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‘A Colonial Christmas’ Explores Historical Holiday Traditions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 29, 2016—History makes the holidays fun at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown during “A Colonial Christmas,” December 1 through December 31. The monthlong event explores 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with interpretive programs and, December 26-31, festivities abound with musical entertainment of the period.

The two living-history museums tell the story of our nation’s beginnings throughout the year with gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in re-created outdoor settings – a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Jamestown Settlement
“A Jamestown Christmas” holiday film and special interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of America’s first permanent English colony. In England, the holiday season – extending from December 25 to January 6 – was a time of merriment and feasting. While little is known about Christmases in early Jamestown, “A Colonial Christmas” activities reflect the cultural traditions recalled by English colonists.

Throughout the month, visitors to the outdoor living-history areas can learn about the Jamestown colony’s early years as well as the English colonists’ Christmas at sea in December 1606, and the Powhatan Indian hospitality shown to Captain John Smith’s trading party in 1608 during a winter storm. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, historical interpreters will present ongoing demonstrations on typical winter activities, including food preservation and hunting tools and techniques.

In the re-created fort, visitors can see wattle-and-daub buildings decorated with greenery and demonstrations of fancy cooking and, December 23-31, experience the 17th-century English tradition of the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief.”

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-era farm. Visitors to the Continental Army encampment can learn about winter camp life and hear accounts of Christmas during the war, as well as assist the quartermaster in preparing military supplies and, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, observe artillery demonstrations.

At the clapboard farmhouse adorned with greenery, historical interpreters compare and contrast 18th-century holiday traditions with those of modern times and demonstrate a variety of holiday activities, including setting a farmhouse table for a holiday feast. Visitors can see open-hearth cooking in the farm kitchen and take part in periodic candle-dipping activities.

Period Holiday Music & Entertainment
In Jamestown Settlement’s re-created fort church and at the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors can enjoy a variety of 17th- and 18th-century holiday music December 26-31, including fiddler David Gardner, Barry and Lynn Trott and the Itinerant Band. Musical performances will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Jamestown Settlement and at 12 and 2 p.m. at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

“A Colonial Christmas” is funded in part by a grant from the York County Arts Commission.

Tickets & Private Tours
A value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $21.25 for adults and $10.75 for ages 6-12 Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12 and to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission.

A History is Fun combination ticket – available online only – offers seven days of unlimited admission to both museums at $21.25 for adults and $10.75 for ages 6-12 and includes coupon booklets for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and a Historic Yorktown Rewards Card.

Christmas-themed private tours are available for an additional fee with advance reservations for a party of 14 or fewer people. Reservations can be made online or by calling (757) 253-4939.

Holiday Shopping in Museum Gift Shops
In time for holiday shopping, Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown gift shops offer a selection of books, prints, museum reproductions, educational toys, games and souvenirs relating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Admission is not required to visit the museum gift shops, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Shop online at www.shophistoryisfun.com.

How to Get Here
Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, except for Christmas and New Year’s days. The museums are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. Parking is free. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.

 



‘Foods & Feasts’ Holiday Event Serves Up Colonial Cooking Methods at Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 1, 2016 — Savor the Thanksgiving holiday by exploring centuries-old cooking and preservation methods during Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 24-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, dis

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America’s Decisive Revolutionary War Victory at Yorktown Celebrated October 14-16 and Yorktown Day, October 19

YORKTOWN, Va., October 7, 2016 — The 235th anniversary of America’s decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be marked October 14, 15 and 16 with historical lectures, tours and artillery demonstrations at Yorktown Battlefield and, October 15 and 16, hands-on interpretive programs, new exhibition galleries and films previewing the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Yorktown Day,

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‘Family Frights’ Returns to Jamestown Settlement for Family Halloween Fun October 21-22

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 5, 2016– “Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement,” a Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children, returns Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22. Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales and grisly games are among activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. Smoke, lanterns and sound effects will create a ghostly atmosphere in Jamestown Settlement

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Anedra Bourne Joins Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board; H. Benson Dendy III and Judy Wason Reappointed

