Hands-on Student and Family Tours Enhance Learning Experiences
WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 13, 2018 – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission along with family and student tours September 8-23 during its annual “Homeschool Program Days.” The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The homeschool ticket – $12 per family member – provides unlimited admission to both museums September 8-23. Ticketholders also have the opportunity to pre-register at no additional cost for optional student hands-on theme tours or guided family tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas – re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, as well as a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Children age 3 and under receive complimentary admission.
Depending on the age group, homeschool programs allow students to explore Powhatan Indian village activities, join in a fort military drill, or use simple machines to raise sails and cargo on board a ship. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, students may learn about the life of a farmer and soldier, decode spy messages or discover the role of artillery, trenches and redoubts in the 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.
In addition, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors can take in the ongoing special exhibition, “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence,” featuring artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by the American, French and British forces.
Tours at both museums address Virginia and United States standards of learning for history and social studies. Based on space availability, families can enroll in guided family tours and student theme tours at each museum, according to age level.
At Jamestown Settlement, family guided tours and student theme tours are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, September 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All tours are two hours in length. A parent or guardian must accompany children age 7 or younger.
- Guided Family Tour (all ages):Visit re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort on this tour designed to introduce the history and cultures of America’s first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.
- Powhatan’s People (pre-school through age 7): Primary-age students will explore the Powhatan Indian village to learn about daily life and seek out natural resources used to supply food, shelter and clothing. Children can play games like those that Pocahontas may have played, and join in a fun activity to learn new Powhatan Indian words. Tour includes brief visits to re-creations of the 1607 ships and 1610-14 colonial fort.
- Jamestown Adventure (ages 7-12): Intermediate-age students will learn about John Smith and other leaders of the Jamestown venture as they explore the governor’s house, soldiers’ barracks and other buildings in the re-created fort. They can join a special military drill to help defend the fort and explore the reasons for the struggles experienced by settlers. Tour includes brief visits to the ships and Powhatan Indian village.
- Sailors and Settlers (age 12 and older): Secondary-age students will explore a 17th-century replica ship while learning to use deduced reckoning to plot a course, how to tell time aboard ship, and lift and store cargo using 17th-century technology. They will experience living conditions for settlers and sailors during the 144-day voyage from England to Virginia, learn the duties of ships’ boys, and be “tested” on the 32 points of the compass – something all ships’ boys were required to learn.
At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, family guided tours and student theme tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 11, 13, 18 and 20, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All tours are two hours in length. A parent or guardian must accompany children age 7 or younger.
- Guided Family Tour (all ages): This tour presents an overview of life during the American Revolution, with visits to immersive galleries with interactive exhibits and the outdoor living-history areas – a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
- Farmers and Soldiers (pre-school through age 7): Young children explore living conditions, foodways, chores and games for a farmer and a soldier living at the time of the Revolutionary War. Tour includes an exploratory walk through the exhibition galleries with a fun focus on the work people did in the 1700s, and visits to the re-created Revolution-era farm and Continental Army encampment for some hands-on learning.
- Spies and Codes (ages 7-12): This tour takes a light-hearted look at the importance of spies and espionage during the Revolutionary War. Students will learn several codes that were used to keep tabs on the British, and encode messages that would have been important for George Washington to receive during the Siege of Yorktown. The tour includes a visit to the new exhibition galleries and hands-on activities in the re-created Revolution-era farm and Continental Army encampment.
- Yorktown Besieged! (age 12 and older): Students will learn how the Americans won the Siege of Yorktown and the role of artillery, trenches and redoubts in the victory. Participants will use math and measuring skills to lay out a redoubt with stakes and string, and build and fill a gabion – a basket-like structure that protected the men as they worked in the trenches. A tour of the gallery includes a viewing of the experiential film, “The Siege of Yorktown,” and activities in the re-created Continental Army encampment.
To purchase a homeschool ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2hRXePJ. The deadline to register for guided tours is 5 p.m. three business days prior to the tour. For more information about the Foundation’s homeschool programs or to register, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593.
The museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. For information about the museums, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit jyfmuseums.org.