On Saturday, May 11, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 406th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.
A day of discovery and fun, “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 activities, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites. See a complete schedule of events.
|The Discovery, one of Jamestown Settlement's re-created ships, will sail in the James River on Jamestown Day, May 11. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.
“Jamestown Day” is jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia), and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
A highlight of “Jamestown Day” events at Jamestown Settlement is the mid-morning departure (weather dependent) of the Discovery, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607, to set sail in the James River.
Entertainment of the 1600s will be presented, as well as artillery demonstrations and military drills. Visitors can enjoy a 17th-century fair with puppet shows, juggling and magic, and traditional music by David Gardner on fiddle and Barry and Lynn Trott on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba. Visitors can play a variety of period games, such as hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, ninepins, and quoits.
|At Historic Jamestowne, visitors can share in the moment of discovery with archaeologists at the 1607 James Fort excavation. Preservation Virginia photo.
“Jamestown Day” at Historic Jamestowne 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.
Guests can meet English colonists Captain Edward Brewster and Anne Burras, and see displays of American Indian and English archery. The St. Maries Citty Militia will be on hand to demonstrate 17th-century military tactics. A variety of ranger tours and programs highlighting the history of first settlement will be available throughout the day, including costumed glassblowers showing one of America’s first industries at the glasshouse.
Separate Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
There is separate admission to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking and shuttle services are available at both sites.
Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6 through 12, free for children under 6; complimentary admission for residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including the College of William and Mary. Historic Jamestowne admission is $14.00 for people over age 15, free for people under 16.
A four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center is available for purchase at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.
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 www.historyisfun.org.