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Quick Getaways -- Jamestown-Yorktown Freebie
Posted on July 1, 2021 7:00 AM by Jim Ducibella
Categories: Life in New Town
Gas prices being what they are, this might be a good time to look for activities even a little closer to home than the usual fare offered here. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has the perfect answer for those living in a wide variety of zip codes, including 23188.
 
Free admission.
 
That’s right, the Foundation recently announced that to show appreciation to the local community, free admission is available to residents of James City County, York County, City of Williamsburg, William & Mary students and active military.
 
That’s not an inconsequential savings. General admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is a combined $28.90 for adults, $14.45 for ages 6-12.
 
All each guest needs to do is show proof of residency, whether that be a valid Virginia driver’s license or digital copies of a utility bill. William & Mary students need to show a current student ID card.
 
The offer includes general admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, including daytime special events and special exhibitions. Attendees can enjoy museum gallery exhibits and films, shopping in the museum gift shops and dining in the café.
 
According to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation website among the exhibits available between now and March of 2022 is titled “Focused: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience.” 
 
It’s principally a photographic exhibition in collaboration with Virginia Indian tribal communities that is drawn from collections held by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, as well as images from anthropologist Frank Speck (1910-1930s). Also featured is the work of Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine from the 1940s and 1950s.
 
As the title suggests, the exhibit focuses on the resilience of Virginia’s Indian population, from the passage of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 to the contemporary efforts of 11 Virginia tribes to receive state and federal recognition.
 
At Yorktown, the Yorktown Battlefield Museum, two unique exhibits are temporarily closed due to Covid. The Moore House (site of negotiations between two British officers and two allied officers immediately before Gen. Cornwallis’ surrender) and the Nelson House (home of Thomas Nelson, Jr., commander of the Virginia militia at the siege of Yorktown and a signer of the Declaration of Independence) remain closed. However, that is subject to change as restrictions are relaxed.
 
It would be best to phone the Colonial National Historic Park – Yorktown to hear a recorded message with updates on Yorktown and Jamestown. The phone number is (757) 898-2410.
 
For more information visit these websites https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions or jyfmuseums.org, or historyisfun.org.

 
  
Yorktown cannons shot: Photo by Kate Illinois1, posted on Trip Advisor
Jamestown: Dreamstime free stock photos
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