Calling all history buffs! The Yorktown Victory Center is being replaced by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This brand new Revolutionary War museum is jam-packed with interactive exhibits, educational interpreters, and outdoor living-history experiences.

The next time you find yourself in Williamsburg, Virginia, make your way to this exciting new museum.

What to Expect at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

There is nothing worse than being unprepared for a day at the museum. The following information will help ensure a great day in Williamsburg:

  • The museum is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Plan to spend anywhere from 2-3 hours browsing the museum.
  • Free parking is available for museum visitors.
  • Children under the age of 6 are free.
  • Adults: $12.00
  • Children ages 6-12: $7.00

 

To save money and maximize your time in Williamsburg, purchase the America’s Historic Triangle Combo pass!

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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About the Museum

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown features galleries with immersive learning environments, engaging exhibits, historical artifacts, and an outdoor living-history program. The museum teaches visitors about the struggles, stories, and triumphs faced by the original 13 colonies, which ultimately resulted in the creation of our country.

Before entering the exhibits, guests watch an introductory film in the newly built 170-seat theater.  The film, “Liberty Fever,” educates visitors about the Revolutionary war and is also narrated by an early 19th-century storyteller with a captivating voice. “Liberty Fever” sets the stage for what visitors are about to discover throughout the museum.

Throughout the exhibits, five intriguing themes related to the American Revolution are present:

The British Empire and America
Exhibits in this theme examine everything from the geography to the economy of America before the Revolution.

The Changing Relationship — Britain and North America
This theme focuses on the growing rift between Britain and the American colonies after the French and Indian War in 1763.

Revolution
Weaponry, military tactics, iconic war figures, and more are explored throughout this exhibit theme.

The New Nation
Here, visitors get a firsthand look at America’s post-war struggles through the 1780s.

The American People
This area of the museum discusses all that happens in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War such as political and social changes.

In addition, the new museum boasts a 5,000 square foot special exhibition gallery for subjects related to the permanent exhibits. These special, rotating exhibits will extend the story of the American Revolution and encourage guests to become repeat visitors.

Image via Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. / Facebook

Image via Jamestown Settlement / American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. / Facebook

Watch Revolutionary History Come to Life

Extending educational entertainment beyond the walls of the museum, visitors can also explore an outdoor living-history program at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Visitors have the opportunity to witness artillery demonstrations and military drills, tour the farmhouse and tobacco barn, and watch interpretive programming. The living-history area includes a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm to coordinate and align with lessons displayed at the indoor galleries.

Visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

If you love learning about American history, you have to add the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to your museum bucket list. This all-new museum in Williamsburg does not disappoint!

 

Celebrate Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The event marks the 410th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.

Jamestown Day

During the celebration, visitors will be treated to a day of fun and discovery. At both locations, guests can participate in and enjoy a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Witnessing Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries at the 1607 fort.
  • Watching one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sail.
  • Family-friendly activities, games, and fun.
  • Military and maritime demonstrations.
  • Traditional music and entertainment.

 

To dig into archaeological findings while celebrating Jamestown Day, head to Historic Jamestowne. The historic site will feature tours, demonstrations and continued archaeological excavations of the 1607 fort. Visitors can also meet English colonists Captain Edward Brewster Anne Burras and see displays of English and American Indian trade and archery. Plus, the St. Maries Citty Militia will be on hand to demonstrate 17th-century military tactics. A variety of ranger tours and other programs are also available for those who wish to participate.

In addition, the ship, “Discovery,” will sail at Jamestown Settlement mid-morning on Saturday, May 13th on the James River. The Discovery is a replica of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607.

Looking to add a bit of educational fun to your family vacation? Jamestown Day is the perfect addition to any kid and family-friendly trip this May.

What to Know Before Heading to Jamestown Day

To celebrate Jamestowne Day at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, separate admission is required.

Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, free for children under 6. Historic Jamestowne admission is $14.00 for people over age 16, free for people under 16 (admission subject to change). Ample free parking is available at both locations. Jamestown Settlement operates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, while Historic Jamestowne is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

To save on your trip to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, check out the America’s Historic Triangle Pass from Reserve Williamsburg. Visit Williamsburg’s historic destinations with one easy ticket!

Mark your calendars for Yorktown Day at the Yorktown Victory Center. Yorktown Day commemorates the 234th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781. A variety of engaging hands-on military interpretive programs and tours are available throughout Yorktown Victory Celebration Weekend, held October 17-19, 2015.

