Events

“Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe”

Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More

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“Tools of the Trade” Theme Month

Compare and contrast tools and technology used by people in the 17th and 18th centuries for farming, fishing, hunting, defense, navigation and building through interpretive programs and hands-on activities. The theme month begins with “On the Riverfront,” August 1-2 at Jamestown Settlement, featuring objects used to build dugout canoes and harvest Chesapeake Bay waterways. More

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On the Riverfront

Scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe, hear sea chanteys, and discover life along the Chesapeake Bay through interpretive demonstrations, children’s crafts and period games. Visitors also can explore the “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition, on display through September 8, to learn about the vessel’s construction and evolution. More

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Court Days

When court convened in the 18th century, the town turned out. Take part in role-play trials as a juror, witness, or even the accused, and experience historic tax protests, militia musters and artillery demonstrations.  Visitors also can enjoy period games, a puppet show, livestock displays and, on Saturday, storytelling by Sheila Arnold Jones.

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Revolutionary War Lecture Series: George Washington’s Life and Legacy

The first of four Yorktown Victory Center evening lectures on the life and legacy of George Washington features Edward J. Larson, author of The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789.  He holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University and is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History. Admission to the lecture is free. Advance reservations a

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