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Jamestown Day

May 13, 2023 at Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Day-Jamestown Settlement Discovery sails in James River

A 10 a.m. artillery salute will signal Jamestown Settlement’s Discovery sailing in the James River. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.

Mark the 416th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will mark the 416th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement on Saturday, May 13, with a variety of outdoor family friendly interpretive programs, military salutes and maritime demonstrations.

At the ships’ pier, visitors can board a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607, and learn how sailors navigated the seas in the 17th century with a special demonstration on celestial navigation.

An artillery salute will signal the departure of the Discovery, the smallest of the three re-created ships, to demonstrate sailing maneuvers in the James River, weather permitting.

Visitors to the re-created Paspahegh Town can discover how Virginia Indians cooked over open fires and made tools of stone and bone, and special demonstrations on Powhatan and English trade. In the re-created 1610-14 fort, visitors can see demonstrations of period cooking, military and matchlock firings, as well as artillery firing. Visitors also can see demonstrations of English and Powhatan comparative weaponry.

Indoor Gallery Exhibits & Outdoor Living History

Indoors, visitors can view 1607: A Nation Takes Root, a docudrama shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, that traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded West Central Africans in 1619. Immersive gallery exhibits feature artifacts, interactives and films. Outdoors, explore re-creations of a Paspahegh town, fort and board a re-creation of one of the three ships that arrived in Virginia in 1607 at the ships’ pier.

Also on May 13, Jamestown Settlement visitors can experience Indigenous Arts Day to celebrate traditional and contemporary art forms by Indigenous artists along with special demonstrations and performances.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Gift shop and café open during museum hours. Parking is free.

Admission tickets can be purchased online or in person. Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Free Admission for Military: In honor of Jamestown Day, members of the military (veteran, active duty, reserve and retired military personnel and up to three direct family members) will receive free admission to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with military identification.

Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Extend Your Visit and Explore Historic Jamestowne
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Historic Jamestowne is the site of the 1607 colony. Preservation Virginia photo.

Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia, features ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne requires separate admission: $25.00 for adults and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $10.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free. Historic Jamestowne visitor information is available at (757) 229-4997 or

four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is available for purchase at Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.