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Historic Trades Fair at Jamestown Settlement June 3 & 4 to Showcase Handcrafted Trades of the Past

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 24, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, broom-weaving and pottery.

Trade and Craft Demonstrations
In its second year, the Historic Trades Fair will feature craftspeople demonstrating more than a dozen trades in the outdoor living-history areas. Crafts and wares will be available for purchase.

Among the trades, the Southeast Virginia Primitive Skills Group will show techniques in flint-knapping, native coil pottery, broom-weaving, leather-working and fire-starting.

Hand woodworking techniques common in the 17th to 19th centuries will be shown by Blood and Sawdust, a group of craftspeople using wedges, axes, drawknives and froes to make rough items such as shingles, clapboards, small boards for joinery, and benches. They also will use bench tools, including handsaws, planes and braces, to create finished parts.

The Bodging Bigfoot, LLC, will demonstrate a spring pole lathe and sell turned bowls, rattles, chairs and stools.

Terrapin Station will present demonstrations in chip carving and woodcarving.

Hot Dip Tin will demonstrate original tin-smithing methods to create household items and a period spinning wheel to process fibers typical of 18th-century America.

K.P. Knitcraft will demonstrate the use of spinning wheels, a modern upright and classic “Sleeping Beauty” style, as well as a drop spindle and knitting. Windhil Spindle will showcase methods of spinning, weaving and knitting.

K. Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse will make historically inspired reproduction jewelry, including necklaces, broaches and pins.

Visitors can see the progression in portraiture with demonstrations by Ronald S. Carnegie Wet-Plate Photographer showing the 19th-century technique of making photographic images on glass or aluminum plates. Visitors also can have their own portraits captured for purchase.

Outdoor Living-History Area Trade Activities
Throughout the day in the museum’s outdoor living-history areas, visitors can take part in a variety of trade-related activities. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can see historical interpreters burn and scrape a log canoe, a vessel used to travel along the waterways to trade and transport goods. At the ships’ pier, visitors can learn about the sailor’s trade of sewing and repairing ship sails. In the re-created colonial fort, historical interpreters will show the process of smelting iron from ore in an iron bloomer on Saturday and armor-making on both days.

Jamestown Settlement, located at Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, with immersive gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort.

The special event is included with Jamestown Settlement admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6.

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/historic-trades-fair/.

‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 410th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 27, 2017— On Saturday, May 13, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 410th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement. “Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sail

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 29 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 21, 2017 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 29, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership

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Dedication of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Take Place April 1 With Patriotic Ceremonies, 18th-Century Fair, Special Tribute to Nick And Mary Mathews

Museum Parking and Access Limited; Public Parking Available in Historic Yorktown YORKTOWN, Va., March 24, 2017 — The new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will be dedicated on Saturday, April 1, the highpoint of a 13-day Grand Opening Celebration saluting each of the first original 13 states in the order that they ratified the Constitution. A dedication ceremony launches Virginia Day festi

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Grand Opening Celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, To Salute 13 Original States, Feature Museum Dedication, Patriotic Ceremonies & Military Music

Artillery salutes and flag-raising ceremonies. Fifes and drums and military dragoons. Brass bands and color guards. Historians, military veterans, re-enactors, entertainers and enthusiasts reveling in the Revolution will come together March 23 to April 4 to present 13 days of festivities showcasing the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Rev

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Jamestown Settlement & New American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Mark Pivotal Moments, Compelling Events & Exhibits in 2017

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – 2017 is a pivotal year at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, two premier living-history museums in two corners of America’s Historic Triangle that offer year-round experiences, compelling special exhibitions, events and programs that immerse visitors into the story of America’s beginnings. The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolu

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement March 18-19 Presents Centuries of Military History in One Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 23, 2017 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the fifth century B.C. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19 for Jamestown Settlement’s 33rd annual “Military Through the Ages” event. This popular chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature military re-en

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Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown History Museums Mark Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 3, 2017 – Paid visitation in 2016 at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 567,094, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2015. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,584,610 in 2016, up 5.7 percent. 2016 paid attendance was

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