Adventure History: The American Revolution and Life in Colonial Virginia | The Heights School

Adventure History Travel Camp: Jamestown, Yorktown, & Williamsburg

Discover anew the American Revolutionary War and Colonial History in this unique, hands-on adventure history program!  Exactly how was it possible for the world “to be turned upside down” at Yorktown?  This camp will provide an in-depth exploration of the American Revolution through a global lens, as we will examine the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible.  We will begin our quest by exploring and studying the National American History Museum’s special exhibition, The American Revolution: A World War.  This exhibit will provide valuable historical context (The Seven Years’ War, American Revolution), which will serve us well before we explore the sites where America was founded, furthered, and vindicated!  From the Smithsonian, we will tour and experience the Old Stone House, the oldest colonial structure in D.C., and then delve into the life and leadership of George Washington while touring his historic estate, Mount Vernon.  Our week will culminate in an engaging exploration of the Historic Triangle, as we immerse ourselves in all the best attractions and experiences that Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown have to offer.

  • Monday: Overview, Smithsonian American History Museum, Old Stone House
  • Tuesday: Mount Vernon (tour museum, mansion, farm,  & gristmill)
  • Wednesday: drive from campus to Jamestown, 2.5-hour guided tour in the afternoon, followed by basketball, swimming, and a BBQ at Anvil Campground
  • Thursday: guided tour of Williamsburg 9-noon, self-guided touring in the afternoon
    and a three-course, group dinner at a historic Williamsburg Tavern
  • Friday: 2-hour guided tour of Yorktown Battlefield in the morning, followed by
    self-guided touring after lunch and the drive back to campus

Adventure History with The Heights: Washington, Hamilton, Rochambeau, Lafayette, and Cornwallis await!  There are only 12 spots available, so sign up today!


  • June 17th – 21st

Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Mon. & Tues., 8:00 a.m. Wed. departure from campus to return Friday by 5:00 p.m.

Ages: for rising grades 7-9

Fees: $650 (includes all transportation, entrance, activity fees, breakfasts and dinners on both Thurs. and Fri.)

Staff: Mr. Patrick Miggins, Heights Middle and Upper School teacher, directs, leads all trips, and teaches the program. All other staff member of members of The Heights faculty.

Notes: Lodging: This camp has overnight camping Wednesday and Thursday nights. Campers will bunk in log cabins at Anvil Campground in Williamsburg, VA, and will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Anvil is an award-winning, family-run campground, and it is the closest campground to Williamsburg. Since 1954, Anvil Campground has been family owned and operated for four generations! Campers and staff will use Heights buses.