• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

2014 Special Events

St Maries Citty Militia 2010

St. Maries Citty Militia marching to the drill field

NPS

The following are special events scheduled for 2014 at Historic Jamestowne. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors please call the telephone number associated with each event.


2014 UPCOMING EVENTS:

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200.

 
Living History interpreter portraying Captain  Samuel Argall

Living History interpreter portraying Captian Samuel Argall

Preservation Virginia

January 25: "The ever worthy gentleman, Captain Argall" - Hear Captain Samuel Argall relate the current state of affairs of the colony. Argall has lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. Learn about his intent to ransom her back to her father, Chief Powhatan. Program times noon and 2 pm. Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. Call (757) 229-0412 for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 
Living History interpreter portraying Ralph Hamor, Secretary of the Virginia Colony in 1614.

Living History interpreter portraying Ralph Hamor, secretary of the Virginia Colony in 1614.

Preservation Virginia

February 8, Noon and 2pm: "...a true discourse of Virginia" - Meet Ralph Hamor, secretary of the Virginia colony in 1614, as he offers his observations on the current condition of the settlement. Learn about his actions to rebuild the colony following the "starving time" winter and about Pocahontas's capture and Christian conversion. Part of "The World of Pocahontas" series programing. Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. Call Jennifer Goff at (757) 229-4997, ext. 100 for additional information. Entrance Fee.

February 15-17: Presidents' Day Weekend - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, Va &757) 856-1200.

 

March 15: "A firme peace forever" (12:00 & 2:00 pm): - Join Edward Brewster, the captain of the guard at James Fort, as he meets with two of Pocahontas' "brothers" Aquinton and Keghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan, to discuss the pending marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Pocahontas has recently returned from a visit to Powhatan's village where the English took her to show her father that "his daughter was very well and kindly treated. Two of her brothers were "much rejoiced" and have promised to persuade their father to "conclude a firm peace forever." Perhaps these representatives can agree to terms of peace during the wedding.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia as part of the World of Pocahontas series programing. Call (757) 229-4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 

March 29: "A gentleman of approved behavior" (12:00 & 2:00 pm) - Visit the Fort site and join Martha Sizemore, housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, as she shares the recent occurrences in her master's household. It has been a year since Captain Samuel Argall lured Pocahontas onto his boat and brought her to Jamestown, As a ward of the colony, Reverend Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas's spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. Martha has watched as Pocahontas has slowly grown more accepting of English ways, wearing English clothes, and even taking the English name "Rebecca". Now "Rebecca" is to marry the widower John Rolfe! Martha will share many of the conversations she has overheard.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia as part of the World of Pocahontas series programing. Call (757) 229-4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance fee.

 

April 3: World of Pocahontas

12:00 & 2:00 pm - "Pocahontas, John Rolfe and a Pretty Chapel: A Wedding of Jamestown
- Join Bill Warder, NPS Interpretive Park Ranger, in the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, as he discusses the historical evidence for the April 5, 1614 wedding at Jamestown. The rediscovery of the 1610 church site by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists in 2010, along with the primary source documentation, provides convincing evidence for the James Fort wedding. Call (757) 4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

1:00 & 3:00 pm: "a thing acceptable to Powhatan" - It is April 3, 1614 as you join Edward Brewster, captain of the guard, at James Fort as he meets with two of Pocahontas's "brothers," Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan, to discuss the pending marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Pocahontas has recently returned from a visit to Powhatan's village where the English took her to show her father that "his daughter was very well and kindly treated." Two of her brothers were "much rejoiced" and have promised to persuade their father to "conclude a firm peace forever." Perhaps these representatives can agree to terms of peace during the wedding. This program will be conducted on the Fort Site.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. For additional information call (757) 229-4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org. Entrance Fee.

 

April 4: World of Pocahontas

12:00 & 2:00 - "Love and Marriage in the Time of Pocahontas" - Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery project, will examine early 17th-century wedding customs practiced by the English and by the Virginia Indians during this presentation at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Artifacts reflective of the "labyrinth of love" from James Fort and other 17th-century Virginia sites will also be discussed.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. For more information call (757) 229-4997 ext 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org. Entrance Fee.

