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2018 Special Programs

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
2018 Special Programs

Military Through the AgesMarch 17-18, 2018: Military Through the Ages, Jamestown Settlement – Military re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. This year’s event highlights the centennial of World War I.

April 28, 2018: An Afternoon of Cultural Cuisine, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cuisine through cooking and conversation with Michael W. Twitty, African American and Jewish culinary historian and author. Program begins at 2 p.m.

May 12, 2018: Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne – Salute the 411th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, with interpretive programs and artillery firings. Climb aboard a Jamestown Settlement ship and see one sail, and take part in archaeo­logical programs at Historic Jamestowne. Separate site admission.

Gunners Calipers, 18th century, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection

Gunner’s Calipers signed by British instrument maker, George Adams, circa 1740. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

June 10, 2018-January 5, 2019: “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” Special Exhibition, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – As the final victory of the American Revolution, the 1781 Siege at Yorktown is known for the use of artillery by General George Washington’s Continental Army. Through interactive elements and artifact displays, examine American, French and British artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution. The special exhibition explores a range of topics from innovations in artillery design and technology to the individual roles of an artillery crew. From June through December, a series of special programs on artillery, including artillery demonstrations and musical performances, accompany the special exhibition.

July 4, 2018: Liberty Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Salute the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Take part in a public reading of this world-changing document and view a rare July 1776 broadside surrounded by the signatures of those who proclaimed America’s independence.

September 6, 13 and 20: “A Diplomatic America” Lecture Series, 7 p.m. – Ever since Europeans set foot in Virginia, diplomacy has been part of our country’s evolution and role on the world stage. This lecture series examines the complexities and challenges of diplomatic negotiation. September 6: “Anglo-Indian Relations in the Seventeenth Century,” Buck Woodard, American University. September 13: “The Treaty of Paris and the Birth of the United States,” Jonathan R. Dull, Yale University. September 20: “The Paris Peace Conference of 1919,” Edmund D. Potter, Mary Baldwin University. Admission is free; advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572.

September 29-30, 2018: American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement – Join in a two-day celebration of song, dance and storytelling, featuring American Indian tribes.

ARM-Y Camp - artilleryOctober 20-21, 2018: Yorktown Victory Celebration, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Revolutionary War re-enactors and artillery firings salute the 237th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. October 19 commemorative events take place in historic Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield.

October 26 & 27, 2018: Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement – A Halloween-themed museum night for elementary-school-age children and families features trick-or-treating, haunted houses and ship, grisly games and ghostly tales. 6:30-9 p.m. Separate admission.

November 10, 2018-January 5, 2020: “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” Special Exhibition, Jamestown Settlement – A special yearlong exhibition explores captivating and little-known personal stories of the women in Jamestown and the VirgiTenacitynia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Discover the struggles that women faced in the New World and their contributions, from the arrival of the first English women in Virginia in 1608 and the Powhatan Indian women they encounter to the arrival of the first documented African women and influx of English women in the colony in 1619. From women’s roles to women’s rights, connect issues of the 17th century and their relevance today. 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION TM Legacy Project.

Farm kitchen cooking during Foods and FeastsNovember 22-24, 2018: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Culinary practices of 17th-and 18th-century Virginia are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

December 20-31, 2018: Christmastide in Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Experience colonial holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. Museums closed December 25.


Admission: In 2018, a value-priced combination ticket to both museums is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12.  Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $15.00 adults and $7.50 ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Special programs and exhibitions included in admission during museum operating hours.

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 to August 15); closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Location: Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, an America’s Byways “All-American Road.”

General Information: Call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit historyisfun.org.

 Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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