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Revolution and the New Nation

What challenges faced the Founding Fathers as they struggled to form a new nation? Discover how George Washington and other Founding Fathers won the Revolutionary War and created the foundational documents of the United States of America, including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Constitution. Students engage in role play and document analysis as they take sides in t

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Yorktown Living History Sampler

Explore our recreated Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm in this interactive experience that shows life in Virginia before, during and after the Revolutionary War. For all ages Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “After studying Yorktown and Colonial time in the classroom, it's excellent for the student to experience the real history in p

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Revolutionary Virginia

Lots of information was recorded about famous people of the American Revolution, but what about everyone else? Students analyze primary sources and reproduction artifacts in collaborate groups to understand the lives of ordinary 18th-century Virginians during the American Revolution. Visit the recreated Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm to hear stories of those who made choices i

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Dig Deeper: A Chance for Freedom

Take an empathetic journey as we connect with the lives of enslaved people during the American Revolution from their perspectives. Students discover what the daily lives of enslaved people were like through hands-on activities in the Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. They then make the difficult decision – What is my best chance for freedom – to stay or to go? For grades 4 and u

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Dig Deeper: Yorktown Under Siege

Join the Continental Army and their French allies as they seek to trap Cornwallis at Yorktown! Groups discover how soldiers built trenches and redoubts to fend off their enemies. They master the skills of laying out fortifications in the 18th-century style by actually building their own. They learn how the weather and physics helped seal the fate of the British army. This tour combines hands-on hi

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Life of a Private

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,

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Yorktown Guided Tour

Experience life in Revolutionary War Virginia. How did farmers, soldiers, and statesmen navigate the unknown as they worked to shape American democracy? Learn about daily life in the 18th-century in our recreated continental Army encampment, Revolution-era farm, and gallery spaces. For all ages. Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “This was excellent!  We have not c

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Arts and Artisans of the 17th Century

Discover highlights of the Jamestown Settlement gallery including a 17th century English silver steeple cup used as a lottery prize to raise money for the Virginia Company, African gold weights and an African crucifix, and other utilitarian and art objects of the African, English and Powhatan Indian cultures. Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning

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Making Your Garden Grow

What common decorative plant seen in lawns today was used by the Powhatan Indians to make rope? Why did the English starve while the Virginia Indians had plenty? Discover Jamestown as ground zero for the clash of American and introduced cultivars, and how food crops affected American evolution.  Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “I learned

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Jamestown Guided Tour

Take in the incredible history of America’s first permanent English settlement on this interactive tour. Each group is led by a professional museum educator who will ask questions and pose problems that help students connect to the people and events of Jamestown’s history from multiple perspectives. Along the way, they’ll engage in activities in the recreated Powhatan Indian Village, ships, and Ja

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