1:00 & 3:00 pm: "to give her in the church" - Join Reverend Alexander Whitaker as he discusses tomorrow's wedding of John Rolfe to Pocahontas with two of Pocahontas' "brothers" Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan. Whitaker arrived in Virginia in 1611 and was in the colony last year when Captain Samuel Argall captured Pocahontas and brought her to Jamestown. Whitaker has since taken an interest in her spirituality and well-being, and has made efforts to spread Christianity to the Native population. His hope is that the conversion and marriage of Pocahontas will bring peace and good fortune to Jamestown.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. For more information call (757) 229-4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org. Entrance Fee.

 

April 5: World of Pocahontas

10:30 am, 1:00 & 3:30 pm: The Marriage of Pocahontas - Be an eyewitness to the marriage of Pocahontas and the Englishman John Rolfe at the original church site where the 1614 wedding took place in James Fort. In 2010, archaeologists uncovered the location of the 1608 church where the marriage took place. Visitors can also participate in a series of eyewitness living history programs, talks, and tours throughout the day. These programs explore the politics, culture, beliefs, and material world of the region's indigenous peoples and English newcomers.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. For additional information call (757) 229-4997 ext 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org. Entrance Fee.

 

April 6: World of Pocahontas

12:00 & 2:00 pm: "Pocahontas, John Rolfe and a Pretty Chapel: A Wedding at Jamestown - Join Bill Warder, NPS Interpretive Park Ranger, in the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, as he discusses the historical evidence for the April 5, 1614 wedding at Jamestown. The rediscovery of the 1610 church site by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists in 2010, along with the primary source documentation, provides convincing evidence for the James Fort wedding. Call (757) 4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

1:00 & 3:00 pm: "done about the fifth of April" - Join Martha Sizemore housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, at the Jamestown Memorial Church as she shares her thoughts on the recent marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. It has been a year since Captain Samuel Argall lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. As a ward of the colony, Reverend Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas's spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. Martha watched as Pocahontas slowly grew more accepting of English ways, wearing English clothes, taking the English name "Rebecca" and then marrying the widower John Rolfe. Martha will share many of the conversations she has overheard.

Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. For more information call (757) 229-4997 ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org. Entrance Fee.

 

April 17: World of Pocahontas

10:30 am, 1:00 & 3:00 pm: "our established friendship with the Naturals" - The April 5th marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe established a peace between the Native peoples of Virginia and the colonists. Meet Captain Argall at the Jamestown Memorial Church as he relates his role in the events that brought about this peace. Argall is an experienced sea Captain who in 1613 lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. Argall had hoped to ransom Pocahontas but the negotiations failed, and Pocahontas adopted many of the ways of the English, falling in love with John Rolfe and marrying him. Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. Call (757) 229-4997, ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 

April 18: World of Pocahontas

10:30 am, 1:00 & 3:00 pm: "done about the fifth of April" - Join Martha Sizemore, housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, at the Jamestown Memorial Church as she shares her thoughts on the recent marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. It has been a year since Captain Samuel Argall lured Pocahontas onto this boat and brought her to Jamestown. As a ward of the colony, Reverend Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas's spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. Martha watched as Pocahontas slowly grew more accepting of English ways, wearing English cloths, taking the English name "Rebecca" and then marrying the widower John Rolfe. Martha will share many of the conversations she has overheard. Sponsored by Preservation Virginia, Call (757) 4997 ext. 100, or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 
National Junior Ranger Patch

National Junior Ranger Patch

NPS

April 19: National Junior Ranger Day - Free admission Special activities for children will enable them to earn a "National" Junior Ranger Patch. Activities have been designed and are presented by high school students from Jamestown High School. Activities include a guided bike of the loop drive; living history tours; a "dig box," where children can explore archaeology "hand-on," and arts and crafts activities. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service, Preservation Virginia, and Jamestown High School.

