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Historic Trades Fair

June 3 & 4, 2017, at Jamestown Settlement

Historic Trades FairA “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, at Jamestown Settlement will showcase a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, broom-weaving and pottery.

Trade and Craft Demonstrations

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Historic Trades Fair will feature craftspeople demonstrating more than a dozen trades in the outdoor living-history areas. Crafts and wares will be available for purchase.

Among the trades, the Southeast Virginia Primitive Skills Group will show techniques in flint-knapping, native coil pottery, broom-weaving, leather-working and fire-starting.

Historic Trades FairHand woodworking techniques common in the 17th to 19th centuries will be shown by Blood and Sawdust, a group of craftspeople using wedges, axes, drawknives and froes to make rough items such as shingles, clapboards, small boards for joinery, and benches. They also will use bench tools, including handsaws, planes and braces, to create finished parts.

The Bodging Bigfoot, LLC, will demonstrate a springpole lathe and sell turned bowls, rattles, chairs and stools.

Artisan Jay Templin will present demonstrations in chip carving and woodcarving.

Hot Dip Tin will demonstrate original tin-smiting methods to create household items and a period spinning wheel to process fibers typical of 18th-century America.

Historic Trades FairK.P. Knitcraft will demonstrate the use of spinning wheels, a modern upright and classic “Sleeping Beauty” style, as well as a drop spindle and knitting. Windhil Spindle will showcase methods of spinning, weaving and knitting.

Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse will make historically inspired reproduction jewelry, including necklaces, broaches and pins.

Visitors can see the progression in portraiture with demonstrations by Ronald S. Carnegie Wet-Plate Photographer showing the 19th-century technique of making photographic images on glass or aluminum plates. Visitors also can have their own portraits captured for purchase.

Outdoor Living-History Area Trade Activities

Throughout the day in the museum’s outdoor living-history areas, visitors can take part in a variety of trade-related activities. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can see historical interpreters burn and scrape a log canoe, a vessel used to travel along the waterways to trade and transport goods. At the ships’ pier, visitors can learn about the sailor’s trade of sewing and repairing ship sails. In the re-created colonial fort, historical interpreters will demonstrate armor-making on Sunday.


The event is included with Jamestown Settlement admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free.

Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.