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Jamestown Day Marked on May 8 at Jamestown Settlement with Interpretive Programs and Indigenous Arts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 30, 2021 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will mark Jamestown Day on Saturday, May 8, commemorating the 414th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English colony with a variety of family friendly interpretive programs, military salutes, maritime demonstrations, accompanied by special Indigenous Arts Day activities.

Meredith Schramm-American Indian Hoop Dancer_2This year in conjunction with “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” a contemporary exhibition on display through March 25, 2022, Indigenous Arts Day will celebrate native culture through outdoor demonstrations of music, dance, and traditional and contemporary art. Red Crooked Sky American Indian Dance Troupe, Stoney Creek Singers and award-winning hoop dancer Meredith Schramm (Omaha) will perform during this one-day event, along with flutist Nathan Elliott (Nottoway). Throughout the day, a variety of native artists will display and demonstrate their work, which will be available for purchase.

At the ships’ pier, visitors can board the Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought English colonists to Jamestown in 1607, and learn how sailors navigated the seas in the 17th century with a 1 p.m. demonstration on celestial navigation.

Visitors can explore a re-created Paspahegh town to discover how Virginia Indians constructed a dugout canoe, cooked over open fires and made tools of stone and bone. In the re-created fort, visitors can see demonstrations of period cooking, military and matchlock firings, as well as artillery firing near the riverfront, and view demonstrations of English and Powhatan comparative weaponry.

Powhatan and English weaponryIndoors, visitors can view 1607: A Nation Takes Root, a docudrama shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, that traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619. Immersive gallery exhibits engage visitors with rare artifacts, interactive experiences and award-winning films that share the personal stories of ordinary people in early Virginia displayed on monitors, life-size screens and projections in re-created settings.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Gift shop and café open during museum hours. Parking is free. Museum operations have been adapted for everyone’s health and safety with protective protocols.

Admission tickets can be purchased online on the eStore or in person, following safety protocols. Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.



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