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TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia

Special Exhibition Opening November 10, 2018
Jamestown Settlement

TENACITY special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” a special yearlong exhibition and 2019 Legacy Project opening November 10 at Jamestown Settlement, will explore captivating personal stories of the women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society.

Jamestown Settlement fort interpreter sewing a shirt Through interactive experiences and artifact displays, the special exhibition will examine the struggles women faced in the New World and their contributions, from the arrival of the first women in Virginia in 1608 and the Powhatan women they encountered to the arrival of the first documented African woman and influx of English women in 1619.

From women’s roles to women’s rights, the exhibition will connect issues of the 17th century and their relevance today.

“TENACITY” Programs

A series of special programs, from public lectures to performances, will complement the special exhibition through January 5, 2020.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement explores the world of America’s first permanent English colony and the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in the 17th century. Through comprehensive and immersive indoor exhibits and outdoor living-history experiences, discover life in the Jamestown colony and its first century as Virginia’s capital.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Parking is free.


2018 admission is $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12.  Admission for residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg.

American Evolution logo The special exhibition is made possible in part by James City County, with additional support from 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTIONTM, with additional support from the Robins Foundation and Dominion Energy.