February 1-28: “From Africa to Virginia” Theme Month – Gallery exhibits and a special gallery brochure highlight the culture of the first known Africans in Virginia, from the kingdom of Ndongo in Angola, and the experience of Africans in 17th-century Virginia. Tours of the museum’s outdoor living-history areas will compare boatbuilding, fishing and metalworking skills of Africans in Angola with technology used in 17th-century Virginia. Jamestown Settlement
February 8, 15, 22: “From Africa to Virginia” Lecture Series – February 8: “From Sunup to Sundown: The Experiences of Africans and African Americans in Colonial Virginia,” Robert C. Watson, Hampton University Assistant Professor of History. February 15: “Virginia’s Slave Trade: Who, When, Where, and How Many?” Lorena S. Walsh, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation historian and author. February 22: “Blacks’ Response to the Revolutionary Impulse in Norfolk and Vicinity, 1775-1781,” Tommy L. Bogger, Norfolk State University Director of Harrison B. Wilson Archives. Lectures begin at 2 p.m.; reservations recommended at (757) 253-4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jamestown Settlement
March 1-October 15: “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” Special Exhibition – Bermuda, settled in 1609 as the result of a shipwreck that inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is the focus of a 400th-anniversary exhibition that also explores governmental, religious and trade connections between England’s second permanent colony in the New World and its first – Jamestown, Virginia, founded in 1607. The exhibition illuminates Bermuda’s unique character: strategic location and historic stone forts; importance of sports and recreation; and land and seascapes immortalized by internationally renowned artists, leading to Bermuda’s rise in the 20th century as a premier travel destination. Companion lecture series on April 25, June 13, July 11 and August 8. Free public lectures begin at 7 p.m.; reservations required at (757) 253-4415 or email@example.com. Jamestown Settlement
April 25: “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” Lecture Series – “The Lion and the Mouse … the Story of America and Bermuda” by Lucinda Spurling, Bermuda filmmaker. Free public lecture begins at 7 p.m.; reservations required at (757) 253-4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jamestown Settlement
March 21-22: Military Through the Ages – Re-enactment groups depicting soldiers and military encounters throughout history join forces with modern-day veterans and active units to demonstrate camp life, tactics and weaponry. Jamestown Settlement
May 16: Jamestown Day – Maritime demonstrations, military drills, archaeology, and programs on English and Powhatan Indian contact and exploration and discovery mark the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony. A jointly sponsored event at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne (separate site admission)
June 1-30: “Tools of the Trade” Theme Month – Implements used for farming, fishing, hunting, defense, navigation and building by people of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are examined through interpretive programs and hands-on activities. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
June 13: “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” Lecture Series – “The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America” by Lorri Glover, author and University of Tennessee Professor of History. Free public lecture begins at 7 p.m.; reservations required at (757) 253-4415 or email@example.com. Jamestown Settlement
July 4-5: Liberty Celebration – Tactical drills, military exercises and role-playing demonstrations salute America during the Fourth of July holiday. Visitors can learn about the sacrifices of our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Yorktown Victory Center
July 11: “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” Lecture Series – “Sister Colonies: Virginia, Bermuda, and the Beginnings of English America” by Michael Jarvis, University of Rochester Associate Professor of History. Free public lecture begins at 7 p.m.; reservations required at (757) 253-4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jamestown Settlement
August 1-31: “Pastimes of Colonial Virginia” Theme Month – Games, storytelling and other diversions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are shown through hands-on activities and interpretive programs. Visitors can play corncob darts, ninepins, quoits, mancala and nine-men’s morris. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
August 8: “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” Lecture Series – “Somewhere Beyond the Sea: Art, Artists, and Bermuda” by Tom Butterfield, Founding and Creative Director of The Masterworks Foundation. Free public lecture begins at 7 p.m.; reservations required at (757) 253-4415 or email@example.com. Jamestown Settlement
September 12: Children’s Day – A festive day of children’s 17th-century games, juggling, stilt walking, magic, puppet shows, storytelling and hands-on crafts. Jamestown Settlement
October 17-18: Yorktown Victory Celebration – Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 228th anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, on October 19, 1781. To experience Continental Army life firsthand, visitors can enroll in “A School for the Soldier” to drill with wooden muskets and apply tactical skills in mock combat, as well as learn about soldiers’ provisions and sleeping quarters. Special programs also are held in Yorktown and at Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service. Yorktown Victory Center
November 26-28: Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia – Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
December 1-January 3, 2010: A Colonial Christmas – Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs. At Jamestown Settlement, a film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s Virginia farm. Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Admission: In 2009, a combination ticket to both museums is $19.25 for adults and $9.25 for youth ages 6- 12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $14.00 for adults and $6.50 for youth ages 6-12 Admission to the Yorktown Victory Center is $9.25 for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 6-12. An annual pass to both museums is $35.00 for adults and $17.50 for youth. Special programs included in admission.
Operating Hours: Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round (until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15). Both museums are closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.
Location: Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg, and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. The museums are separated by a 30-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway.
General Information: Call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Association of Museums.