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Agriculture and Technology Highlight Summer Theme Months at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Agriculture and Technology Highlight Summer Theme Months
at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Summer programs in  August explore aspects of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia agriculture and technology through a variety of family friendly interpretive programs and hands-on demonstrations. 

Tools of the Trade – August 1-31, 2011

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At Jamestown Settlement, visitors will discover the tools used by Powhatan Indians before English contact to hunt game, cultivate crops, prepare food, build homes and make clothing. Aboard re-creations of the ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607, visitors can examine techniques for sail handling and navigation to learn how mariners determined ships’ speed, direction and distance traveled. At the riverfront discovery area, learn the value of tools in trade among European, Powhatan and African cultures, as well as compare and contrast tools used for catching fish and constructing watercraft. Within the re-created colonial fort, visitors will explore the trades of English settlers and the tools they used, from woodworking to repairing tools at the blacksmith’s forge, to the matchlock muskets and armor worn by soldiers.

Breaking flax at the Yorktown Victory Center farmAt the Yorktown Victory Center, visitors to the re-created 1780s farm can see demonstrations of tools farmers used for planting and tending gardens, processing flax into cloth, harvesting tobacco and cooking over an open hearth. At the Continental Army encampment, visitors will discover the technology that enabled soldiers to use flintlock muskets during the American Revolution and see daily demonstrations of weaponry. Special programs each day will allow visitors to learn about the tools used by an artillery crew, followed by a firing of an artillery piece.  Daily demonstrations also highlight the techniques and implements used by physicians and surgeons to care for sick and wounded soldiers.

Watch a video about Matchlock and Flintlock muskets.

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15). Visitors can save 20% on a combination ticket to both museums: $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 receive complimentary admission.