Virginia has long been recognized as the birthplace of America, and 2019 will be the 400th anniversary of four major Virginia events of national significance. Since the 2013 Session, when the Virginia General Assembly designated the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the lead executive branch agency to develop planning systems supporting the 2019 Commemoration, a Steering Committee, co-chaired by Speaker M. Kirkland Cox and Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr., has been developing strategies to promote the key themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Read the 2017 Progress Report.
The 2019 Commemoration will observe the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly in the New World, arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers, observance of the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the Virginia Colony.
The 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee will launch a series of programs and events of national and international significance to build awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States and reinforce Virginia’s position as a global leader in education, tourism and economic development.
The work of the Steering Committee is supported by a 2019 Commemoration office based at Jamestown Settlement. To reach the office, call (757) 253-4219. Visit the 2019 website.
Virginia History Trails is an easy-to-use app that puts 400 years of Virginia and American history at your fingertips. Using your phone’s GPS feature, Virginia History Trails turns your immediate surroundings into a live history lesson. You can click anywhere on the map under the “Near Me” category and instantly get an in-depth description of dozens of sites in your vicinity, along with explanations of their importance to Virginia’s history.