Jamestown Day Schedule of Events
May 11, 2018
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Explore Museum Galleries. Enjoy an introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits, featuring more than 500 artifacts and new interactive displays, which tell the Jamestown story in the context of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that converged in the 1600s.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Living-History Interpretive Demonstrations. Visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort where costumed historical interpreters present hands–on programs and demonstrations, including cooking, navigation and matchlock musket–firing.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Trade Between Cultures. Could you make a deal when trying to communicate across different languages? Learn about trade in the 17th century between the Powhatan and the English in the re-created fort.
10 a.m.: Godspeed Sets Sail. An artillery salute from the ships’ pier signals the departure of Godspeed, one of Jamestown Settlement’s replica ships, to demonstrate sailing maneuvers in the James River through mid–afternoon. (Weather permitting.)
11 a.m.: Comparative Weaponry. Musket or bow, tomahawk or sword? Behind the re-created fort, historical interpreters compare and contrast 17th-century weapons of war.
1 p.m.: Celestial Navigation. At the ships’ pier, take a “noon sighting” and learn how English sailors navigated across the ocean in the 17th century.
2 p.m.: Defending the Colony. At Jamestown, every man was also a soldier. Join in with the soldiers in the re-created fort to get first-hand training in defending the colony.
3 p.m.: A Sea Grammar. At the ships’ pier, try your hand at some of the skills necessary to be a 17th-century mariner.
4 p.m.: Comparative Fire-starting. Fire was a crucial tool for daily survival in the 17th century. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, learn how an Englishman and a Powhatan would have started their fires 400 years ago.
Visiting Jamestown Settlement
Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.
For more information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit historyisfun.org.