Jamestown Day Schedule of Events
May 12, 2018
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, as well as the waysides of New Towne. (Also available Sunday, May 13.)
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, blacksmithing and coopering as practiced during Jamestown’s early years. (Glassmaking also available Sunday, May 13.)
10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m.: 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.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hands on the Past. The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation.
9:30 a.m. and 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 to 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 to 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 blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski 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.: “Hoops and Staves.” Join cooper Marshall Scheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods and tools in creating buckets, barrels and casks.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (and roving about during the day): Meet Joan Pierce. Arriving on the ship Blessing in August of 1609, Joan Pierce remembers her first winter as a “starving time” – when 340 colonists were reduced to 60. Mistress Pierce’s first-person account will give voice to the early colonists and the challenges met by one of the earliest female settlers in colonial Virginia.
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 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. (Tour begins at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13.)
2:00 p.m.: Ecology at Jamestown: A Nature Tour. Join environmental scientist Kevin McCurley on a nature tour at Historic Jamestowne. Learn how to identify local flora and fauna, and how English settlers and Powhatan Indians utilized these resources hundreds of years ago.
3:00 p.m.: First Africans Walking Tour. This walking tour of “New Town” will focus on the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619. Of the nine Africans listed at Jamestown by 1625, only one was identified by name – a woman named Angela, also referred to as Angelo in historic records. Recent archaeology has investigated the site of where she lived and worked.
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.