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At Jamestown Settlement, explore the world of America’s first permanent English colonists and the Powhatan Indians of coastal Virginia. Witness a dramatic documentary film and tour exhibition galleries featuring rare 1600s artifacts. Board a replica of one of the three ships – Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery — that reached Virginia in 1607, and try your hand at setting a sail or lowering cargo into the hold. Try on armor or play a game of quoits in the palisaded colonial fort. In a re-created Powhatan Indian village, take part in activities Pocahontas would have helped with as a child – grinding corn, gardening, cordage-making.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today. Galleries feature period artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits and films, including “The Siege of Yorktown,” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects. Visitors witness artillery demonstrations and drill with wooden muskets at a re-created Continental Army encampment and explore – and help work – a Revolution-era farm based on a real-life 18th-century family.
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.
“Liberty Fever” – which won an American Alliance of Museums Gold MUSE Award in 2017 – features stationary silhouettes and moving shadow puppets scrolling by on a large “crankie” that are interwoven with live-action film segments featuring the stories of five people who lived during the American Revolution. Hear personal accounts from George Hewes, a witness to the Boston Massacre in 1770; Billy Flora, a hero of the Battle of Great Bridge in Virginia in 1775; Isabella Ferguson, an Irish immigrant to South Carolina who supported the Patriot cause; John Howland, a Continental Army soldier at the Battle of Princeton; and Peter Harris, a Catawba Indian from South Carolina who fought on the American side. The film is intended to evoke emotional connections with the story and characters so that modern-day viewers reflect on what the American Revolution means to their lives today.
For more information contact:
Joan Heikens or Tina Theodor, Marketing Department, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187, 757-253-4838 (phone), 757-253-5299 (fax), email@example.com