Historic Jamestowne

Jamestown Day Schedule of Events
May 11, 2019

Jamestown Day-May 9-Historic Jamestowne

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.

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.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.:  New Exhibit! “From Fort to Port : Legacies of 1619.”  Explore the tobacco boom in Virginia, Jamestown’s development from a fort to a port, as well as the exploitation of Africans, Virginia Indians, and indentured servants in this new gallery exhibit at the Natalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: New Exhibit! “In the Footsteps of Democracy.”  Visit the Memorial Church as our “re-interpretation” work continues to better showcase the site’s original 1617-18 church and its foundations – which was the meeting place for the first representative government in English America. Stand on the exact spot where the first General Assembly was held in 1619 and our nation’s democracy began. At the Memorial Church.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Hands on the Past! at 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. At the “sorting and picking” station lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

10 a.m. – 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. – 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 life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Forged in History:  Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith’s 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. – 4 p.m.: A New Life in the New World. Learn first-hand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers that explored the bay with Capt. John Smith.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Hoops and Staves. Join cooper Marshall Scheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods and tools in creating buckets, barrels and casks.  While the technology of coopering (making wooden storage containers)  has existed for over 3,000 years, at Jamestown casks were once used to transport precious cargo such as wine, beer, tobacco, sugar, and salt. Every household had a need for wooden buckets and tubs.

10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Meet Temperance Yeardley – Join Lady Yeardley as she welcomes new colonists and shares the challenges of her past 10 years in Virginia. Arriving on the Falcon in August of 1609, she was one of only 60 survivors of her first winter, referred to as “the starving time.” As the colony stabilized under martial law, she also witnessed the marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas which brought peace to the settlements along the James.  Having just returned from England with her husband Sir George Yeardley – the newly appointed (and knighted) – Governor of Virginia, she may offer insights into rumored changes that the Virginia Company has instructed her husband to make. Rumors of a representative government and land ownership!

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.:  Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne – 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.


11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Archaeology Walking Tour of James Fort. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries.

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Ranger Walking Tour. Take a guided Park Ranger tour to gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown. Also available on May 12.

2 p.m.: First Africans Walking Tour: This walking tour of New Towne 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. Recent archaeology has investigated the site of where Angela lived and worked. The story of African Americans at Jamestown goes beyond 1619.

3:15 p.m.: Angela’s Story: Meet one of the earliest Africans who lived on Jamestown Island as she recalls her former home in Angola and the new world she was brought to live in. The program follows the First Africans Walking Tour at the benches near the Hunt Shrine.

Visiting Historic Jamestowne

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $20.00 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.

For more information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org or www.nps.gov/colo.