Inexpensive and educational outings, in my own backyard. That is just ONE of the reasons that I love living in the Historic Triangle. I spend a lot of time talking about just one of the corners of the triangle. Today, I want to discuss two others: Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. History is an adventure and here, at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, you can experience the story of America’s beginnings.
When one arrives at Jamestown Settlement, they prepare to embark on a journey to 17th-century Virginia: the first permanent English colony. This museum comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. Walk through a recreated Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters depict the daily life of American soldiers. We’ve even walked through a re-created 1780s farm (house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and an herb and vegetable garden).
Each time we visit, we take in one exhibit as there are so many to choose from – several inside galleries and recreated and replicas, outside. For instance, outside, we can board the replicas of three ships – including the Susan Constant and walk through a colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village. Interpreters, in full costumer, bring the museum to life – staying in character, with amazing amounts of 17th century knowledge.
Yorktown Victory Center
See the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution, in 1781. From colonial unrest to the formation of our new nation, this museum chronicles the entire Revolutionary period. The indoor galleries highlight the people that left their impression and experiences – and show how they shaped a new society. You’ll see how many different cultures came together to develop a new government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Presently (Summer 2014), the Yorktown Victory Center is underway towards a new facility with enhanced outdoor interpretive areas – but the entire museum is still open. This project should be complete Fall 2016, and will be renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
History is fun!
History is an adventure at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Immerse yourself in hands-on history at the two museums on the other corners of Williamsburg’s Historic Triangle. If you’re a Virginia resident, save more than 40% with the online purchase of an American Heritage Annual Pass. Proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment identification at check-in is required. Purchase tickets here: www.historyisfun.org Finally, I saved the best part for last: if you are a resident of Williamsburg – you get in FREE – to both places – just show your ID with your current address or bring a utility bill with your photo ID. Enjoy!
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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.