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Jamestown Settlement Marks the Legacy of the Blacksmith Saturday During ‘International Blacksmiths’ Day’ Celebration

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2015 – Jamestown Settlement will hold an “International Blacksmiths’ Day Celebration” on Saturday, May 30, to honor the legacy of the blacksmith, an iron-working tradition in Virginia dating to 1607 when John Smith declared that the colony’s “best commoditie was Iron which we made into little chisels.”

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can see modern blacksmiths from the Central Virginia and Tidewater blacksmith guilds demonstrate the craft and, in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created colonial fort, examine 17th-century techniques in the blacksmith forge.

Iron Bloomery at Jamestown SettlementHistorical interpreters will show the process of smelting iron from ore in an iron bloomery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the museum’s fort. During the same time in the riverfront discovery area, visitors can discover some of the Virginia minerals that colonists may have found as they explored the new colony by helping sieve and identify materials collected along the James River.

Saturday’s event also features two afternoon lectures. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., scholar Lisa Heuvel will discuss the history of English mineral exploration in the New World. At 3:30 p.m., Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter and blacksmith Vincent Petty will discuss the evolution of iron-making technology and its application in the Virginia colony.

Jamestown Settlement, located at Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, with expansive 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.

Admission is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. For more information, visit www.historyisfun.org or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.



Yorktown Victory Center Welcomes French Ship Hermione With June 5-7 Events

YORKTOWN, Va., May 22, 2015 – In conjunction with the visit of the replica 18th-century French ship Hermione to Yorktown during the first weekend of June, the Yorktown Victory Center will offer an enhanced schedule of artillery demonstrations June 5-7, the first public performances of a new play on June 6, and a public lecture on June 7. The Yorktown Victory Center is a state-operated museum of th

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Announces $15 Million Comprehensive Campaign for American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 13, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., the private fundraising arm of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, has launched the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. At a campaign kickoff event held May 12, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., President Clifford B. Fleet announced that the Campaign for Support has secured $10.4 million in sup

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Maritime Expert to Speak May 5 at Jamestown Settlement in Connection With ‘Chesapeake Log Canoe’ Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2015 – Lyles Forbes, chief curator at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, will speak at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, May 5, about the topic of the ongoing special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. [caption id="attachment_14293" align="alignright" width="300"] This circa-1945 photograp

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‘Jamestown Day’ at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Marks 408th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23, 2015 — On Saturday, May 9, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 408th 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

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Yorktown Victory Center Invites Community To Experience New Museum Building

YORKTOWN, Va., April 6, 2015 – A newly open building that will be the centerpiece of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – replacing the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016 – will be showcased in a community open house on Sunday, April 19, with guided tours and light refreshments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free admission for residents of Gloucester, James City, Mathews and York counties an

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Private Tours, Vacation Packages Among Options for Visiting Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 30, 2015 – From private tours to vacation packages, there are a variety of ways to plan a visit this spring or summer to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums that tell the story of the nation’s beginnings through engaging experiences in gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings. At Jamestown Settlement, visitors can climb a

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Historical Clothing Expert Will Speak April 7 at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 24, 2015 – British historian Stuart Peachey will present “Clothing of the Common People in Elizabethan and Jacobean England” at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, April 7. The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m. A specialist in the English Civil War and the history of food and clothing, Mr. Peachey is director of Historical Management Associates in Bristol, England, a li

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Forty-five People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in March 28 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 18, 2015 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.  The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immi

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With Move to New Building, Yorktown Victory Center is Midway in Transformation into American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

MIDPOINT MILESTONE YORKTOWN, Va., March 12, 2015 – With the completion of an 80,000-square-foot building – a distinctive new Yorktown landmark – the Yorktown Victory Center has reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center and the museum replacement project are managed by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Vi

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Welch Fusiliers Topic of Lecture March 24 at Yorktown Victory Center

YORKTOWN, Va., March 5, 2015 – Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Yorktown Victory Center on the subject of his book “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.” General Riley, who earned a doctorate in Modern History from Cranfield University, served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009 and in the 19

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‘Military Through The Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement Presents Centuries of Military History — and Music

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 2, 2015 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together for one weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event. This chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature more than 35 groups b

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Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Grant Supports Acquisition of 1730s Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, Once Enslaved in American Colonies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 19, 2015 – The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond has awarded a grant of $150,000 in support of the recent acquisition of a rare 1730s portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo for exhibit at the future American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The portrait is one of two known paintings of Diallo made in England by William Hoare, th

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Four Elected to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. February 12, 2015 – T.J. Cardwell of Williamsburg and Terry E. Hall, Brian K. Skinner and Alexis Swann of Yorktown have been elected to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors. The Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit entity that coordinates fundraising to benefit programs of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestow

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African-American Folk Tales and Songs Take Center Stage at Jamestown Settlement Weekend of February 14 and 15

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – “African-American Musical Imprint Weekend,” February 14 and 15 at Jamestown Settlement, will showcase performances by “The Storyteller” Dylan Pritchett, the Northern Neck Chantey Singers and Legacy of Weyanoke. The music and storytelling weekend is a highlight of “From Africa to Virginia” month at the state-operated living-history museum, with gallery exhib

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New Museum Building, Maritime Exhibition, Varied Special Programs Hallmarks of 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 2, 2015 – A new museum building at the Yorktown Victory Center and a maritime special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement provide the backdrop for an array of special public programs throughout 2015. The two state-operated living-history museums tell the story of America’s beginnings through indoor films and exhibits and outdoor re-created settings: Powhatan Indian villa

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Experience Slight Visitation, Revenue Declines in 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 13, 2015 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 546,671 in 2014, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2013. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,026,279 in 2014, down 2.5 percent. Paid attendance was 393,697 at Jamestown Settlement, 1.9 percent less than in

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‘From Africa to Virginia’ Theme Shapes February Programming at Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

‘African-American Musical Imprint Weekend’ February 14-15 at Jamestown Settlement WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2015 – February is “From Africa to Virginia” month at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums. Gallery exhibits and daily interpretive programs highlight the culture of the first recorded Africans in Virginia and the experience of people of African descent in

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Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation Grant Benefits American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 6, 2015 – The Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, has provided a grant of $150,000 in support of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to replace the Yorktown Victory Center in late 2016. In recent years the Gray Foundation has awarded grants totaling $259,000

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