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Getaway Idea: Presidents Day Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia

By February 3, 2013

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Presidents Day Weekend is a great time to visit Colonial Williamsburg and learn about the contributions of the people who helped shape our country on the eve of the American Revolution. Williamsburg is just a few hours south of Washington, DC and makes a great weekend getaway. The restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia is a town-sized living history museum with theatrical programs and interpretive characters telling the inspirational stories of our nation's founding men and women. Hear the stories and meet with America's forefathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

2013 Presidents Day Weekend Programs:
  • Saturday

    8:30-10am - Breakfast with the Presidents. Reservations required, adults $32.95 and children $16.95 including tax and gratuity. Start your day with a sumptuous buffet and a chance to ask George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison about their time in office. Ask them their thoughts on the presidential perks, the challenges of running and maintaining office, and their favorite part of the job. Then, follow the Fifes & Drums to the Capitol for a special interactive program.

    11 a.m. The Great Men in Williamsburg - Washington, Jefferson and Madison talk about their particular roles in key actions, from Washington's tenure as a Burgess, to Jefferson's efforts to rewrite Virginia law once he became governor.

    11:45am-12:45pm - From a Virginia Governor - Former Governor Patrick Henry discusses the friendships and political relations he had with Washington and Jefferson.

    1:30pm - "Eleazer Williams, American Indians and Federal Indian Policy of the Early American Republic" - The program offers a perspective on early national politics and Indian removal while examining obstacles Native people faced when they tried to cooperate with the United States Government.

    4pm - "Wolf by the Ear, A Play about Thomas Jefferson and Slavery." - Thomas Jefferson, at home in Monticello, awaits the results of a pivotal debate in Congress in 1820. The former president, haunted by the continuation of slavery in the years since the Revolution, is visited by spirits from the past recalling crucial moments and events when choices regarding slavery had been debated, leading to the debate over Missouri's admission as a free state.

  • Sunday

    10:30am - "The Duties of the President's Wife: A Conversation with Martha Washington" - Explores the role of the first First Lady as she decides what part she should play as her husband is called to serve his country once again in 1789 as President.

    12:15 pm - "A Public Audience with the Third President, Thomas Jefferson" - President Jefferson's shares his thoughts as he looks back over his long career in public service. He reflects on the American Revolution, drafting the Declaration of Independence, his tenure as governor of Virginia during the war, serving as ambassador to France and as the first Secretary of State.

    1:45 and 3pm - "A Public Audience with the First President, George Washington" recounts his long career in public service. President Washington reminisces about his years in the House of Burgesses and how it prepared him for later roles.

    4 p.m. - "Salute to the Presidents." The Founding Fathers, the Fifes and Drums, and the military programs staff celebrate the institution of the Presidency and the citizens who have served in that office over the centuries.

    7:30 pm - "An Evening with the Presidents." Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Madison present a lively and thoughtful discussion about how they as Presidents interacted and negotiated with the Congresses of their times.
Read more about visiting Williamsburg, Virginia.

Photo The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

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