2016 Special Programs

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Through February 28: “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia” exhibit, Jamestown Settlement – Documentation of native Virginia plants by naturalist Mark Catesby and botanist John Clayton in the 18th century and the Flora of Virginia Project in the 21st century is explored in this three-month exhibit. Seventeen period engravings created from Catesby’s watercolor drawings of American flora and fauna, on loan from the Garden Club of Virginia, are shown alongside a 1762 edition of Flora Virginica. The exhibit, which opened on December 5, 2015, also includes replicas of tools for collecting plants, and biographies of Catesby and Clayton.

February 13: African-American Imprint, Jamestown Settlement – As part of Black History Month, musical performances, storytelling and crafts highlight African heritage in America. Permanent gallery exhibits explore the culture of the first recorded Africans in Virginia, who arrived in 1619.

March 19-20: Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement – Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. The event features artillery firings, a Saturday children’s parade and a Sunday military pass-in-review.

May 14: Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne – Mark the 409th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony. Discover Jamestown’s legacy through interpretive programs on Powhatan Indian and English interactions, archaeology, military and maritime displays, and traditional music and entertainment. Separate site admission.

June 4 to December 10:  “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – The importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America is explored in this six-month special exhibition. The Anglo-Indian trade influenced the expansion of European settlement westward and southward from Jamestown across the interior of the continent and created an economic foothold for industry and transportation that still exists today.

June 4-5: Historic Trades Fair, Jamestown Settlement – Discover craftsmanship through the ages, as blacksmiths, potters, turners, carvers, spinners and more gather at Jamestown Settlement to showcase historical trades and sell crafts and wares.

July 3-4: Liberty Celebration, The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Salute the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the historic document.

September 6, 13, 20 and 27: Revolutionary War Lecture Series, The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff preview the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown exhibition galleries opening in mid-October during four Tuesday lectures beginning at 7 p.m.  September 6: “Defending the Commonwealth: Lafayette and the Summer of 1781,” by Historian Ed Ayres.  September 13: “Journey Through the American Revolution in 10 Objects,” by Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education Peter Armstrong.  September 20: “James Lafayette: Invisible Spy,” by Curator Kate Gruber. September 27: “Digging Yorktown’s Past: An Archaeological View of 18th-Century Yorktown,” by Historian Ed Ayres.

September 15, 22 and 29: “Bartering for a Continent” Lecture Series, Jamestown Settlement – Lectures at 4 p.m. on three Thursdays explore topics related to the “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition on display through December 10. September 15: “Before & After – The Effect on Indian Trade of the Arrival of the English,” by Terry Bond, Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter.  September 22: “Scarlet Cloth and Tinsel Lace: The Political and Cultural Significance of Chiefs’ Coats,” by Mark Hutter, a journeyman tailor and supervisor in the Colonial Williamsburg Department of Historic Trades and Skills.  September 29: “What Do I Get for a Buck? – The Social and Economic Value of Trade in the 17th Century,” by Carol Wiers and Vincent Petty, Jamestown Settlement historical interpreters.

October 1-2: American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement Join in a two-day celebration of song and dance and storytelling, featuring American Indian tribes.

October 15-16: Yorktown Victory Celebration & New Museum Preview, The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – The 235th anniversary of America’s momentous 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown is celebrated with hands-on military experiences, artillery firings, and a preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the debut of the new introductory film and exhibition galleries and new name. Commemorative events take place on October 19 at Yorktown Battlefield and in historic Yorktown.

October 21-22: Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement, 6:30-9 p.m. – A Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children and families features trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, grizzly games, and spooky straw maze. Separate admission fee.

November 24-26: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Culinary practices of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

December 1-31: A Colonial Christmas, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and daily appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule. (Museums closed December 25.)

Admission: In 2016, a value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $21.25 for adults and $10.75 for ages 6-12.  Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Admission to the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibits included in admission during museum operating hours.

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15); closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Location: Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, an America’s Byways “All-American Road.”

General Information: Call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net.

Jamestown Settlement and the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.