WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 28, 2015 – A $100,000 grant from the James City County Board of Supervisors supports a trade-themed special exhibition and holiday programming at Jamestown Settlement living-history museum during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The grant provides funding for “Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America,” opening June 4, 2016, as well as “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” November 26-28 and “A Colonial Christmas” December 1 through January 3, 2016.
“Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” beginning Thanksgiving Day, demonstrates how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. During “A Colonial Christmas,” holiday traditions of the 17th century are recalled through special interpretive programs and, December 26-31, period musical entertainment.
“Bartering for a Continent,” from June 4 through December 10, 2016, will explore the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 through the American Revolution, illustrating the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America and the connection to commerce in modern-day James City County. The Anglo-Indian trade influenced the expansion of European settlement westward and southward from Jamestown across the interior of the continent and carved out an economic foothold for industry and transportation that still exists today.
“We are grateful for James City County’s continued support,” said Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement. “The county’s investment is critical to providing relevant and unique educational opportunities that strengthen the national appeal of the Historic Triangle as a destination and Jamestown Settlement’s role as an educational resource for local residents.”
Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway, is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An introductory film and expansive permanent gallery exhibits chronicle 1600s Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures, complementing historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan village, the three ships that brought English colonists in 1607, and a colonial fort.
Residents of James City and York counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. 2015 general admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6 through 12. A combination ticket is available with the Yorktown Victory Center, where local residents also receive complimentary admission, and where work is underway on transforming the site into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.