On Saturday, May 10, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement commemorated the 407th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.
“Jamestown Day” featured Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family-friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment took place at both sites.
“Jamestown Day” is jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia), and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
|The Discovery, the smallest of Jamestown Settlement's ship fleet, sailed in the James River on Jamestown Day, May 10. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.
A highlight of “Jamestown Day” events at Jamestown Settlement were the mid-morning departure of the Discovery, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607, which demonstrated sailing maneuvers in the James River. Programs allowed visitors to learn about the early relationship between Powhatan Indians and English colonists and take part in comparative demonstrations on weaponry and methods of warfare. From tying knots to making rope, visitors joined in hands-on activities while learning about the life of a sailor.
Entertainment of the 1600s was be presented, as well as artillery demonstrations and military drills. Visitors enjoyed storytelling, a 17th-century fair with puppet shows, juggling and magic, and traditional music by David Gardner on fiddle and The Itinerant Band, performing a sampling of 17th-century music from the British Isles. Visitors also enjoyed hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, and quoits.
|At Historic Jamestowne, visitors can share in the moment of discovery with archaeologists at the 1607 James Fort excavation. Preservation Virginia photo.
“Jamestown Day” at Historic Jamestowne featured tours, demonstrations and ongoing archaeological excavations of the 1607 James Fort, allowing guests to share in the moments of discovery while interacting with archaeologists on site. Guests meet English colonists Captain Edward Brewster and Pocahontas’s “brothers” Aquinton and Keyghaughton, and witnessed displays of American Indian and English archery.
The St. Maries Citty Militia was on hand to demonstrate 17th-century military tactics. A variety of ranger tours and programs highlighting the history of first settlement were available throughout the day, including costumed glassblowers showing one of America’s first industries at the Glasshouse.
Separate Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
There is separate admission to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking is available at both sites.
Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 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. A four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center is available for purchase at Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.
For information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit www.historyisfun.org. For information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org or www.nps.gov/colo.