Jamestown Day Schedule of Events
May 13, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Explore America’s Birthplace. Discover the story of Jamestown by touring the Visitor Center exhibition gallery and the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum, Memorial Church and archaeological site of the 1607 James Fort, and the waysides of New Towne.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free Enterprise and Early Industries. Experience the work of craftsmen at the Glasshouse and James Fort site as they demonstrate glassmaking and blacksmithing as practiced during Jamestown’s early years.
10 a.m. to 12 noon: Children’s Dig Box. This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts and stratigraphy.
9:30 a.m. and 12 Noon: Ranger Walking Tour. Take a guided Park Ranger tour to gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “The Buried Truth.” Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations and the latest discoveries.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake. Meet Dan Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and learn about the material culture and lifeways of Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Forged in History. Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort forge.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “Poles, Posts and Rails…” Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. Meet Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar inside the west wall of the reconstructed palisade and learn how archaeology revealed the process they used to build the fort in two weeks… which was the very same technology used to rebuild it!
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: A New Life in the New World. Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the bay with Captain John Smith.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium. Join archaeological curators to learn how artifacts make it from the field to exhibit and learn about the tools used to conserve them at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Assist the curators in sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 & 3 p.m.: Archaeologist Walking Tour. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries.
Visiting Historic Jamestowne
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.