where craftsmen and women study, preserve and practice the ancient arts and mysteries of the historic trades. Take a seat in a carriage or stage wagon to discover how colonists traveled to meet and determine their course of action against the injustices and transgressions of King George III and his Parliament.

If an 18th-century immersion experience isn’t enough, modern stargazers may enjoy trying to identify several Historic Area locations used during filming of the seven-episode miniseries, “John Adams,” based on David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and cablecast on HBO Sunday evenings March 16 – April 20.

For more information about Colonial Williamsburg or to make reservations, telephone toll-free 1-800-HISTORY.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” -- a daily dramatic live street theater presentation -- is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281