A re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, the Godspeed is based at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. While the Godspeed is away, museum visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 ships.
During Onancock’s “Ride the Tide” festival weekend October 19 and 20 (www.shorehistory.org/ridethetide), the Godspeed will be open for free public tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The ship will host prescheduled education programs for Accomack County students on October 21 in Onancock and for Northampton County students on October 25 in Cape Charles. Free public tours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 26 and 27 in Cape Charles.
The Eastern Shore visit is the final outreach voyage of the year for the Godspeed. The ship went to Mathews County in April, Norfolk in June, and Henricus Historical Park in September. The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations.
Jamestown Settlement is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), just southwest of Williamsburg. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 or visit hif.ciniva.net.