WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 22, 2014 — On Saturday, May 10, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 407th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.
“Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family-friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites.
“Jamestown Day” is jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia), and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
A highlight of “Jamestown Day” events at Jamestown Settlement is the mid-morning departure of the Discovery, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607, to set sail in the James River. Programs will allow visitors to learn about the early relationship between Powhatan Indians and English colonists and take part in comparative demonstrations on weaponry and methods of warfare. From tying knots to making rope, visitors can join in hands-on activities while learning about the life of a sailor.
Entertainment of the 1600s will be presented, as well as artillery demonstrations and military drills. Visitors can enjoy storytelling, a 17th-century fair with puppet shows, juggling and magic, and traditional music by David Gardner on fiddle and The Itinerant Band, performing a sampling of 17th-century music from the British Isles. Visitors can engage in a variety of diversions, such as hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, and quoits.
“Jamestown Day” at Historic Jamestowne will feature tours, demonstrations and ongoing archaeological excavations of the 1607 James Fort, allowing guests to share in the moments of discovery while interacting with archaeologists on site. Guests can meet English colonists Captain Edward Brewster and Pocahontas’s “brothers” Aquinton and Keyghaughton, and see displays of American Indian and English archery.
The St. Maries Citty Militia will be on hand to demonstrate 17th-century military tactics. A variety of ranger tours and programs highlighting the history of first settlement will be available throughout the day, including costumed glassblowers showing one of America’s first industries at the Glasshouse.
Separate Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
There is separate admission to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking is available at both sites.
Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 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. A four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center is available for purchase at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.
For more information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org or www.nps.gov/colo. For more information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit hif.ciniva.net.
MAY 10 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All Day: Explore America’s Birthplace. Discover the story of Jamestown by touring the Visitor Center exhibition gallery and the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum, Memorial Church and archaeological site of the 1607 James Fort, and the waysides of New Towne.
All Day: Free Enterprise and Early Industries. Experience the work of craftsmen at the Glasshouse and James Fort site as they demonstrate glassmaking and iron smelting industries as practiced during Jamestown’s early years.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: “The Buried Truth.” Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations and the latest discoveries.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake. Learn about the material culture and life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: The Peace of the Colony. Join Captain Edward Brewster and two of Pocahontas’s “brothers,” Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan, at James Fort.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: New Happenings at the Archaearium. Join the curatorial staff and view Indian artifacts from the archaeological collection and learn about the upcoming World of Pocahontas exhibit opening on June 6, 2014.
10 a.m. and 12 & 2 p.m.: Ranger Walking Tour. Take a guided Park Ranger tour to gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown. Tours continue on Sunday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.: Archery Demonstrations. See American Indian and English archery demonstrations and learn about the different technologies used in Indian bows and English warbows.
11a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.: St. Maries Citty Militia. Watch this 17th-century re-enactment group as they demonstrate the weapons and battlefield tactics used in protecting themselves in case of attack. Demonstrations continue on Sunday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. and 12 and 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.: Archaeologist Walking Tour. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries. Tours continue on Sunday, May 11, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
All Day: Explore Museum Galleries. An introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits, featuring more than 500 artifacts, tell the Jamestown story in the context of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that converged in the 1600s.
All Day: 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 canoe-making, navigation and matchlock musket-firing.
All Day: Period Games. Join in fun and games of the 17th century, including hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, whirligigs, stool ball, bowling, ninepins, and quoits.
All Day: A Sailor’s Life. Visitors can experience many aspects of a sailor’s job, including rope making, knot tying, cooking and more.
9:45 a.m., 12:45 & 4:15 p.m.: “Godspeed to Jamestown.” A documentary from A&E Television Networks’ History® chronicles the construction of Jamestown Settlement’s replica Godspeed from 2004 to 2006.
10 a.m.: Discovery Sets Sail. A cannon salute signals the departure of Discovery, one of Jamestown Settlement’s replica ships, from the ships’ pier to demonstrate sailing maneuvers in the James River through mid-afternoon. (Weather permitting.)
10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.: “Old War in a New World.” Learn about the early relationship between Powhatan Indians and English colonists and take part in comparative demonstrations on weaponry and methods of warfare. (Weather permitting.)
12 and 2 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by The Itinerant Band. Composed of musicians from the Tidewater Region of southeastern Virginia, The Itinerant Band performs a sampling of 17th-century music from the British Isles.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by David Gardner. A nationally prominent Scottish fiddle performer, David Gardner will perform popular sounds of the 1600s.
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.: Storytelling. Hear traditional stories of the Powhatan, English and Angolan cultures.
12:30 and 3:15 p.m.: 17th-Century Fair. Music, juggling and magic culminate in a 1600s-style puppet show.