WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 19, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed departs September 21 on the first of two outreach voyages this fall to Henricus Historical Park and Reedville.
The 17th-century replica ship will sail up the James River to Henricus Historical Park, where it will be open for tours during Publick Days on September 23 and 24 and host pre-scheduled student groups September 25 and 26.
After departing September 27, the Godspeed will arrive September 30 in Reedville, where staff and volunteer sailing crew members will present public programming for the first time in the community since 1993. The Godspeed will be open for free public tours at the Crazy Crab Marina from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. On Monday, October 2, the Godspeed will host fourth-grade students from Northumberland County in conjunction with an education program with the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum.
A re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, the Godspeed is based at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. While the Godspeed is away, museum visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 ships. The Godspeed is scheduled to return to Jamestown Settlement and be open to the public by October 8.
The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations.
Jamestown Settlement is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), just southwest of Williamsburg and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or toll-free (888) 593-4682, or visit jyfmuseums.org.