RevQuest at Colonial Williamsburg. What is it?
by Casey | Posted on July 25th, 2013
I’ve heard of RevQuest: Save the Revolution! at Colonial Williamsburg and noticed that it’s presented each year with a different tagline. However, I have never taken the time to learn what it’s all about. What do you say we learn together?
RevQuest is an online/onsite alternate reality that’s built for families to become immersed in the history of the Revolution. By participating in RevQuest, we can have a new appreciation for our history. Had different choices been made in the 18th century, the direction our nation took could be vastly removed from what we know today.
Each RevQuest player (Quester) is challenged to save the revolution by deciphering codes found throughout the Historic Area … via text message. (THIS is why kids [and their parents] love RevQuest. It’s a 21st century treasure hunt!) Questers must also avert crises along the way that could change the course of history.
RevQuest is now in its second year and third iteration. Prior episodes were Sign of the Rhinoceros and The Lion and the Unicorn. Knowing that the game changes every year (or twice a year) is all the invitation you need to try to save the Revolution again and again.
The current RevQuest challenge is The Black Chambers. The setting is 1781, nearly five years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Join the spy ring – the “Crossbones Club” – to solve the enemy’s secret messages and help save the Revolution.
What You Need to Know:
- RevQuest: The Black Chambers is included with your paid admission to Colonial Williamsburg. Buy Tickets
- RevQuest: The Black Chambers continues through September 1, 2013, so don’t miss out!
- After purchasing tickets online or in person, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to pick up your orders.
- The first mission begins at 9:30 a.m. and the last at 2:30 p.m. Solving the mystery should take around two hours if you play it straight through.
- Get a head start online to obtain the location of secret instructions for a side mission when you visit.
Need help with making your travel plans? Check out this Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free Offer from Colonial Williamsburg. The deal is valid through August 29 and requires a minimum three nights’ stay. Rates are from $78 per adult per night at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites. You’re welcome!
Reviews about RevQuest:
- At Williamsburg, History does not repeat itself by Andrea Sachs for Washington Post, April 25, 2013
- RevQuest: Save the Revolution!: A Real World Meets Virtual World Vacation that Teaches History by Christina Tynan-Wood for Family Circle, April 24, 2013
Now that I’ve explored RevQuest online and am inching ever closer to finding the location for my side mission, I’m ready to pay a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Not only has this sparked my interest, but it will surely entice my children.