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Jamestown Day Schedule of Events

May 11
Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne


All Day: Explore Museum Galleries. An introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits tell the Jamestown story in the context of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that converged in the 1600s.

All Day: Living-History Interpretive Demonstrations.  Visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort where costumed historical interpreters present hands-on programs and demonstrations, including canoe-making, navigation and matchlock musket-firing.


 Jamestown Settlement hobby-horse jousting

All Day: Period Games.  Join in fun and games of the 17th century, including hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, whirligigs, stool ball, bowling, ninepins, and quoits.

9:45 a.m., 12:45 & 4:15 p.m.: “Godspeed to Jamestown.”  A documentary from A+E Networks’ History® chronicles the construction of Jamestown Settlement’s replica Godspeed from 2004 to 2006.10 a.m.: Discovery Sets Sail.  A cannon salute signals the departure of Discovery, one of Jamestown Settlement’s replica ships, from the ships’ pier to demonstrate sailing maneuvers in the James River through mid-afternoon. (Weather permitting.)

10:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Artillery.  Drill with a 17th-century falcon crew, then step back and cover your ears as the historical interpreters fire the weapon. (Weather permitting.)


 Jamestown Settlement 17th-century fair

11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by Barry and Lynn Trott.  Enjoy popular 17th-century music on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba.

11:45 and 2 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by David Gardner.  Enjoy 17th-century sounds on the fiddle.

12:30 and 3:15 p.m.: 17th-Century Fair.  Music, juggling and magic culminate in a 1600s-style puppet show.

All Day: “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” Special Exhibition examines the lives of Revolutionary War-era descendants of people associated with 17th-century Jamestown, the first capital of colonial Virginia, and features more than 60 objects to be exhibited at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, to replace the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016.


All Day: Explore America’s Birthplace. Discover the story of Jamestown by touring the Visitor Center exhibition gallery and the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum, Memorial Church and archaeological site of the 1607 James Fort, and the waysides of New Towne.


Historic Jamestowne Glasshouse

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Free Enterprise and Early Industries.  Experience the work of craftsmen at the Glasshouse as they demonstrate glassmaking as practiced during the earliest years of Jamestown.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: “The Buried Truth.” Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations and the latest discoveries.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Protecting the Fort. Meet Captain Edward Brewster at the fort site and learn about his arrival in 1610 and his accounts of the experiences faced by the settlers during the Starving Time.


 Historic Jamestowne Archaearium

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: New Discoveries at the Archaearium.  Join the archaeology curatorial staff to learn about the latest discoveries and research related to Jane’s Story. View the New Finds exhibit which includes newly discovered armor and an ivory sundial. In addition, meet Anne Burras who will recount her experiences as one of the first women to arrive at Jamestown and life during the Starving Time.

10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.: Ranger Walking Tour.  Take a guided Park Ranger tour to gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown. Tours continue on Sunday, May 12, at 12:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Archery Demonstrations. See American Indian and English archery demonstrations and learn about the different technologies used in Indian bows and English war bows.

11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.: St. Maries Citty Militia.  Watch this 17th-century re-enactment group as they demonstrate the weapons and battlefield tactics used in protecting themselves in case of attack. Demonstrations continue on Sunday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.: Archaeologist Walking Tour.  Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site where you will learn about new discoveries related to Jane’s Story and the Starving Time.