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Godspeed Heading to Urbanna for Education Programs, Oyster Festival

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 27, 2014 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed is setting sail November 2 for Urbanna, where the ship will host education programs on November 6 and participate in the Urbanna Oyster Festival November 7 and 8.

Jamestown Settlement GodspeedThe Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, is a featured exhibit at the Urbanna Oyster Festival, where it will be open for free public tours at the Urbanna Town Marina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8. The ship will host students from Middlesex County public schools and area private schools on Education Day, November 6, focusing on the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay region.

While the Godspeed is away from Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 vessels.

The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of museum staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations.

Located at 2110 Jamestown Road next to Historic Jamestowne, the original 1607 settlement site, Jamestown Settlement features a re-created Powhatan Indian village and 1610-14 fort in addition to the ships, and extensive indoor exhibits that chronicle 1600s Virginia and the cultures that converged there. “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe,” a special exhibition that continues through September 8, 2015, traces the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats.

Jamestown Settlement is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net.