Williamsburg_iStock_000000605271XSmallOctober 19–Yorktown Day–the modern day observance of the victory traces its roots to 1922, when the Daughters of the American Revolution began an annual wreath-laying ceremony, which set the tradition upon which the current Yorktown Day is based. Today, the Yorktown Day Association, comprised of 13 civic, patriotic and government organizations, coordinates the traditional commemorative events.

The annual pageant of flags, a colorful display that includes the American and French national colors, the flags of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the flags of the 13 Yorktown Day Association members, is scheduled for the morning around 9:30am. At the conclusion of the Patriotic Exercises, a wreath will be placed on the Yorktown Victory Monument in memory of those who fought and died during the siege of Yorktown in 1781.

In addition to the morning wreath ceremonies and pageant of flags, a parade is also planned. It begins at 10:30am. The route will follow Yorktown’s Main Street and pass in front of the Yorktown Victory Monument, erected in 1881 to commemorate the military victory a century before.

The American-French victory against British forces in 1781 was the last major military action of the American Revolution, effectively securing independence for the American colonies.


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Yorktown-Victory-Center-LogoThe Yorktown Victory Center, a museum dedicated to the American Revolution, is hosting the Yorktown Victory Celebration on October 17-18, 2015. The event will feature military re-enactors, musket and artillery demonstrations, and hands-on interpretive programs at recreations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. The Celebration is being held from 9am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Almost 40 Revolutionary War re-enactors will be on hand for the event, including units with 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, James City County Militia, Redstone Rangers Militia, and many others.

Yorktown Victory Center’s Continental Army Encampment

Yorktown Victory Center’s Continental Army Encampment
Photo Credit: Yorktown Victory Center/Facebook

“A School for the Soldier” will provide visitors to experience Revolutionary War life firsthand. Located at the army encampment, the “school” will offer opportunities to drill with wooden muskets and apply tactical skills in mock combat, as well as learn about solders’ provisions and sleeping quarters. Troop communication, espionage and earthworks will also be explored. “School” sessions will be offered at 10:05am and 12:35pm on both days, with an extra session held on Sunday at 3:35pm. Artillery demonstrations will be held at 11:05am and 3:05pm each day.

“The Price of Liberty,” a role-playing demonstration at the recreated 1780s farm, is scheduled on Saturday at 10:35am and 10:35am and 4:15pm on Sunday. This demonstration offers insight into the hardships Americans endured while seeking independence. During the “Citizen Militia” segment visitors can learn about the transition from a farmer to a soldier and farm visitors can also observe methods of open-hearth cooking at 12:05pm daily and play 18th century games from 10am-4pm.

Yorktown Farm

Yorktown Farm
Photo Credit: Yorktown Victory Center/Facebook

For a $10 fee in addition to general admission, visitors can register for “Enlist,” a one-hour program that allow participants to sign enlistment papers, march and drill with wooden muskets, identify uniforms of allies and enemies, build living quarters and defensive earthworks, learn about espionage, roll and keep a musket cartridge, see artillery firing and receive advance “pay” and orders from General George Washington.

Participation in event activities is included with Yorktown Victory Center admission. Purchase the America’s Historic Triange Combo Pass to have access to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.
Weekend events will also be held at Yorktown Battlefield. Plus, a Yorktown Day Parade is planned for October 19 to mark the official anniversary of the British surrender to American forces in 1781.

The Yorktown Victory Center is located approximately 20 minutes from Williamsburg, Virginia.


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This winter you can experience “A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Williamsburg, VA.  From December 1, 2014, through January 4, 2015, you can get a glimpse of 17th and 18th century holiday traditions with special tours, period music, interpretive programs and demonstrations planned. 

Jamestown Settlement
Daily orientation tours of the Jamestown Settlement’s outdoor living history areas will be given at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Learn about the colonists’ Christmas at sea in 1606 and how the Powhatan Indians assisted Captain John Smith’s party during 1608. Beginning December 6, fort visitors can experience riddles and revelry by the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief,” at 11am and 2:30pm daily and, from December 21 through 31, also at 4pm. 

“A Jamestown Christmas” holiday film and special programs will take a look at how the English Christmas customs compared and contrasted to the colonists’ early years in America.

Yorktown Victory Center
Visit Yorktown Victory Center to learn what Christmas was like during war. Walk through military encampments while you hear tales of the holidays and winter hardships.  Observe artillery demonstrations at 11:05am and 3:05pm daily. At the clapboard farmhouse, see demonstrations of holiday activities like open-hearth cooking and candle-dipping.

