One of the most history-rich places in the United States is the Williamsburg-Jamestown-Yorktown area in southeastern Virginia. This famous corridor traces its roots back to 1607, when Jamestown became the first permanent English settlement in America.
There are myriad ways for school groups to unpack more than four centuries of history as they explore the cities. They can tour a working archeological site in Jamestown, walk along the streets of historical Williamsburg, and take part in waterfront experiences in Yorktown.
Two top attractions are Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The 17th century was an interesting time at Jamestown Settlement, as Powhatan Indian, English, and African cultures blended together. That story is told through artifacts, films, and interactive interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan village, a circa-1607 English ship, and a fort.
Additional stories of citizens and soldiers are told at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. At a period Continental Army camp, students can join an artillery crew, where they learn about the weaponry of the time.
They can also take part in daily tasks and help with chores at the Revolution-era farm.
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Top photo: Student program at Jamestown Settlement
Photo by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation