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Fashion in Colonial Virginia

June 1-30 at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
A Stitch in Time

See 1600s-inspired clothing during “A Stitch in Time” June 27-28 at Jamestown Settlement, where a weekend fashion show brings historical images to life.

Clothing, from single thread to whole garment, is the focus of interpretive programs June 1-30 at Jamestown Settlement and The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown during “Fashion in Colonial Virginia.”

The month’s activities culminate in “A Stitch in Time” period fashion show June 27 and 28 at Jamestown Settlement.

Explore how clothing of the period was fashioned from leather, linen, silk and cotton, learn how dyes were made from plants and natural fibers processed into cloth, and observe and take part in the stitching of simple apparel and accessories.

Visitors can examine types of clothing worn by 17th-century English sailors and colonists, Powhatan Indians, 18th-century Virginia farmers and Continental Army soldiers — doublets, slops, cassocks, bodices, petticoats and coifs, leather aprons, armor helmets and breastplates, waistcoats, breeches, shirts, regimental coats, and tricorn hats.

“Defending the Crown” Exhibit

Military uniforms depicting soldiers from 1607 Virginia militia to Afghanistan are on display at Jamestown Settlement throughout the month.

A Stitch in Time, June 27 and 28

Take a special look at 1600s clothing styles as historical images are brought to life at Jamestown Settlement through weekend fashion shows depicting the English, Powhatan Indian and west central African cultures. Fashion shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jamestown Settlement

Fashion in Colonial Virginia Powhatan Indian villageIn Jamestown Settlement’s Powhatan Indian village, historical interpreters will explain how Powhatan Indians fashioned their clothing with shells and bones and adorned their bodies with paint. At the ships’ pier, visitors can learn the types of clothing that sailors would have packed for an extended voyage, such as the 144-day journey across the Atlantic to Jamestown in 1607. In the re-created colonial fort, visitors can learn about garments worn by upper-, middle- and lower-class colonists and how their dress reflected a person’s social status and occupation.

Daily Demonstrations: 12 noon in fort, 1 p.m. on ships’ pier, and 2:30 p.m. in Powhatan Indian village.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Continental Army encampmentInterpreters in the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s re-created Continental Army encampment will tell of George Washington’s efforts to develop a standard uniform for his troops. Visitors also can learn how to make an epaulette, an accessory a soldier wore on their military uniforms to indicate rank. At the re-created farm, historical interpreters will show visitors how families took great pride during the Revolution in recycling and repairing worn clothing to avoid wearing English goods by re-dying, repair or reuse.

Daily Demonstrations: 10:30 a.m. on farm, 12:30 p.m. along museum timeline corridor, and 3:30 p.m. in Continental Army encampment.


Visiting Jamestown Settlement & The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for children ages 6-12 and, to the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6-12, and includes “Fashion in Colonial Virginia” programs.

A combination ticket to both museums is $21.00 for adults and $10.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.