From December 26-31, 2014,and January 2-4, there will be daily performances of 17th and 18th century musical entertainment including the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown will be featured at both Williamsburg historical attractions.

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Before modern appliances and technology came along preparing, preserving and harvesting food was an arduous process.  With clay pots and iron kettles used over hot coals, and preservation methods like smoking, salt curing and pickling, colonialists did their best to make use of the conditions before them.  This Thanksgiving, learn about the 17th and 18th century food practices during Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, a three-day event at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center taking place November 27-29, 2014.

Special programs at Jamestown Settlement explore how food was gathered, stored, and cooked during the 17th and 18th centuries.  In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, you can see venison, turkey and other game roast over an open fire, while stews of corn, beans and squash cook in clay pots.  During your visit, learn about the importance of corn to the Powhatan Indians and how they used stone and hone to make tools to obtain and prepare food.   

Make your way to the ships’ pier to discover a day in the life of a sailor.  Try your hand at hauling cargo aboard ship, then see if you can whip up the sailor’s most common food item – a ship’s biscuit.  Find out how the colony was provisioned, as well as explore typical sailors’ fare of salted fish, biscuit and dried foods.

To get a demonstration of open-hearth cooking, including bread, pies, pudding, and pottage, visit the recreated early 17th century fort.  Historical interpreters create all of the dishes with recipes based on those published by Elinore Fettiplace in 1604 and Robert May in 1660. On Thursday and Friday, an entire pig will be processed into hams and bacon, followed by salting for preservation.   You can also witness several military demonstrations, including the firing of a swivel gun, near the fort. 

Venture over to Yorktown Victory Center to experience life as a solider and how they turned meager rations of dried beans, salted meat and hard bread into nourishing soups and stews. There will be daily artillery drills at the re-created Continental Army encampment as well as a special program illustrating the consequences of plunder and theft of food.  At the farm kitchen and variety of dishes will be prepared each day using  18th-century open-hearth cooking techniques and recipes.   On Thursday and Friday only an entire pig will be turned into hams and bacon and salted for preservation.  Plus, historical interpreters will demonstrate methods of preserving fruit and vegetables.

If all the food demonstrations work  up your appetite, the Jamestown Settlement Cafe will be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11am-4pm on November 27.

Reserve America’s Historic Triangle Combo Pass to gain access to both of these historical sites, as well as Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown Battlefield.  If you would like to visit Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement only, the History is Fun for the Holidays combo ticket is the way to go.  Available for purchase online only, the ticket offers seven days of unlimited admission to both museums at $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for ages 6 through 12.

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The annual Yorktown Victory Celebration to commemorate the decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will take place October 18-19, 2014, from 9am-5pm. Come for a weekend of military re-enactments, musket and artillery demonstrations, and hands-on programs suitable for all ages.

Visitors can learn firsthand what it was like to be a soldier in the Revolutionary War during “A School for the Soldier.” This program will offer opportunities to drill with wooden muskets and mock combat, plus experience a soldier’s provisions and sleeping quarters. Attendees can also learn methods of troop communication, espionage during the war and the importance of earthworks during the siege.

For cooking and textile demonstrations, come to the 1780s farm. “The Price of Liberty” program also takes place at the farm and will explore the sacrifices that had to be made to break free from Great Britain. Farm visitors can observe methods of open-hearth cooking, see textile demonstrations, and learn about the transition from farmer to soldier as they train as members of the citizen militia.

The Yorktown Victory Celebration follows Yorktown Day taking place October 19. This marks the official anniversary of the British surrender to American forces in 1781. There will be a parade at and special ceremonies to commemorate the event.

The Yorktown Victory Celebration event is included in the regular admission of $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for kids 6-12. The Yorktown Victory Center is open 9am-5pm daily.Yorktown Battlefield is also hosting a variety of tours and talks on Saturday and Sunday to mark the anniversary of the climatic 1781 siege. All programs will begin at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Cost on Saturday is $7, with kids 16 and under free. No admission will be charged on Sunday.

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Williamsburg is known as America’s Historic Triangle and for good reason.  It is the birthplace of our nation and home to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield.  Many speculate it is also home to wandering ghosts and plenty of folklore plays into to the ghosts of Williamsburg theory.

