Dig Deeper: Kindling a Spark

In the re-created Powhatan village and James Fort, students compare cultures as they discover the sometimes surprising ways the Powhatan Indians and English settlers used fire in early colonial Virginia.  Students apply physics principles to test fire starting using English flint and steel and a bow drill used by some American Indian groups. Students work to produce a spark and then compare the two methods.  For grades 4 and up. Perfect for corporate team building!

Program complies with VA Social Studies and Science Standards of Learning. 

“Even with pouring rain students were able to obtain rich learning experiences.  Thank you!” – 4th Grade Teacher, Rockingham County Public School.

Program length: 2.5 hours; Rate: B


To book a tour or program, contact reservations:

(757) 253-4939 • (888) 868-7593 • fax (757) 253-4997 • group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov

Groups of 15 or more require advance reservations.

Guided tour reservations required at least three business days in advance and are subject to availability. We recommend making tour reservations at least two months in advance for fall and winter trips, and up to four months in advance for trips in the spring.

Reservations are also requested for self-guided groups.

Consult Group Admission Rates,  Field Trip Planning Made Easy and the Teacher Checklist to prepare for your visit.