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Military Through the Ages

March 18-19, 2023
Jamestown Settlement

Military Through The Ages at Jamestown Settlement

In just one weekend, visitors will experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” event on Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, 2023.

“Military Through the Ages” features hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from 500 B.C. all the way to modern-day soldiers with the Virginia Army National Guard. This unique chronological display of military history engages visitors in exploring military encampments and interacting with re-enactors to learn how uniforms, weapons and tactics evolved through the centuries.


Timeline from the 6th Century to the Virginia Army National Guard
Virginia Army National Guard_Military Through The Ages_Photo by Bob Ruegsegger

Virginia Army National Guard fires a 105mm howitzer. Photo by Bob Ruegsegger.

Hundreds of re-enactors will portray soldiers and military encounters from the medieval period through the 20th century. The Virginia Army National Guard 111th Field Artillery will represent the present day with an artillery firing.

Military Aspects at Jamestown Settlement

Arms, armor and military accouterments of 17th-century Virginia can be seen year-round inside Jamestown Settlement’s extensive galleries, featuring films and interactive exhibits that tell the story of America’s first permanent English colony and of the Powhatan Indian, English and West Central African cultures in 1600s Virginia.

Visitors can immerse themselves in life of early Virginia in outdoor re-creations of a 1610-14 English fort, a Paspahegh town, and three re-created ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607.


A Look Back at a Military Through the Ages Pass-in-Review, 2015