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‘Blast From the Past: Artillery In The War of Independence’ Special Exhibition Extended to March 3 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

 YORKTOWN, Va., January 4, 2019 — The “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown has been extended through March 3, 2019. Visitors can experience artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by American, French and British forces through interactive experiences and artifact displays.

“Blast from the Past,” which opened June 10, 2018, features a range of American, French and British artillery pieces and examines the technology and innovation that delivered the Siege of Yorktown, the last great victory of the Revolution.

“This special exhibition has been such a hit with our visitors that we wanted to give everyone a chance to see it before we have to return these very special objects back to their owners throughout the United States,” said Peter Armstrong, senior director of Museum Operations and Education for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Among the artillery pieces on loan for the special exhibition are:

  • British Light 3-pounder bronze field cannon, cast by Jan and Pieter Verbruggen, circa 1776, on loan from the U.S. Army Center of Military History
  • “La Perileuse” French 4-pounder bronze field cannon, cast by Jean Bérenger at Strasbourg, circa 1758, on loan from the National Park Service Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  • British 12-pounder bronze “Lafayette” cannon, cast by William Bowen, circa 1759, on loan from the National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown Collection
  • American 6-pounder iron cannon, cast by Samuel and Daniel Hughes, circa 1775-1783, on loan from the Mayor and Council of Boonsboro, Maryland
  • “La Bellone” French 4-pounder bronze battalion cannon, cast by D.E. Dupont at Rochefort, circa 1773, on loan from the National Park Service, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historical Site.

Visitors can take in the size and scope of artillery in the special exhibition through a variety of hands-on experiences:

  • Discover types of artillery – cannons, mortars and howitzers – and types of ammunition – from shot and shell to canister and grape.
  • Figure out the right artillery tool for the job – types of shot and essential implements of rammer, sponge and linstock – in a hands-on display.
  • How does one move a gun? Lift a door to determine the strength by men and horses to advance a light or heavy gun.
  • Examine an artilleryman’s pocket guide. See interactive 18th-century artillery field manuals that served as reference to determine tasks such as how to draw a 6-pounder up a steep cliff or bluff.

In addition, visitors can see a reproduction of a 24-pounder French siege gun in the permanent exhibition galleries that leads to the “Siege of Yorktown” experiential film, offering visitors a chance to experience the decisive 1781 Revolutionary War battle with wind, smoke and the thunder of cannon fire. The film is shown throughout the day.


The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today. The museum, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas and New Year’s days, is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Parking is free.

The special exhibition is included with museum admission: $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12.

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/artillery/.