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What does it mean to navigate? What navigational tools were used to guide the ships to Jamestown in 1607? What is dead reckoning? Get the answers to these and more questions as we explore how the English navigated ships across vast oceans in the early 17th century.

Life at Sea: Shooting for the Stars
Life at Sea: Shooting for the Stars

Explore how the English navigated ships across vast oceans in the early 17th century.

Did you know that African Americans played important roles in the American Revolution? During the war, free and enslaved African Americans had difficult choices to make, and served in both the British and Continental armies. Join special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to learn about African Americans in the American Revolution.

Forgotten Soldiers: African Americans in the American Revolution
Forgotten Soldiers: African Americans in the American Revolution

Join special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber to learn about African Americans in the American Revolution.

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.

Forgotten Soldiers: James Lafayette – Enslaved Spy
Forgotten Soldiers: James Lafayette – Enslaved Spy

Join special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber to learn more about the experiences of James Lafayette.

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.

Forgotten Soldiers: What’s Next?
Forgotten Soldiers: What’s Next?

Join special exhibitions curator Kate Gruber to learn what happened to African Americans after the American Revolution.

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.

 

Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Foodways of the Enslaved
Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Foodways of the Enslaved

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.

Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Flax Demonstration
Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Flax Demonstration

Learn how a flax plant becomes spinnable fiber.

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.

Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Spinning Wheel Demonstration
Life on an 18th-Century Farm: Spinning Wheel Demonstration

We take wool to the spinning wheel and learn how it becomes yarn.

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.

 

Long Journey: West Central African Life in Virginia
Long Journey: West Central African Life in Virginia

What was life like for Africans 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.

Long Journey: First Documented Africans in Virginia
Long Journey: First Documented Africans in Virginia

Join curatorial director Luke Pecoraro to learn about the first documented Africans in Virginia.

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!

Long Journey: West Central African Life in 17th-Century Virginia
Long Journey: West Central African Life in 17th-Century Virginia

Explore west central African life with curatorial director Luke Pecoraro as we tour exhibits.

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.

Choosing a Side and Taking a Stand: Officers
Choosing a Side and Taking a Stand: Officers

What differentiated officers from enlisted soldiers? Join us to 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.

Choosing a Side and Taking a Stand: Loyalist Recruits
Choosing a Side and Taking a Stand: Loyalist Recruits

What was life like for Loyalist recruits? Take a closer look at the uniforms, equipment, and weapons used by the British Regiment.