WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2013 — On Saturday, May 11, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 406th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.
A day of discovery and fun, “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 activities, 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.
Entertainment of the 1600s will be presented, as well as artillery demonstrations and military drills. Visitors can enjoy a 17th-century fair with puppet shows, juggling and magic, and traditional music by David Gardner on fiddle and Barry and Lynn Trott on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba. Visitors can play a variety of period games, such as hobby-horse racing and jousting, hoop rolling, ninepins, 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 Anne Burras, 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 and shuttle services are available at both sites.
Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6 through 12, free for children under 6; complimentary admission for residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including the College of William and Mary, with proof of residency. Historic Jamestowne admission is $14.00 for people over age 15, free for people under 16.
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.
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 11 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.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Free Enterprise and Early Industries. Experience the work of craftsmen at the Glasshouse as they demonstrate glassmaking as practiced during the earliest years of Jamestown.
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.: Protecting the Fort. Meet Captain Edward Brewster at the fort site and learn about his arrival in 1610 and the experiences faced by the settlers at Jamestown.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: New Discoveries at the Archaearium. Join the archaeology curatorial staff to learn about new discoveries from the recent field season. View the New Finds exhibit which includes armor and an ivory sundial. In addition, meet Anne Burras who will recount her experiences as one of the first women to arrive at Jamestown.
10 a.m., Noon and 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 12, at 12:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. and 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 war bows.
11 a.m., 1 and 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 12, at 10:30 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.: Archaeologist Walking Tour. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site where you will learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries.
All Day: Explore Museum Galleries. An introductory film and expansive gallery exhibits 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.
9:45 a.m., 12:45 & 4:15 p.m.: “Godspeed to Jamestown.” A documentary from A+E 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.)
10:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Artillery. Drill with a 17th-century falcon crew, then step back and cover your ears as the historical interpreters fire the weapon. (Weather permitting.)
11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by Barry and Lynn Trott. Enjoy popular 17th-century music on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba.
11:45 and 2 p.m.: 17th-Century Music by David Gardner. Enjoy 17th-century sounds on the fiddle.
12:30 and 3:15 p.m.: 17th-Century Fair. Music, juggling and magic culminate in a 1600s-style puppet show.
All Day: “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” Special Exhibition examines the lives of Revolutionary War-era descendants of people associated with 17th-century Jamestown, the first capital of colonial Virginia, and features more than 60 objects to be exhibited at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, to replace the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016.
Historic Jamestowne – Mike Byrd (757) 898-2422 or Jim Bradley (757) 220-7281
Jamestown Settlement – Tracy Perkins (757) 253-4114