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Teacher Study Tour

Interactive teacher study tours provide new ideas for teaching history in the classroom, as well as enhanced knowledge of colonial history.

Tour participants receive access to related resources and lesson plans to use in the classroom.

Teacher tours are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning, National Standards for History, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and Common Core. STEM objectives are incorporated into a number of programs. See detailed program descriptions for more information.

Jamestown Settlement –  Rate B
Teacher Tour – Government and Leadership

Combines Jamestown history and an exploration of government at leadership with new ideas for teaching in the classroom.

Investigate the role of leadership and government for the three cultures that interacted at Jamestown – the Powhatan Indians, Africans and English. Find out about motivations for English colonization of Virginia, the impact of Jamestown settlement on the Powhatan Indian culture, and how Africans were brought against their will to Virginia to labor in the tobacco fields. Participate in role play activities on English and Powhatan leadership to understand the perspectives of each group, and compare models of governing that had a big impact on events at Jamestown. Come away with ideas for activities, role play, and resources to share with your students. Teachers receive exclusive access to related resources and lesson plans to use in the classroom.

During this 2.5-hour tour groups spend approximately 25 – 35 minutes each in the exhibition galleries and re-created Powhatan Indian village, James Fort and 1607 ships, and walking time.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Rate B
Teacher Tour – Farmer to Soldier

In this tour designed specifically for teachers, participants learn about life for a middling farmer and his family living in rural Virginia, and life for a soldier in the Continental Army. While practicing historical analysis skills teachers follow the many decisions, both economic and political, that the farm family faced during the Revolutionary War, and explore realities of life as a soldier in the Continental Army.

Analyze primary sources to determine what motivated people of different classes and backgrounds to join the Continental Army – the spirit of adventure and patriotism, or bounties of land or money. Teachers also discuss Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation to the enslaved people of Virginia, along with other offers of freedom from the British and American armies.

On the 1780s farm, explore the struggles the farm family faced when the men and older sons joined the army. The mercantile system that tied the tobacco farms to Britain was disrupted by the war, so what was next for the farmers? What would they grow, who would buy their crops, and would they be able to keep their land if their debts went too high? In the Continental Army encampment discover the changes the farmer might have experienced after joining the army. Harsh living conditions, lack of food, the horrible toll of disease and the possibility of capture or death were realities for those who joined. Highlights include role play and hands-on activities that can be taken back to the classroom. Teachers receive exclusive access to related resources and lesson plans to use in the classroom.

During this 2 hour tour groups spend approximately 50 minutes in the classroom and other new indoor spaces and 25 minutes each in the 1780s farm and Continental Army encampment, and walking time.

To book a tour or program, contact reservations:

(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 •

Teacher tours are available for teacher groups of 10 or more. Teacher tour reservations required at least three business days in advance and are subject to availability.