Dig Deeper: Crack the Code

Can you get an important message to General Washington? The Revolution is at stake and only you can use common letter, numerical and masking codes to get this vital information secretly to headquarters! Students work cooperatively to analyze intelligence reports and decide which information to send to General Washington. They encode, send and decode messages while exploring the stories of Washington’s secret agents. For grades 4 and up.

Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning. 


“The spy program and our guide were both outstanding.  The hands-on activity of writing and decoding messages was super fun too.” – 5th Grade Teacher, Private School, Delaware

Program length: 2.5 hours; Rate: B

To book a tour or program, contact reservations:

(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 • group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov

Groups of 15 or more require advance reservations.

Guided tour reservations required at least three business days in advance and are subject to availability. We recommend making tour reservations at least two months in advance for fall and winter trips, and up to four months in advance for trips in the spring.

Reservations are also requested for self-guided groups.

Consult Group Admission Rates,  Field Trip Planning Made Easy and the Teacher Checklist to prepare for your visit.