Hundreds of re-enactors depicting soldiers from the first century A.D. through modern times will present a chronological display of military history in one weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, for Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages” event.
March is "Insider's Access to Williamsburg" Month
This year marks the 30th anniversary of “Military Through the Ages,” which has been held at Jamestown Settlement annually since 1984. More than 35 re-enactment groups
and modern-day units will show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries, as well as aspects of field communication and medical treatment.
This year’s event will feature musical performances and a visit from the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Weekend highlights include a children’s parade at noon Saturday, “four centuries of artillery” at noon Sunday, and a pass-in-review and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Music of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries will be performed at regular intervals throughout both days of the event.
The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, which has made more than 120 stops across the state since its tour began in 2011, will be located in the Jamestown Settlement visitor parking area and will be open, with free admission, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 15 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16. Immersive spaces and interactive exhibits draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia.
Admission to "Military Through the Ages" is included with museum general admission.