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Military Through the Ages

March 20-21 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jamestown Settlement

Military Through The Ages at Jamestown Settlement

In just one weekend, visitors can experience centuries of military history during Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages” event on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21.

“Military Through the Ages” will feature hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the 9th century all the way to modern-day soldiers with the Virginia Army National Guard.

Following protective safety protocols, this unique chronological display of military history allows visitors to explore military encampments and interact with re-enactors to learn how uniforms, weapons and tactics evolved through the centuries.


Attention! Protective Protocols for Weekend Event

All programs and activities have been adapted to meet protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to create a safe museum environment for everyone to enjoy. Masks required indoors and outdoors. 

Military parades and pass-in-review ceremony will not take place this year in an effort to prevent large gatherings at one time.

Timeline from the 9th Century to the Virginia Army National Guard

Hundreds of re-enactors will portray soldiers and military encounters from the medieval period, War of 1812, Napoleonic Wars and American Civil War. Re-enactors depicting World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War will take visitors through the 20th century. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum and Quartermaster Museum and the Virginia Army National Guard 111th Field Artillery will represent the present day.

Military Aspects at Jamestown Settlement

Arms, armor and military accouterments of 17th-century Virginia can be seen year-round inside Jamestown Settlement’s extensive galleries, featuring films and interactive exhibits that tell the story of America’s first permanent English colony and of the Powhatan Indian, English and West Central African cultures in 1600s Virginia. Visitors can immerse themselves in life of early 1600s Virginia in outdoor re-creations of a 1610-14 English fort and a Paspahegh town. Visitors can board the Susan Constant, the largest of  the three re-created ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607, while Godspeed and Discovery are moored at the pier.


A Look Back at a Military Through the Ages Pass-in-Review, 2015