WILLIAMSBURG, February 16, 2012 —A special ticket for homeschool families will be available February 18-26 for admission to Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
At $10.50 per family member, the ticket provides unlimited admission to both museums and an opportunity to pre-register at no additional cost for optional student hands-on classroom programs and family guided tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas – Powhatan Indian village, replica 1607 ships and re-created colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Children age three and under receive complimentary admission.
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center homeschool programs coincide with Colonial Williamsburg’s “Homeschooler Experience” on February 11-26.
Family guided tours, led by trained museum educators, allow visitors of all ages to learn about our nation’s history through hands-on experiences in each of the museum’s living-history areas. Two-hour tours are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on February 20, 22 and 23 at Jamestown Settlement, and at the Yorktown Victory Center on February 21, 22 and 24.
Space is available in several classroom programs that last one hour and address Virginia and United States standards of learning for history and social studies. Based on availability, students can enroll in one of the following programs at each museum, according to grade level from first through twelfth grade:
Little Farmers, Yorktown Victory Center: Students learn about life as a child on an 18th-century farm. February 21, 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Little Powhatans, Jamestown Settlement: Students learn about the Powhatan Indian culture through simple and fun hands-on activities. February 23, 10:45 a.m.
Powhatan Indian World, Jamestown Settlement: Students handle and analyze clothing, bone tools and pottery of the Powhatan Indian culture. February 20, 22 and 23, 10:45 a.m. each day.
Colonial Life, Yorktown Victory Center: Students examine tools and materials used on a small Virginia farm to explore life of a typical Tidewater farming family. February 21, 10:45 a.m., 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.; February 22, 2:45 p.m.; and February 24, 10:45 a.m.
Cultures at Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement: Students compare and contrast the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures in contact during the 17th century. February 20, 1:30 p.m.; February 22, 10:45 a.m., and February 23, 10:45 a.m.
Revolutionary Virginia, Yorktown Victory Center: Students analyze primary sources and reproduction artifacts to learn about lives of ordinary 18th-century Virginians. February 21, 1:30 p.m.; February 22, 2:45 p.m.; and February 24, 2:45 p.m.
Voyage to Virginia, Jamestown Settlement: Students learn about the 1607 voyage to Virginia by exploring period navigational tools. February 20, 10:45 a.m.
Life of a Private, Yorktown Victory Center: Students explore a Continental soldier’s haversack, clothing and weapons to relate to the experiences of people during the American Revolution. February 21, 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.; February 22, 2:45 p.m.; and February 24, 2:45 p.m.
Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne and just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. For more information about homeschool admission and program availability, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593, or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/homeschool-program.htm.