Pastimes of Colonial Virginia

A family learns how to play a whirligig in the Yorktown Victory Center's re-created 1780s farm. During August, the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums are presenting ¿Pastimes of Colonial Virginia,¿ with programs focusing on games and amusements of the 17th and 18th centuries. At the Yorktown Victory Center, visitors to the re-created farm can spin whirligigs on a string, try to scoop a ball into a cup, roll a hoop with a stick, jump rope and play trap ball. At Jamestown Settlement, on board one of three replica ships, historical interpreters will discuss how America¿s first permanent English colonists played games of draughts (checkers), backgammon, cards and wooden dice to amuse themselves on the 1607 voyage to Virginia. And much, much more. 888-593-4682 toll-free, 757-253-4838 or www.historyisfun.org/pastimes.htm.
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