You can find out for yourself by attending a Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour.  The walking tour is of Williamsburg’s Historic Area and blends local folklore, ghost stories, historical information and trivia together for an entertaining evening.  During the tour, your guide will lead you through the streets of Williamsburg VA by candlelit lantern.  The tour is based on the book The Ghosts of Williamsburg by L. B. Taylor and weaves many of his tales into the experience. 
Tours are offered at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in January and February and nightly March through December. Additional tours also are offered at 8:45 p.m. June through August.
Tickets can be purchased at the Williamsburg General Store. 

Historic Museums in Williamsburg highlight the history and culture of America.  Colonial America and 18th century traditions and customs are put on full display at Williamsburg museum like Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.  Read on to find out more about these unique attractions.

The Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Some buildings are open to the public, while others are private residences and administrative offices. Scores of original buildings, hundreds of homes, shops, and public buildings are reconstructed over 301 acres – most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, trades, and gardens add layers of authenticity to the recreated town.  Find yourself fully in the nation’s yesterdays as you dance with an 18th-century instructor, walk with curators and gardeners, take part in a witch trial, or march with the Fifes and Drums. Find these programs and many more offered daily in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.

The Jamestown Settlement pays homage to America’s first permanent English colony. There are recreations of the colonists’ fort, three ships and a Powhatan Indian Village that depicts life in the early 1600s.

Yorktown is the site of the final battle of the American Revolutionary War, and is home to the Yorktown Victory Center. Artifact-filled galleries and outdoor recreations showcase the life of Americans during the Revolutionary era.

Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church and original 17th-century church tower; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River; “meet” a 17th-century personality; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse.

Discover all Williamsburg has to offer by visiting a historical museum in the area. If you purchase the America’s Historic Triangle Combo Pass you’ll gain access to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center.  The ticket is valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to all museums. 

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When you visit Colonial Williamsburg you are transported to an era that was revolutionary to America’s history.  The living history museum brings the time period to life with reenactments, including Revolutionary City which allows you to be a part of our historic community at war. Meet the townspeople, tradespeople, shopkeepers, political figures, women, and the enslaved that call Williamsburg home—and learn of their hopes, struggles, and fears in these uncertain times. As you explore the challenges of daily life set against the backdrop of revolution, look for the many opportunities to play your role as a citizen of the Revolutionary City.

After a day exploring the intricacies and daily life of America during the Revolution, make time to see one of Colonial Williamsburg’s shows.  Starting around 7pm at night, these intriguing and historically-centric shows delight visitors young and old.  Shows explore various aspects of colonial culture, including witch hints. 

Make plans to see one of these unique shows on your next Colonial Williamsburg visit:

Ghosts Among Us
When the sun goes down, Williamsburg has a haunted history to tell. Enter some of the haunted buildings and sites, meet their ghostly inhabitants, and encounter some who have lived to tell of their supernatural experiences. Each of these one-hour walking tours introduces you to a different cast of characters. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children. Cost is $15.
Pirates Among Us
Blackbeard is dead, and many of his crew have been tried and hanged in Williamsburg. On this walking tour, you will meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their true pirate tales. Beware! You may even be persuaded to join his spectral band of fellows as they haunt the streets searching for kindred spirits. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children. Cost is $15.
Williamsburg Civil War Tour
The old colonial capital of Williamsburg played an important part in the American Civil War. In addition to serving as headquarters, first for the Southern Army and later for the Northern Army, it experienced a tragic battle on its doorstep. Join in a walking tour of the major Civil War sites of the town, meet people who were here, and learn more about Williamsburg’s role in this important period of America’s history. Cost is $15 adults, $7.50 youths.
The Walking Statue
What do you do when your true love’s father stands in the way of your romance? Send in your servant to do your dirty work, of course! This fast-paced farce full of disguises, deceptions, and devils has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since 1710. It is sure to delight you with the historically accurate costumes, sets, and wordplay that make an evening at the 18th-century theater so much fun.  Cost is $18 adults, $9 youths.
Papa Said, Mama Said
While enslaved, African Americans continued to pass their cultural morals and values from generation to generation. Participate in this delightful, interactive program as instructive fables come to life and celebrate the significance of oral African tradition. Cost is $18 adults, $9 youths.

Cry Witch
You are the jury in this candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706. Ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence, and determine the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion. Cost is $18.

Tavern Ghost Walk
Learn of the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. This family-friendly program is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Enjoy spirited and interactive 21st-century folklore of the Revolutionary City. Tours leave from Shields Tavern. Cost is $12 adults; $7 children (under 12).

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