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 30, 2016 – Anedra Wiseman Bourne of Richmond was appointed by Virginia Governor Terence R. McAuliffe for a term through June 2020 to the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center (American Revolution Museum of Yorktown as of October 15) history museums and conducts outr

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Godspeed Sailing this Fall to Lancaster, Middlesex Counties

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 21, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed departs September 27 on the first of two voyages this fall. The 17th-century replica ship will head for the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River to participate October 1 and 2 in the 2016 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta for vessels of classic design, the largest hospice regatta in the country. From its mooring in Lancaster Count

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Name, Exhibition Galleries, Films to Debut October 15-16

YORKTOWN, Va., September 22, 2016 – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, achieves a crucial milestone on the road to realization with the debut of an introductory film, permanent exhibition galleries and the new museum name October 15 and 16. Through comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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Dominion Resources Provides Leadership Support to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 12, 2016 – With gifts totaling more than $900,000, Dominion Resources, headquartered in Richmond, is the largest private donor to date to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support. Replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will debut its permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film to the public on O

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Carole Moore Named Human Resources Manager at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 16, 2016 – Carole Moore of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as human resources manager, with responsibility for staff recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, benefit administration, and employee relations. The Foundation is a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history muse

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Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center Offer ‘Homeschool Program Days’ September 10-25

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 2, 2016 – As the traditional school year gets underway, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with special admission and family tours available September 10-25 during “Homeschool Program Days.”  The two museums are administered by th

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September 11 Lecture at Yorktown Victory Center, September 10 Painting Event at Jamestown Settlement Part of 2016 National Marine Art Conference

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 31, 2016 – “Arctic Ocean – The Case for Maritime Governance,” a public lecture by retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 11, at the Yorktown Victory Center, is the concluding event of the 2016 National Marine Art Conference, taking place September 8-11 at several venues in Greater Williamsburg. Admission to this lecture is free on

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Trio of Fall Public Lectures Explore Theme of ‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 31, 2016 – The theme of Jamestown Settlement’s “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America” special exhibition is reflected in a trio of lectures to be presented at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29, in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater. The exhibition, which opened June 4 and continues through December 10, explores the s

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American Indian Intertribal Powwow October 1 & 2 to Feature Song and Dance, Storytelling, Film Presentation & Kevin Locke

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 19, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and a film presentation. An Evening Concert & Flute Workshops With Kevin Locke A highlight of the weekend ev

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2016 Revolutionary War Lecture Series Leads Up to Debut of American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Exhibition Galleries

YORKTOWN, Va., August 15, 2016 – The Yorktown Victory Center’s annual Revolutionary War lecture series will this year preview new permanent exhibition galleries debuting in mid-October in conjunction with the museum’s change in name to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  On four consecutive Tuesdays in September, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff speakers will explore a range of topics link

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July 23 Flag-Raising Ceremony Starts at Yorktown Victory Center, Proceeds to Yorktown Battlefield’s Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt

YORKTOWN, Va., July 19, 2016 – A British flag of the 18th century will be raised Saturday, July 23, at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Redoubt on Yorktown Battlefield in a ceremony jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement history museums. The flag will be presented by retir

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Online Personality Quiz Engages Players In Revolutionary Approach To History

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 1, 2016 – On the eve of Independence Day, a new online personality quiz invites participants to discover what they have in common with people of the American Revolution.  “How Revolutionary Are You?,” an amusing take on history, launches today on the Facebook page and website – HistoryIsFun.org – of Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning in Octo

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Names Mark Howell, Pam Pettengell To New Director Positions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 23, 2016 – Bringing extensive experience in museum education programming, Mark Howell of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as director of education, one of two new positions in the Foundation’s Museum Operations and Education Division led by Senior Director Peter Armstrong. Pam Pettengell of Williamsburg, director of outreach education and special se

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Yorktown Victory Center’s ‘Liberty Celebration’ Drums Up Patriotic Fun July 3-4

