America's Anniversary Weekend
America’s Anniversary Weekend
May 11-13, 2007
Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne
& Anniversary Park
Three days of cultural events, historical pageantry and ceremonies, musical performances, children’s entertainment and fireworks mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement. Single-day admission tickets to all three commemorative sites are $30 for adults and $15 for youth (6-12), and free for children under 6, and must be purchased in advance.
Jamestown Settlement museum features “The World of 1607” special exhibition, new introductory film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root, and exhibition galleries that explore the Powhatan Indians, English and African cultures that converged in 17th-century Virginia.
Jamestown Settlement will offer an array of special programming May 11-13 in addition to guided tours of new 30,000-square-foot permanent exhibition galleries and interpretive demonstrations at the re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort, and riverfront discovery area. Jamestown Settlement’s Honor Guard, modeled after the retinue of early Virginia governor Lord de la Warr, will present military drills and visitor-participatory artillery demonstrations will take place on the museum mall. Historical dance and 17th-century music will be performed on a mall stage.
In museum classrooms, first-person interpreters will depict King James I, John Rolfe and John Smith, and traditional African stories will be told. Aspects of 17th-century Virginia history will be explored in programs titled “Women of Three Centuries,” “Jamestown and Popham (a short-lived 1607 colony in Maine),” “Cultures at Jamestown,” and “Berkeley (a mid-1600s Virginia governor)” and Bacon (instigator of a rebellion in the 1670s).”
The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, Jamestown Settlement’s replicas of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent colonists to Virginia in 1607, will sail in the James River and dock at the museum pier on Saturday morning, May 12, amidst pageantry and cannon salutes.
Historic Jamestowne, site of the 1607 settlement, offers insight to the Jamestown colony’s 92 years as the capital of Virginia through a multi-media theater presentation and exhibits. The new Archaearium museum showcases artifacts from the discovery of the 1607 James Fort with innovative and interactive displays. Visitors can tour the remains of the 17th-century church tower, see historical monuments honoring Jamestown’s founding, and visit the Glasshouse for a glimpse of one of Jamestown’s first industries.
Nearby Anniversary Park features a special performance by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 11, a contemporary music concert on Saturday, May 12, and a 1,607-member chorale and 400-piece orchestra on Sunday, May 13. Anniversary Park also includes Anniversary Village, including information about Virginia history and destinations, and a special artisans’ village with blacksmithing, pottery-making, glass blowing and other crafts. Six performance stages at all three sites will show ongoing entertainment, including original productions of the children’s show, “Ba-baaah and the Windigo” and the song-and-dance troupe Anniversary Voices.
For more information on “America’s Anniversary Weekend,” visithttp://www.americas400thanniversary.com/ or call (866) 400-1607.