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‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 410th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 27, 2017— On Saturday, May 13, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 410th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.

“Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family-friendly interpretive programs on Powhatan and English trade and weaponry, and military and maritime demonstrations will take place at both sites.

“Jamestown Day” is sponsored by Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, in partnership with Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia.

While there is separate admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, a four-site value ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, as well as Yorktown Battlefield and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is available on “Jamestown Day” and throughout the year.

Jamestown Settlement
An artillery salute on Saturday, May 13, will mark the mid-morning departure of the Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607, to set sail in the James River. Special programs will include “A Sea Grammar,” offering opportunities to learn skills of a 17th-century mariner, and demonstrations of celestial navigation.

Saturday’s events also feature military drills and interpretive demonstrations on Powhatan Indian and English trade, weaponry and fire-starting. Visitors also can engage in a variety of 17th-century diversions, such as bowling, hoop rolling and quoits. Visitors can also explore expansive gallery exhibits, including new interactive displays, compare and contrast the Powhatan Indian, English and Angolan cultures that came in contact in 1600s Virginia.

Historic Jamestowne
“Jamestown Day” at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, May 13, will feature tours, demonstrations and ongoing archaeological excavations of the 1607 James Fort, allowing guests to share in the moments of discovery while interacting with archaeologists on site. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center exhibition gallery and the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum, Memorial Church and the waysides of New Towne.

Guests can meet English colonist Anas Todkill and interact with an American Indian interpreter. A variety of ranger tours and programs highlighting the history of first settlement will be available throughout the day, including costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse showing one of America’s first industries.

Separate Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
There is separate admission to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking is available at both sites. Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. 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.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.

A four-site value ticket, available at Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is $37.00 for adults, $25.00 for ages 13-15 and $14.00 for ages 6-12 and offers seven consecutive days of admission to all four sites.

For more information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org or www.nps.gov/colo. For more information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit jyfmuseums.org.


9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 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.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free Enterprise and Early Industries. Experience the work of craftsmen at the Glasshouse and James Fort site as they demonstrate glassmaking and blacksmithing as practiced during Jamestown’s early years.

10 a.m. to 12 noon: Children’s Dig Box. This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts and stratigraphy.

9:30 a.m. and 12 Noon: Ranger Walking Tour. Take a guided Park Ranger tour to gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown.

10 a.m. to 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. to 4 p.m.: Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake. Meet Dan Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and learn about the material culture and lifeways of Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Forged in History. Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort forge.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Poles, Posts and Rails…” Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. Meet Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar inside the west wall of the reconstructed palisade and learn how archaeology revealed the process they used to build the fort in two weeks… which was the very same technology used to rebuild it!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: A New Life in the New World. Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium. Join archaeological curators to learn how artifacts make it from the field to exhibit and learn about the tools used to conserve them at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Assist the curators in sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.

11:00 a.m. and 1:00 & 3 p.m.: Archaeologist Walking Tour. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries.


9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Explore Museum Galleries. An introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits, featuring more than 500 artifacts and new interactive displays, tell the Jamestown story in the context of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that converged in the 1600s.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 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 cooking, navigation and matchlock musket-firing.

10 a.m.: Godspeed Sets Sail. An artillery salute from the ships’ pier signals the departure of Godspeed, one of Jamestown Settlement’s replica ships, from the ships’ pier to demonstrate sailing maneuvers in the James River through mid-afternoon. (Weather permitting.)

10:30 a.m.-12 noon and 1-3 p.m.: Period Games. In the riverfront discovery area, join in the fun and games of the 17th century, including hoop rolling, bowling and quoits.

10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Trade Between Cultures. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, learn about trade in the 17th century between the Powhatan Indians and the English settlers and the challenges of communicating between the two cultures.

11 a.m.: Settler Survival. Do you have what it takes to keep the new colony alive and healthy? In the re-created colonial fort, learn the duties required of settlers in the early days of Jamestown under the “Lawes Divine Morale and Martial.”

12 noon: Comparative Weapons. Behind re-created colonial fort, discover the advantages and disadvantages of 17th-century Powhatan and English weapons.

1 p.m.: Celestial Navigation. Take a noon sighting to learn how English sailors navigated across the ocean in the 17th century.

2 p.m.: Defending the Colony. In the re-created colonial fort, join in a military drill to experience the training of an early settler.

3 p.m.: A Sea Grammar. At the ships’ pier, try some of the skills necessary to be a 17th-century mariner.

4 p.m.: Comparative Fire-starting. Could you start a fire with friction or flint? In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, see and learn how the Powhatan Indians and English settlers each started fires 400 years ago.