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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 throughout the weekend and will be open for public tours 3 to 6 p.m. on June 10 and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.

Jamestown Settlement Godspeed at 2014 Harborfest

Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed at Norfolk Harborfest® in 2014.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Godspeed’s commissioning – on May 22, 2006 – and subsequent 10-week voyage along the Eastern Seaboard to launch a year-and-a-half series of signature events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.

While the Godspeed is away from Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 vessels.

The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations. Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road) next to Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org. For details about Norfolk Harborfest, visit https://festevents.org/events/2016-season-events/norfolkharborfest40/.



‘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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