Day One: Jamestown
Meet a Person of the Past: Marye Bucke
Meet Marye Bucke, one of the first women to come to Jamestown, and hear her amazing story of survival. Discuss with Marye why she came to the “new world” and what conditions were like for men and women in the new colony.
Day Two: The Colony of Virginia, British Subjects
Meet a Person of the Past: Divided Loyalties
Meet a Person of the Past: Nanny Jones
Day Three: The British Mercantile System
Meet a Person of the Past: Business Person
Explore the global mercantile economy with the help of a colonial Virginian well-acquainted with its intricacies. Discover how connections in the community and across the globe impacted the supply and demand of goods and services. How was business transacted in the eighteenth century? How did the events of the Revolution influence these practices?
Day Four: Life in Virginia's Colonial Capital City
Meet a Person of the Past: Ann Wager
An individual’s place, both social and physical, informed their education in Colonial Virginia. Spend some time with the teacher of Williamsburg’s Bray School to explore the possibilities for education outside of the private education afforded to the gentry. This discussion will highlight the reality that most Virginians were not gentry, focusing on the types of education available to the majority of people in the colony.
Day Five: Unrest in the Colonies
Meet a Person of the Past: A Revolutionary Capitol Building Founder
The seeds of the American Revolution can be found in British colonial government. From 1699 to 1776 the seat of British power in the colony of Virginia was the Capitol building in Williamsburg. Examine how the colonial government functioned and what rights and privileges the people had as subjects of a king. Meet one of our nation’s founders and discuss the issues that led to war, the prospects for winning, and hopes for the nation after the conflict is over.