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 corporate team building!

Program complies with VA Social Studies and Science Standards of Learning. 


“We make this trip every year for our fourth graders because of the high quality of this program!”  – 4th Grade Teacher, Salem City Public School.

Program length: 2.5 hours; Rate: B

To book a tour or program, contact reservations:

(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 • group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov

Groups of 15 or more require advance reservations.

Guided tour reservations required at least three business days in advance and are subject to availability. We recommend making tour reservations at least two months in advance for fall and winter trips, and up to four months in advance for trips in the spring.

Reservations are also requested for self-guided groups.

Consult Group Admission Rates,  Field Trip Planning Made Easy and the Teacher Checklist to prepare for your visit.