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‘Foods & Feasts’ Holiday Event Serves up Colonial Cooking Methods at Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 3, 2017 — Savor the Thanksgiving holiday by exploring centuries-old cooking and preservation methods during Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 23-25, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day.

At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, discover how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Powhatan Indians and English colonists using clay pots and iron kettles and preserving meats and vegetables by smoking and salt curing.  At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, learn how Revolutionary War soldiers prepared rations and see how Revolution-era farming families transformed the season’s garden produce and crops into stews, pies and breads and preserved food for the winter ahead.

Jamestown Settlement Showcases 17th-Century Cooking

In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can see venison, turkey and other game roast over an open fire, while stews of corn, beans and squash cook in clay pots. A daily program at 2 p.m. will show the importance of corn to the Powhatan Indians and the variety of dishes in which it was used, including corncakes and corn dumplings. Throughout each day, visitors also can learn how Powhatan Indians made stone and bone tools used to obtain and prepare food and, at 10 a.m., take in a program on Powhatan hunting techniques.

Food preparation within the re-created 1610-14 fort will reflect the culinary skills English colonists brought to Virginia.  Historical interpreters will bake bread on all three days and throughout the event will demonstrate open-hearth cooking of pudding, pies and pottage, based on historical recipes of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. At 1 p.m., visitors can see bread baked in a 17th-century cloame oven. At 4 p.m. each day, museum visitors also can experience European military tactics and drills near the fort.

At the ships’ pier, a special program at 3 p.m. allows visitors to haul cargo from a replica of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 to learn how the colony was provisioned. Throughout the day, visitors can explore typical sailors’ fare of salted fish, biscuit and dried foods and try making the most common food – a ship biscuit. A program at noon on celestial navigation will explore how 17th-century sailors steered by the stars.

In partnership with the 2019 Commemoration, elements of the annual event will highlight landmark events in 1619.

“The First Official Thanksgiving,” a documentary film for which scenes were filmed at Jamestown Settlement and of the Godspeed under sail, will be shown in Presentation Hall on the hour from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day.  Produced by The Community Ideas Stations (WCVE), the half-hour program is a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration that chronicles events that led to America’s first official Thanksgiving at Berkeley Hundred in 1619.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Explores Fare of 18th-century Soldiers & Farmers

Visitors to the re-created Continental Army encampment can learn how soldiers turned meager rations of dried beans, salted meat and hard bread into nourishing soups and stews. Daily artillery drills at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will show visitors how soldiers earned their rations. Plundering and theft sometimes occurred when rations were scarce, and a special program at 2 p.m. will illustrate the consequences.

At the re-created Revolution-period farm, visitors can witness the bounty of field and garden transformed into stews, pies and breads. A variety of dishes will be prepared daily until 4 p.m. each day in the farm kitchen using 18th-century open-hearth cooking techniques and recipes and, at 1 p.m. each day, methods of preserving food for the winter ahead. In addition, visitors can learn about 18th-century herbal remedies for indigestion at 4 p.m.

The special event is supported with funding from James City County and the York County Arts Commission.

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Jamestown Settlement Café

Food preparation in the museums’ interpretive areas is for demonstration purposes only. The Jamestown Settlement Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, offered on a first-come, first-served basis, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

Tickets & Packages

A Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown value-priced combination ticket is $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6-12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12 and, to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

A combination ticket – available online only – offers seven days of unlimited admission to both museums at $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6-12 and includes coupon vouchers for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and the Historic Yorktown Rewards Card. Additional multi-attraction holiday ticket and package options are available.

How to Get Here

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free, (757) 253-4838 or visit www.historyisfun.org.



‘American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support’ Exceeds $15 Million Goal

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 17, 2017 – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support, which culminated on July 31, 2017, exceeded its $15 million goal with $16.8 million in gifts and grants. The Campaign for Support, publicly announced in 2015, paralleled the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s master plan to transform the Yorktown Victory Center into the new American Revolution Mu

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‘Family Frights’ Returns to Jamestown Settlement October 20 & 21 for a Fourth Year of Family Halloween Fun

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America’s Decisive Revolutionary War Victory at Yorktown Celebrated October 14 & 15 and on Yorktown Day, October 19

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American Indian Intertribal Powwow at Jamestown Settlement October 7 & 8 to Feature Weekend of Song and Dance, Storytelling

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sets Sail This Fall to Chesterfield, Northumberland Counties

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Jamestown Settlement to Present ‘Pocahontas Imagined’ Public Lecture Series This Fall

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Make the Solar Eclipse a History Event at Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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Outdoor Drama of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ to be Presented at Jamestown Settlement in September

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‘Homeschool Program Days’ Return September 9-24 to Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Welcomes New Deputy Executive Director and Special Assistant for Board Relations

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‘Profiles of Honor’ Traveling Exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown June 23 & 24

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James Lafayette ‘Slave Spy’ Performance on June 10 Opens ‘AfterWARd’ Special Exhibition

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Sailing to Norfolk for 41st Annual Harborfest Event

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to Present More Than a Dozen Public Programs in Conjunction With the ‘AfterWARd’ Special Exhibition

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Historic Trades Fair at Jamestown Settlement June 3 & 4 to Showcase Handcrafted Trades of the Past

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Fifty Young People to be Recognized as U.S. Citizens in April 29 Ceremony at Jamestown Settlement

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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Grand Opening Celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, To Salute 13 Original States, Feature Museum Dedication, Patriotic Ceremonies & Military Music

Artillery salutes and flag-raising ceremonies. Fifes and drums and military dragoons. Brass bands and color guards. Historians, military veterans, re-enactors, entertainers and enthusiasts reveling in the Revolution will come together March 23 to April 4 to present 13 days of festivities showcasing the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Rev

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Jamestown Settlement & New American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Mark Pivotal Moments, Compelling Events & Exhibits in 2017

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‘Military Through the Ages’ Event at Jamestown Settlement March 18-19 Presents Centuries of Military History in One Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 23, 2017 — Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the fifth century B.C. to modern times will come together on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19 for Jamestown Settlement’s 33rd annual “Military Through the Ages” event. This popular chronological display of military history, held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984, will feature military re-en

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Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown History Museums Mark Visitation, Revenue Increases in 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 3, 2017 – Paid visitation in 2016 at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, formerly the Yorktown Victory Center, living-history museums operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, totaled 567,094, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2015. Admissions revenue amounted to $5,584,610 in 2016, up 5.7 percent. 2016 paid attendance was

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