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MAY 2017

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2 1 HISTORIC TRIANGLE Connected by the scenic Colonial Parkway, the Historic Triangle comprises three of Virginia's most historically significant towns: Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Beginning at the reconstructed Jamestown Settlement, visitors can take a brief voyage aboard the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discover, or explore the Powhatan Indian Village, where historic interpreters bring Native American culture to life. The origi- nal site of the settlement, Historic Jamestowne, is located nearby. Colonial Williamsburg contains one of the country's largest living-history museums, with 300 acres of taverns, trade shops and Colonial homes that preserve the everyday lifestyle of Americans in the 1770s. Groups can tour the Governor's Palace, explore an art museum and grab a bite to eat in Merchant's Square. The historic loop ends in Yorktown, where Washington and his troops famously coerced British forces to surrender following the Siege of Yorktown, effectively bringing the American Revolution to a close. Travelers can learn about this momentous event at the brand-new American Revolution Museum. W W W.VIRG IN IA .O RG / G E TAWAY H IS TO RI CTRIA N G LE JEFFERSON'S MONTICELLO Nestled atop a hill in Charlottesville, the elegant manor and grounds of Monticello yield a rare glimpse into the world of the man who penned the Declaration of Independence, shaping a nation's future with the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Jefferson spent nearly half his lifetime constructing the home in what he termed his "essay in architecture," which now serves as a blueprint to both his character and his historical contribu- tions. Visitors can take a 40-minute tour of the main house. A day pass provides additional access to the garden tours, the Slavery at Monticello tour, the museum galleries and a film on Jefferson's life. In the restored garden and orchard, groups can learn about Jefferson's fascination with botany and agriculture, and even sample selections of fruits and vegetables during the harvest tasting tour, which is available between May and October. Groups can also delve into local scenery along the Saunders-Monticello Trail, a beautiful four-mile loop through Kemper Park. W W W.M O N TI C E LLO.O RG Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Courtesy Monticello 2 1

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