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Jamestown Day

May 8 at Jamestown Settlement

Mark the 414th Anniversary of Jamestown’s 1607 Founding
with Interpretive Programs and Indigenous Arts
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Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will mark the 414th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement on Saturday, May 8, with a variety of outdoor family friendly interpretive programs, military salutes, maritime demonstrations and a special Indigenous Arts Day.

This year in conjunction with “FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience,” a contemporary exhibition on display through March 25, 2022, Indigenous Arts Day celebrates native culture through 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 to the re-created Paspahegh Town can discover how Virginia Indians constructed a dugout canoe, cooked over open fires and made tools of stone and bone. In the re-created 1610-14 fort, visitors can see demonstrations of period cooking, military and matchlock firings, as well as artillery firing near the riverfront. Visitors also can see demonstrations of English and Powhatan comparative weaponry.

Indoors, 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 feature artifacts, interactives and films. Visitors can view personal stories of ordinary people in 17th-century 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.


Extend Your Visit and Explore Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown Day-May 9-Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne is the site of the 1607 colony. Preservation Virginia photo.

Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia, features ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne requires separate admission: $25.00 for adults and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $10.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free. Historic Jamestowne visitor information is available at (757) 229-4997 or historicjamestowne.org.

four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is available for purchase at Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.