ant to inspire and educate your children? Join us in Virginia as we gather Christian families together to remember the providences of God in the establishment of our country. Travel with us to Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg as we learn historical lessons that transcend time. Storm the redoubts on the battlefield where Cornwallis was defeated, secuing victory in the War for Independence. Learn of real heroes like John Smith, Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, Pocahontas, George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette and countless others. This trip will help you understand where it all began, with imperfect men striving to honor God in the establishment and maintenance of a nation built on His principles.
Come with us to Virginia as we travel with like-minded families to some of the richest historical ground our nation has to offer. The cast of characters God employed in this region is as impressive as it is lengthy: John Smith, Rev. Richard Hakluyt, Pocahontas, Rev. Samuel Davies, Washington, Lafayette, Cornwallis, Henry, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and many more.
George Orwell was right when he said “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”. We have lost our moorings as a nation and have been set adrift. Come with us and get anchored and encouraged as we mine the vast providential treasure in the Old Commonwealth. You’ll be glad you did!
Register today as space is limited on this popular trip!
Historian Bill Potter lived in or near Williamsburg, Virginia for twenty-eight years, devoting hundreds of hours to the study of the Old Dominion and searching out the providential hand of God in the lives of the founders. As president of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable for ten years, he met fellow historians, walked the battlefields and pursued a voracious reading life. As a veteran tour guide, Mr. Potter deeply appreciates the importance of visiting the very ground where the families and founders of the colony, the country, and the Confederacy sacrificed and suffered, worked and fought since 1607.
In 1607 the efforts to establish a permanent English colony finally bore fruit with the planting of the Jamestown colony. The mistakes and hardships suffered by the colonists could have ended the story then and there, but God intended otherwise. Today two sites commemorate those first pioneers. The original island colony is an ongoing archeological wonder which includes the remains of the first church, thousands of relics carefully dug and preserved and monuments to John Smith, Pocahontas, the Rev. White and much more.
The “Festival Park” is a modern re-creation of the original fort, a native village, and costumed interpreters. We will board the wooden ships at anchor and tell the stories of the remarkable providences that enabled the original colonists to survive, and all without experiencing the disease, mud, massacres, and despair that attended the first settlers.
The independence of the United States was secured on the battlefield of Yorktown. We will stand in the American trenches and charge the British redoubts, running over the very ground the brave Continental soldiers did as they secured our independence from England! Few battlefields are as well preserved and uncluttered, and few can boast the providential significance of changing world history for the good.
In the unique restoration of the ancient capitol of Virginia, we will walk the streets and enter the shops that tell the tales of colonial America. From the first representative assembly in the New World to the magnificent governors’ palace to the shops of artisans and merchants, we will immerse ourselves in the life of the 18th Century Virginians. Mr. Potter lived but a block away from colonial Williamsburg for many years and will help us understand an age long past and what it should mean to us today.
We will visit Bruton Parish Church where the likes of Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Judge Tyler worshipped, and where they implored God to grant them liberty and independence.
Meet outside the visitors centers of the venues below
62 miles ≈ 75 mins.
|9:00am||Historic Jamestowne – 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081. (National Park)|
1.5 miles ≈ 5 mins.
|12:00pm||Jamestown Settlement – 2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, 23185|
19 miles ≈ 30 mins.
|2:30pm||Yorktown Victory Center – 200 Water Street, Route 1020, Yorktown, 23690|
1 mile ≈ 5 mins.
|4:00pm||Yorktown Battlefield – 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, Virginia 23690.|
70 miles ≈ 80 mins.
Meet outside the Visitors Centers of the venues below.
57 miles ≈ 60 mins.
|10:00am||Williamsburg – 101 Visitor Center Drive Williamsburg, VA 23185|
Included in This Tour
- 7 Day Pass to All Venues!
- All Guide Fees during tour
- Fantastic Fellowship
- Electronic Guiding System Headset
- Study Preparation Section
- Access to Landmark Events’ Special Discounted Hotel Rates in Richmond
If you have any questions, or if we can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
* To ease the burden on large families, we created this special rate for families of Five or more members. Register Adults first, then Youth until you total 4 people. Register all remaining members over 6 years old under Additional Family Members.
- John Smith
- Christopher Newport
- Richard Hakluyt
- Chief Opechancanough
- Samuel Davies
- Thomas Nelson
- George Washington
- Marquis de Lafayette
- Lord Charles Cornwallis
- Patrick Henry
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison
- Dolly Madison
- James Monroe
- The Virginia Company
- House of Burgesses
- Royal Governor
- Declaration of Independence
- Articles of Confederation
- Constitution of the United States
- Bill of Rights
- Raleigh Tavern
- College of William and Mary
- Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
- Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
- Era of Good Feelings
- Whig Party
- First Landing at Jamestown
- 1619 events in Virginia
- Bacon’s Rebellion
- The Parson’s Case
- Second Virginia Convention (1775)
- Siege of Yorktown
- Constitutional Convention
- Ratification Controversy
The historic works connected with the subjects we will teach and discuss is vast and impossible to cover in a few or even short books. Nonetheless, there are some books that will be helpful in both the short and long run for study of the historical artifacts of our tour, both intellectual and material. As usual, there is much on the internet that is very helpful for learning about the actual monuments and memorials we will visit, but their meaning, purpose, and relevance is at the real heart of our tour.
- Jamestown Narratives: Eyewitness Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1607-1617, edited by Edward Wright Haile
- Captain John Smith by Bradford Smith
- A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America by James Horn
- Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776 by Rod Gragg
- Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry by Harlow Giles Unger
- The Jefferson Image in the American Mind by Merrill Peterson
- Victory at Yorktown by Richard Ketchum