YORKTOWN, Va., June 9, 2016— Salute the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 3 and 4 at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, visitors can enjoy music, interpretive programs, military drills and artillery demonstrations, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founde

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 40th Annual Harborfest Event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 10-12, including a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads at noon, Friday, June 10. The ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughou

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‘Freedom’s Sentinel’ Eagle Sculpture Mounted Above Yorktown Museum Entrance

YORKTOWN, Va., May 20, 2016 – An iconic symbol of the United States of America – sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner – is newly mounted on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in October. Titled “Freedom’s Sentinel,” the 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicts an eagle mantling two e

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Jamestown Settlement to Present ‘Historic Trades Fair’ June 4 & 5

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement will hold a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, quillwork and pottery. Crafts and wares also will be available for purchase. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend event will take place in conjunction wi

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‘Bartering for a Continent’ Special Exhibition to Explore Importance of Anglo-Indian Trade in America

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 16, 2016 — “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America,” June 4 through December 10 at Jamestown Settlement, will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities a

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Four Virginia Legislators Named to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 12, 2016 – Four members of the Virginia General Assembly have joined the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., and Senat

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Daniel & Company To Construct Outdoor Exhibit Areas For American Revolution Museum At Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 5, 2016 – Daniel & Company, Inc., a Richmond firm with broad experience in historic renovation and museum projects, will serve as general contractor for construction of outdoor exhibit and visitor amenity areas for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center.  The $2,859,000 contract was awarded by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation,

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‘Jamestown Day’ Marks 409th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 26, 2016 — On Saturday, May 14, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 409th 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 sai

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Registration Underway for Summer Youth Programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 13, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will present a full menu of history programs this summer for young people age 4 through eighth grade. Registration begins April 30 for an array of Broadside history camps in June and July and is underway for the School of the Musketeer in July and The Museum’s Apprentice in August. [caption id="attachment_18415

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 9 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 28, 2016 – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens and those adopted by American citizens will be held on Saturday, April 9, 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 w

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Choose From Variety of Options for Experiencing Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 3, 2016 – From a weekend getaway to a weeklong vacation, from fun-filled activities to immersive learning experiences, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center fit easily into any Greater Williamsburg itinerary. Options for exploring the two living-history museums include private tours, joint tickets with other area attractions, and vacation packages that inclu

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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 29, 2016 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century A.D. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 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 35 groups based in Virginia, Mary

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2016 at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Offers Four Seasons of Fun Programs, Events & Exhibits

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – In 2016, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums will offer special programs across four seasons to enrich the story of America’s 17th- and 18th-century beginnings. Special events, exhibits and interpretive programs expand on the stories of the past that unfold daily at the two state-operated museums through indoor films and exhibits and outdo

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Concluding Month of Jamestown Settlement’s ‘Botanical Virginia’ Exhibit Comes With Lecture, Workshop

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2016 – A February 2 lecture and February 25 workshop are scheduled during the final month of the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia,” which continues through February 28. The exhibit explores documentation of native plants by naturalist Mark Catesby and botanist John Clayton in the 18th century and the Flora of Virginia Project in

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Jamestown Settlement Features African-American Folk Tales and Songs February 13 as Part of Black History Month

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 20, 2016 – Storytelling and musical performances highlight “African-American Imprint” on Saturday, February 13, at Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia. This family friendly Black History Month event features storyteller Sheila Arnold Jones, music by Legacy of Weyanoke and the Charles City Spiritual Ensemble, an African mask craft act

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Record Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 12, 2016 – Paid visitation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 548,341 in 2015, a slight increase of 0.3 percent from 2014. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,283,684 in 2015, up 5.1 percent. Paid attendance was 393,707 at Jamestown Settlement, even with 2014. At

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$150,000 Challenge Grant From the Cabell Foundation Supports American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Outdoor Living-History Areas

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 5, 2016 – The Cabell Foundation of Richmond has pledged a $150,000 challenge grant in support of outdoor living-history areas at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to open by late 2016. A new Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm are under construction adjacent to the 80,000-square-foot museum building that opened in March 2015, representin

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