African Americans played many different roles during the American Revolution. Some even acted as spies! Join special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber to learn more about the experiences of James Lafayette, an enslaved Virginian who worked as a spy for the Marquis de Lafayette on the eve of the Siege of Yorktown.
What happened to enslaved and free African Americans after the American Revolution? Well, it depends! During this segment, special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber will explore stories of African Americans who left the United States with the British, and those who stayed in the newly-formed nation.
What did an enslaved family eat? Learn about the foods they would have grown and prepared for their own families. We will visit a garden and learn about the origins of some of an enslaved family’s food and how it was grown and prepared.
Learn how a flax plant becomes spinnable fiber. We will discover what a flax break, scutching board, and hackle are and how they are important in the process of turning a plant into fabric.
Flax was not the only fiber used to make fabric for clothes, blankets, and other items. Learn how to card wool. Then, we’ll take that wool to the spinning wheel where we will learn how it becomes yarn and talk about who did this important work on the farm.
What was life like for Africans living in early Virginia? What were their jobs, who did they live with, where did they live, how did their legal status change over time and what activities did they do? Curatorial director Luke Pecoraro will present a group of artifacts that tell the story of one African woman living in early Virginia.
Join curatorial director Luke Pecoraro to learn about the first documented Africans in Virginia. Discover how the first Africans got to Virginia – who brought them, how far they traveled, how they got here, what happened to them en route and what their status was once they arrived.
Explore west central African life with curatorial director Luke Pecoraro as we “tour” exhibits at Jamestown Settlement. Find out where the first documented Africans in Virginia were from and what their life was like before they came to Virginia. Look at important artifacts that help tell the story!
How would a soldier become an officer in the army during the American Revolution? What differentiated the officers from the enlisted soldiers? Join us to take a deeper look at the various ranks, duties, equipment and uniforms of army officers.
What was life like for Loyalist recruits? Take a closer look at the uniforms, equipment, and weapons used by the British Regiment. This program will conclude with a pistol firing demonstration.
What was life like for patriot recruits? Join us to discover the challenges and hardships soldiers in the Continental Army faced in their daily lives. Take a closer look at the uniforms, equipment, and weapons used by the Continental Army.
Join us for a hunting demonstration, Powhatan Indian style, complete with a bow and arrow. Discover the different tools used by the Powhatan Indians for hunting, the types of animals they hunted, and the methods they used to catch their prey.