WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 3, 2013 – A side-by-side look at the 1600s and 1700s will be offered on “Community Day: Tales of Two Centuries,” Saturday, September 21, at Jamestown Settlement history museum. The event theme is reflected in special presentations, interpretive demonstrations, visitor participatory activities and a current special exhibition, “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution,” which examines the lives of Revolutionary War-era descendants of people associated with 17th-century Jamestown, the first capital of colonial Virginia.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, both operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, tell the story of America’s beginnings through gallery exhibits and outdoor re-created settings – Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and 1610-14 colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and Revolutionary War encampment and 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Most of the objects on exhibit in “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution,” continuing through January 20, 2014, at Jamestown Settlement, are destined for exhibit at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown®, which will replace the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016.
Visitors will receive a “Jamestown’s Legacy” exhibition brochure on arrival at Jamestown Settlement and can tour the exhibition on their own throughout the day or join a guided tour at noon or 2 p.m. Near the exhibition, in the Elmon and Pam Gray Presentation Hall, Barry and Lynn Trott will perform music of the 17th century on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
For children, there will be event-themed make-and-take crafts at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the museum’s education wing.
The mall located outside the museum gallery building will be the setting for games and entertainment of the 17th and 18th centuries. From 9:30 to 4 p.m., visitors can engage in hoop-rolling, quoits and bowling and “ride” hobby-horses, and from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., join in 18th-century cricket games conducted by American cricket player and historian Tom Melville.
At 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Itinerant Band will perform tunes and songs from the Irish, Scottish, English and French traditions that would have been heard in 17th- and 18th-century America. An 18th-century “fair” with conjuring, puppets and the juggling exploits of “Rafael the Magnificent” will be presented at 12:30 and 3:15 p.m.
A variety of interpretive demonstrations will be presented on the mall: 18th-century tailoring and field fortifications; medical treatments of two centuries; and the art of spinning fiber into yarn. Examples of 17th- and 18th-century artillery pieces will be fired at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Visitor-participatory demonstrations of Powhatan warfare and leadership are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Powhatan Indian village; cargo handling at noon and sail handling at 2:45 p.m. at the ships; and clothing care at 11 a.m. and a military drill at 2 p.m. in the fort. Visitors will encounter fiddler David Gardner at the ships at 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and in the fort at 12:15 p.m.
Jamestown Settlement is located at 2110 Jamestown Road next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia), and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Jamestown Settlement admission of $16.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 6-12, includes special events and exhibitions, and parking is free. A combination ticket with the Yorktown Victory Center is $20.50 for adults, $10.25 for children ages 6 through 12. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net.