Escape Plan: Williamsburg, Va.

'Military Through the Ages' at Jamestown Settlement repeats history

March 14, 2011|By Brittany Santarpio, The Baltimore Sun

Last week, TripAdvisor named Williamsburg, Va., as the top place for families to discover. The Virginia's Historic Triangle includes Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Amusement Park and Jamestown Settlement.

Those wanting to get a jump on visiting the area can head into the past this weekend when history repeats itself as hundreds of re-enactors charge the battlefield during Jamestown Settlement's annual "Military Through the Ages." Pseudo soldiers guard enemy lines as they depict wars from the 18th century to today.

In honor of the Civil War's 150th anniversary, 35 participating units from the Mid-Atlantic, including Maryland, will re-create active roles in war. The re-enactment showcases aspects of field communication, medical treatment, military vehicles and equipment to show spectators various tools of war.

The plan: Over the course of two days, visitors will learn what it feels like to be in a soldier's shoes. Guests will see depictions of war from past to present and how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through time. A variety of wars are showcased, including the Hundred Years' War, American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World Wars I and II and ending in present day with activities of the Virginia Army National Guard.

The weekend encourages participation from visitors. On Saturday, children can join a parade and visitors get to see a military pass-in-review on Sunday afternoon. As the weekend comes to a close, awards are presented to the top units based on camp site, clothing, cooking demonstration and field performance during a special ceremony.

The details: The event takes place Saturday and March 20. Jamestown Settlement is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

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