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Jamestown Settlement to Present May 14 Special Events to Commemorate the 415th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding and Honor Enduring Virginia Indian Traditions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 9, 2022 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a full day of interpretive programs and live demonstrations on Saturday, May 14 to commemorate the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and honor the enduring legacies and traditions of the Virginia Indians who have occupied Virginia’s landscape for centuries.

Jamestown Settlements Discovery sails on Jamestown Day_Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photoJamestown Day

Jamestown Settlement family friendly programs on May 14 will feature Jamestown Day with military salutes and maritime demonstrations. A 10 a.m. artillery salute will signal the departure of the Discovery, the smallest of the three re-created ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607, to show sailing maneuvers in the James River, weather permitting.

Visitors to the ships’ pier also can board the Susan Constant, and learn how sailors navigated the seas in the 17th century with a special program on celestial navigation. Visitors can enjoy programs on English and Powhatan comparative weaponry, matchlock musket firing, blacksmithing and period cooking in the museum’s re-creations of a colonial fort and Paspahegh town.

Indigenous Arts Day

Indigenous Arts Day at Jamestown Settlement_Tracy Y Roberts photoIndigenous Arts Day will celebrate the culture’s enduring legacies with traditional and contemporary art forms by Indigenous artists, including special outdoor performances of music and dance. Beginning with an 11 a.m. welcome, Clark Stewart (Chickahominy) will emcee performances on Jamestown Settlement’s mall, where a variety of Indigenous artists and craftspeople will display and demonstrate their work throughout the day, some of which will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, programs and vendors will move indoors.

Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe will lead the day’s performances with Stoney Creek Singers on drum, along with Nottaway flutist Nathan Elliott, Lakota storyteller Felicity Meza-Luna, and Soapstone, musicians playing traditional Woodland Indian instruments.

Special programs are supported in part by James City County and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Annual Fund.

About Jamestown Settlement

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

Special event activities are included with museum admission, and tickets can be purchased online or in person. Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. Online ticket specials are available for Virginia residents, including an annual pass that offers year-round admission for the price of a one-day combination ticket to both museums.

Free admission for residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, 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.

For more information, visit jyfmuseums.org or call (757) 253-4838.