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Introduction to our Museums
Introduction to our Museums

Introduction to Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

 

Practice using map terms with the John Smith map (as seen in the video) identification activity and by creating your own neighborhood map, then create your own compass.

MAP IT – Anna’s Adventures

Map It
Map It

Practice using map terms with the John Smith map (as seen in the video) identification activity and by creating your own neighborhood map, then create your own compass.

Board a 17th-century ship with Anna and discover how passengers and crew survived the high seas as they journeyed to Jamestown. Then use the activity sheets to try your hand at being a sailor or passenger!

SHIP SHAPE – Anna’s Adventures 

Ship Shape
Ship Shape

Board a 17th-century ship with Anna and discover how passengers and crew survived the high seas as they journeyed to Jamestown. Then use the activity sheets to try your hand at being a sailor or passe

EAT LIKE A POWHATAN – ANNA’S ADVENTURES 

Eat Like A Powhatan
Eat Like A Powhatan

Compare modern and Powhatan cornbread recipes, then learn more about the Powhatan food practices and seasons by playing the ‘Powhatan Seasons of Food’ matching game.

Find out how 17th-century sailors navigated across vast oceans and learn to use a period navigation tool.  Then make your own navigation instrument to find where you are on the globe.

 Navigation in the Age of Exploration worksheets

Navigation in the Age of Exploration
Navigation in the Age of Exploration

Find out how 17th-century sailors navigated across vast oceans and learn to use a period navigation tool.

Author and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Firstbrook spoke in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater on October 14, 2014, on the exploits and accomplishments of Captain John Smith, the subject of his new book, “A Man Most Driven.”  Smith had an instrumental role in the survival of the early 17th-century English colony at Jamestown and published the first accurate map of the Chesapeake Bay region in 1612.

A Man Most Driven
A Man Most Driven

Peter Firstbrook lecture about the accomplishments of Captain John Smith

A Colonial Christmas
A Colonial Christmas

Visit Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown during the holiday season!

Welcome to our museums
Welcome to our museums

Experience America’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

They came from different worlds to make history in a new one. The Jamestown Chronicles is a series of spoken monologues allowing us to meet some of the men and women who shaped this rich, tumultuous chapter in American history. Step back in time as you watch the films, then explore the special Jamestown Chronicles "https://www.historyisfun.org/chronicles/" section of the website to learn more about the history and culture of the Jamestown settlement. Read more about each historical figure: James I, King of Great Britain Tom Savage, The Interpreter Ann Burras, The Colonist Maid Tomocomo, The Indian Councilor Angela, The African Historical Background: Glossary Timeline of Events Life at Jamestown (PDF) Cultures at Jamestown (PDF) Living with the Indians (PDF)
Jamestown Chronicles
Jamestown Chronicles

Meet some of the men and women who shaped Jamestown's history.

This series of minute-long videos describes the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown in 1607.        
Quadricentennial Minutes
Quadricentennial Minutes

This series of minute-long videos describes the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown in 1607.

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The Passionality Profiles are a series of first-person video interviews with historical interpretive staff at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. These employees describe how their "passion" for Virginia history inspires them at work. Kristin Detwiler, a Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter, explains why she's passionate about early 17th-century Virginia history. Anastasia Triantafillos, a historical interpreter in the Powhatan Indian Village at Jamestown Settlement talks about using clay to engage visitors. Pat Laccadito, a Yorktown Victory Center historical interpreter, explains why she's passionate about planting seeds and helping visitors "grow" their knowledge of 18th-century life on a Virginia farm. Fred Scholpp describes what motivates him after 25 years as a historical interpreter with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. T.J. Savage, a Yorktown Victory Center historical interpreter, explains why he loves his job.
Passionality Profiles
Passionality Profiles

Meet some of the historical interpretors at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition: May 15, 2010 to June 30, 2011 Learn more about Werowocomoco, the former principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region. Artifacts spanning 10,000 years from Werowocomoco – Virginia’s original “capital” city and the principal residence of Powhatan, paramount chief of 30-some Indian tribes in Virginia’s coastal region at the time English colonists arrived in 1607 – were shown for the first time in a museum setting in the Jamestown Settlement special exhibition “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power.” View a three-minute video about Werowocomoco produced in partnership with WCVE Community Idea Stations. To learn more about the  “Werowocomoco: Seat of Power” special exhibition, read the exhibition overview or download the brochure.
Werowocomoco: Seat of Power
Werowocomoco: Seat of Power

Learn about Powhatan's capital city.