Dig Deeper: Jamestown Crime "Seen"

At the recreated James Fort, students work in teams to examine primary source documents, artifacts and other evidence to solve a 400-year-old mystery:  Was the gunpowder injury that sent John Smith back to England in 1609 an accident, a crime, or an attempt to sabotage the colony?  Students analyze the evidence, see a re-creation of the “accident”, apply logic, and draw conclusions.  They present and defend their theories to their classmates. Will they solve the mystery?

Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning. 


“We loved the interesting information that really brought Jamestown and John Smith to life.”   – 4th & 5th Grade Teacher, Providence Academy, Virginia.

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.