Life of a Private

Why did the American Revolution succeed?

Why did the American Revolution succeed? Students investigate causes of the Revolutionary War and learn what life was like for those serving in the Continental Army – not just as soldiers, but also as civilians. Students explore the reasons Americans won the war and the struggle to create a new nation. The program includes a visit to the re-created Continental Army encampment, Revolution-era farm, and the indoor galleries. For grades 4 and up.

Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning. 


The children really enjoyed experiencing what life was liked during Early Colonization.  Today helped them to make connections to the text they have read in class.” – 4th Grade Teacher, All Saints Catholic School.
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 •

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.