Interactive Experiences

"TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia" Special Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement

Discover the stories of women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony through a series of interactive experiences.

Legacy Wall interactive screen. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.Legacy Wall: A touch-screen Legacy Wall allows visitors to explore stories of women from 1607 to the present day in five themes — occupation, citizenship, marriage, education and healthcare. Visitors will be able to share stories of influential women across history, including those in their own lives and families, and add them to the Legacy Wall.

Ferrar Papers: Visitors can gain additional insight to the 56 women listed in the 1621 Ferrar Papers with the touch of a screen.  Presented near the original documents on loan from the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College Cambridge, the interactive will feature the names, ages and conditions under which these young English women came to Virginia. The original 17th-century script of the document will be presented with a modern translation.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: A third interactive, formatted similarly to 21st-century online review sites, engage visitors in reading positive and negative reviews of 17th-century Virginia and will encourage users to decide if they would have stayed in England or gone to Virginia. Humorous reviews are based on actual quotes from the time period, which visitors can explore with the touch of an icon.


“TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” is a public-private partnership funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, James City County and 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, with additional support from the Robins Foundation.