April 19-20: First Weekend of National Park Week - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, Va (757) 856-1200.

 

April 20: Easter Morning Sunrise Service, 7:00 am - Let all the People gather at the foot of the Cross on Historic Jamestown Island. Sunrise service led by Local Clergy. MUSIC! SCRIPTURE! PRAYER!

Plan on a 5-10 minute walk from the parking area. Dress comfortable and bring a lawn chair. Sponsored by Williamsburg Clergy, in cooperation with the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. For more information cal (757) 984-6707

 

April 26: The World of Pocahontas

Noon and 2pm: "...a true discourse of Virginia" - Meet Ralph Hamor, secretary of the Virginia colony in 1614, at the Jamestown Memorial Church, as he offers his observations on the current condition of the settlement. Humor will relate events such as his terrifying sail across the Atlantic in 1609, actions to rebuild the colony following the "starving time," and the capture of Pocahontas and her conversion to Christianity, her baptism and marriage to colonist John Rolfe. Humor will offer an inside look into the leadership struggles at Jamestown and recent English attempts to stabilize their fragile foothold in
America. Sponsored by Preservation Virginia. Call (757) 229-4997, ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 
May 10: Jamestown Day - Special programs and tours commemorate the landing of the first settlers at Jamestown in 1607. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. Entrance fee.

For a flyer of the events scheduled at Historic Jamestown and the Jamestown Settlement use this link.
 

July 26: First Assembly Day Commemoration - 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. in the Historic Jamestowne Memorial Church: Visitors are invited to join an interactive presentation on the site of the original church where the 1619 General Assembly met. Led by living history interpreters, visitors will be able to take roles and participate in several short "scenes," representative of the events that occurred during the historic first meeting of the assembly. This program is sponsored by Preservation Virginia. Call (757) 220-4997, ext. 100 or visit http://www.historicjamestowne.org for additional information. Entrance Fee.

 
First Assembly Living History Characters

Living History Characters - From Left to Right: John Rolfe, female resident of Jamestown and John Pory.

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July 30: First Assembly Day Commemoration - 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3;00 p.m. inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center Theater: A special program featuring Living History interpreters portraying John Pory, speaker of the first General Assembly; John Rolfe, a member of Governor Yeardley's Council and one of the counselors at the first assembly; and a female resident of the colony will reflect on the significance of the first Assembly in 1619 and its impact on the residents of the Virginia Colony. Each program last approximately 45 minutes. Sponsored by Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, Va (757) 856-1200. Entrance Fee.

From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, a staff member from the Virginia House of Delegates will be distributing free children's materials on Virginia government.

August 25: National Park Service Birthday - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200.

 
William Balderson portraying Thomas Matthew, an eyewitness to Bacon's Rebellion and the burning of Jamestown

William Balderson portraying Thomas Matthew, an eyewitness to Bacon's Rebellion

By permission
Image by Chuck Dufor

September 27: National Public Lands Day - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200.

2014 Annual Tour of the Historic Green Spring Site 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, features walking tours of the site, family activities, including children's games, dancers, exhibits and refreshments. The Annual Tour is the only time the site is open to the public. Additionally, the National Park Service has issued its new Green Spring National Park Passport Stamp, which is only available on site during the Annual Tour.

 

October 11-12: Commemoration of Virginia Archaeology & Glassmaking - Hands-on activities give children an opportunity to participate in the process of archaeology in a simulated dig box. Watch archaeologist at work. Special exhibits, tours, and programs let visitors of all ages explore archaeology at James Fort. Special programs and glassmaking demonstrations will highlight the importance of this industry and its impact on Jamestown. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, Va (757) 856-1200. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service, Preservation Virginia and Eastern National. Entrance Fee.

October 19: Commemoration of Lord CornWallis' Surrender at Yorktown - Free admission at Historic Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield commemorating the defeat of British forces in 1781.

November 11: Veterans Day - Fee admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757) 856-1200.

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