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Stories of a New World

A Limited-Time Showing of Films from Jamestown Settlement

Available to view for a limited-time only, discover the stories of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, and the convergence of the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures told at Jamestown Settlement. Innovative films play an important role in telling the stories of America’s beginnings, starting with the introductory film “1607: A Nation Takes Root.”

In addition to “1607: A Nation Takes Root, ” experience three short films, which are incorporated in permanent exhibition gallery settings, complementing period artifacts and interactive exhibits that connect people of today to real events of early Virginia and the Jamestown colony. All of the films, except for “Bacon’s Rebellion,” had their public premiere in October 2006, in conjunction with the debut of new exhibition galleries for Jamestown Settlement. The experiential film, “Bacon’s Rebellion,” premiered in September 2019 as part of a large-scale gallery refresh.


1607: A Nation Takes Root

Jamestown Settlement’s dramatic documentary film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” sets the stage for stories in immersive exhibition galleries. The film traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown Colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded Africans in 1619. The film was produced by Ernest Skinner in partnership with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation with funding by Dominion Resources.


Bacon’s Rebellion

Discover the cause and effect of Bacon’s Rebellion, a 1676 armed rebellion of Virginia colonists led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. The 13-minute film extends the Jamestown story into the latter 17th century and shares the stories of Sarah Grendon, Emmanuel Cambo and Cockacoeske, which continue in short video projections on re-created houses in Jamestown Settlement’s immersive exhibit galleries. When shown inside the museum’s Rebellion Theater, the film features special effects, including smoke, wind, theatrical lighting and faux fire, shown during the burning of Jamestown. Produced by Cortina Productions in partnership with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.


The Crossing

A short film, “The Crossing,” describes the 1607 voyage from England to Virginia. The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, carrying 105 passengers, one of whom died during the voyage, departed from England in December 1606 and reached the Virginia coast in late April 1607. The expedition was led by Captain Christopher Newport. On May 13, after two weeks of exploration, the ships arrived at a site on the James River selected for its deep water anchorage and good defensive position. The passengers came ashore the next day, and work began on the settlement.


Virginia Charters

A Jamestown Settlement gallery presentation about the evolution and impact of government in 17th-century Virginia, including the Virginia Charters. Initially, the colony was governed by a council of seven, with one member serving as president.