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COLO­NIAL WIL­LIAMS­BURG

101 Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Drive, Wil­liams­burg, Va. 888-965-7254 colo­nial­williams­burg.com The re­stored cap­i­tal of colo­nial Vir­ginia boasts 88 orig­i­nal or re­con­structed 18th-cen­tury build­ings, in­clud­ing a 1660 church, tav­erns, homes and trade shops. You’ll en­counter his­toric interpreters and crafts­peo­ple through­out the 300-plus-acre liv­ing his­tory mu­seum, and there are “Vis­its with a Na­tional Builder” sev­eral days a week, when you can chat with some­one play­ing the Mar­quis de Lafayette or Thomas Jef­fer­son. Sin­gle-day tick­ets $20.49 to $40.99; win­ter sin­gle-day tick­ets $13 to $25.99; mul­ti­day tick­ets $25.49 to $50.99; win­ter mul­ti­day tick­ets $16.50 to $32.99.

“DEAD­WOOD ALIVE”

715 Main St., Dead­wood, S.D. 800-344-8826 dead­woodalive.com Liv­ing his­tory troupe in boots, hats and 19th­cen­tury dress per­forms faux shootouts on Main Street and a re-cre­ated trial (ad­mis­sion: $3 to $6) of gun­slinger “Wild Bill” Hickok.

GE­ORGE WASH­ING­TON’S MOUNT VER­NON

3200 Mount Ver­non Memo­rial Hwy., Mount Ver­non, Va. 703-780-2000 mountver­non.org The 18th-cen­tury fam­ily home of the first pres­i­dent of­fers tours of the fur­nished house, a mu­seum about the first pres­i­dent’s life and times, a work­ing farm, grist mill and dis­tillery. His­tory interpreters in­clude fam­ily mem­bers, slaves and farm hands.

HEARST CAS­TLE

750 Hearst Cas­tle Road, San Simeon, Calif. 800-444-7275 hearst­cas­tle.org News­pa­per ty­coon Wil­liam Ran­dolph Hearst’s art-stuffed and grandiose Span­ish-style, 20th-cen­tury es­tate just off the Cal­i­for­nia coast boasts 165 rooms, 123 acres of gar­dens and op­u­lent pools. Evening and hol­i­day tours of the es­tate of­ten star glam­orously decked out interpreters re-cre­at­ing a 1930s party.

LIV­ING HIS­TORY FARMS

11121 Hick­man Road, Ur­ban­dale, Iowa 515-278-5286 lhf.org

A 500-acre open-air mu­seum sum­mons 300 years of Iowa his­tory via re-cre­ations of a Na­tive Amer­i­can farm, a pioneer homestead and other sites.

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