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Choose Your Own Adventure

Pick an exciting focus for your school or adult group – Powhatan Indians, English Settlers, or When Cultures Collide! You can also customize the length of your tour, at one or two hours. Not available in November or April. Limited to two classes at a time. For all ages Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This program gave my students a wonderful ha

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Cultures at Jamestown

How did their interactions shape American history and life in the United States today? Through exploration of the re-created Powhatan Village, ships, and fort, students use artifact analysis and collaboration to compare the technology, ideas, and knowledge of the 3 cultures to discover the impact, both positive and negative, these societies had on each other. For grades 4 and up. Great for adult g

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Little Powhatans

Students compare their lives to those of Powhatan Indian children 400 years ago. Practice hunting skills, gather walnuts, work in the garden and explore the re-created Powhatan Indian Village for clues about shelter, clothing, and cooking. Take a trip through the gallery to find Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas. For kindergarten and 1st grade. Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of L

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Dig Deeper: Home on the James

At the Riverfront discovery area, students compare cultures by testing Powhatan, English and African building techniques.  They’ll make cordage from plant fibers and lash the framework of a Powhatan Indian yehakin, and construct a wattle wall and daub it using English methods.  Teams work cooperatively to problem-solve and complete each task of construction. For grades 4 and up. Perfect for corpor

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Gallery Sampler Tour

Get the whole Jamestown story on a tour of our 30,000 square foot gallery, chock full of rare artifacts and documents that highlight the story of three cultures in early Virginia – the Powhatan Indians, English and West Central Africans. Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “My seniors got so much more out of this wonderful museum because of y

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Powhatan Indian World

In the re-created Powhatan Indian Village, students work in collaborative groups to solve problems such as finding fibers in yucca plants, building smoking racks, sewing pouches and other daily activities as they explore the culture of the Powhatan people. Visits to the re-created ships and fort provide more context to the students to discuss the impacts the English arrival had on the Powhatan I

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What choices faced an average Virginia farm family due to the war?

Farm families worked hard to keep themselves alive and healthy and to try to improve their lives from year to year. Many white families in Virginia actually did improve their lives by a modest amount during the years before the American Revolution. Although very few Virginia families became a great deal wealthier, these modest gains made many farmers content with their lifestyle. As the thirteen c

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What was the relationship between tobacco and labor in early Virginia?

[caption id="attachment_24259" align="alignleft" width="601"] Working Tobacco, Sidney King[/caption] Growing tobacco in Virginia was profitable for planters, but it required a large amount of land and a considerable labor force. The tobacco growing process was a year-round occupation. First, land was cleared for fields. Seeds were started in January. Harvesting, curing and packing of the leaves

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Why did the English and Powhatan go to war in 1622?

[caption id="attachment_24228" align="aligncenter" width="810"] 1622 Indian uprising, Theodor de Bry, 1634[/caption] By 1622, Powhatan and Pocahontas were dead, and the English had spread deep into Powhatan territory. The English forced the Indians to move inland away from their traditional river valley homes. Native leaders under Opechancanough, Powhatan’s half-brother and successor, had priva

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What was the economy like at Jamestown?

[caption id="attachment_24260" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Coat of Arms, Virginia Company of London[/caption] From the beginning when the Virginia Company of London was formed, the overseas venture was an economic one. Captain Newport led the efforts of the settlers to discover gold ore even when their efforts might have been better used toward acquiring food. They were not quick to learn

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