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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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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 Washingt

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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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Dig Deeper: Kindling a Spark

In the re-created Powhatan village and James Fort, students compare cultures as they discover the sometimes surprising ways the Powhatan Indians and English settlers used fire in early colonial Virginia.  Students apply physics principles to test fire starting using English flint and steel and a bow drill used by some American Indian groups. Students work to produce a spark and then compare the tw

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Dig Deeper: Setting Sail

At the ship’s pier, students work in teams to complete the tasks of a 17th-century ship’s crew and learn what it took to be an explorer like Christopher Newport!  As part of a crew, tie knots, lift cargo and determine the speed of your ships. Students put their science and math skills to work to determine their position and plot a course to reach Virginia’s shores!  For grades 5 and up. Progra

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