For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors please call the telephone number associated with each event. The following are special events scheduled for 2018 for all of Colonial National Historical Park including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.
Jan 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.
April 1 2018 : 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 call (757) 258-1132. Service may be cancelled due to rain.
April 14th & 15th - Civil War Weekend Yorktown Battlefield). Tactical demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. On Sunday special Memorial ceremonies will take place at the Yorktown National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.
April 21 National Park Service Junior Ranger Day (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield) Special activities for children will enable them to earn a "National" Junior Ranger Badge. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410; Free Entrance.
* Living History Characters will be roving the historic site throughout the day answering visitors questions about life at Jamestown during the seventeenth-century. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Children's Games and dancing, [outside on historic site] ongoing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Mock Archaeology Dig Box, [outside on historic site] ongoing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
*Hands-on Craft Demonstrations for children inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center will be ongoing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* 45-minute guided walking tours of the historic site allowing visitors to meet various living history characters imparting their personal stories about daily life at Jamestown during the 17 th- century:
* 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. [Total walking distance about 300 yards]
* Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by Mr. Bill Rose at 1:30 p.m. After the program he will be informally interacting with children, parents, and other visitors.
May 5th - Civil War at Jamestown (Dave Riggs, 11 am and 1:30 pm, powerpoint and tour).The Civil War will be the focus of a special tour at Historic Jamestowne. The walking tour will take visitors through the colonial town site and present insight into the importance of Jamestowne Island during the Civil War by noted authority David Riggs. This interpretive program marking the 157th anniversary of the Civil War begins at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. inside Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. David F. Riggs is retired from the National Park Service. He served for 38 years, which included 14 years at Jamestown. His publications include the book Embattled Shrine: Jamestown in the Civil War.
May 5 - The Colonial Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles between Williamsburg and Jamestown on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 21st annual Pedal the Parkway event. Pedal the Parkway is family friendly plus a perfect recreational activity for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Pedal the Parkway is free, open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. Come join in the fun! This year’s event will again feature helmet giveaways for youngsters at the Jamestown end. Total length of this section of the parkway is about 8 miles but folks can turn around anytime for a shorter distance. Persons seeking longer distances may ride multiple laps. Runners and walkers are also welcome. The rest stop at Archer’s Hope will offer refreshments. Limited parking is available at Jamestown Settlement and Newport Avenue parking lots in Williamsburg. Pedal the Parkway is one of the many events held during Bike Month in the greater Williamsburg area. For more information, log onto to http://www.pedaltheparkway.
May 12th - Jamestown Day.(Historic Jamestowne). Special programs and tours commemorate the landing of the first settlers at Jamestown in 1607. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. Schedule subject to change.
July 1st -Music and Songs of Two Wars (Carson Hudson). Yorktown Battlefield.
July 4th -10:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. Jeffrey Finegan Book Signing Event. Famous author will be at the Yorktown Battlefield Eastern National Museum Store .
July 25- First Assembly Commemoration. Join Governor Sir George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory for the first meeting of the General Assembly to discuss and debate the laws affecting the colony.This interactive program will take place a short distance from the Memorial Church at 12:30 pm and 3:00pm, which was constructed in the early 20th century to protect and memorialize the location of the original church where the first Assembly was convened 399 years ago.
July 28- First Assembly Commemoration. Join Governor Sir George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory for the first meeting of the General Assembly to discuss and debate the laws affecting the colony.This interactive program will take place a short distance from the Memorial Church at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 3:00pm, which was constructed in the early 20th century to protect and memorialize the location of the original church where the first Assembly was convened 399 years ago.
July 29- Historic Jamestowne Commemorates "First Assembly Day". Living history interpreters will reflect on the significance of the first Assembly in 1619 and its impact on the residents of the Virginia Colonyat 10:00 a.m.,12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center Theater. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee.
August 25th NPS Founder's Day. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757)856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.
September 15th -Bacon's Rebellion. CANCELED. An evening walking tour will relate the details of Bacon’s Rebellion as they occurred at Jamestown, including a symbolic burning of the town site. Living history programs during the weekend will highlight the actions of key events of the rebellion. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.
September 22 – National Public Lands Day (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.
Sept. 29th & 30th - “Before the Seige”- The British Army in Yorktown." Experience the village of Yorktown as it might have appeared in 1781, under the occupation of His Majesty's forces. Watch British soldiers drill, and execute their daily duties. See local town folk of the day going about their business under the watchful eye of the administration of Lord Cornwallis. Demonstrations, martial and domestic will delight visitors, offering a glimpse into a period in our history long past.
October 13th- Historic Jamestowne Celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month. Explore archaeology and Jamestown’s history through a variety of tours, activities, and encounters. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200. Entrance Fee.
October 19th - Yorktown Day (Yorktown Battlefield). Ceremonies, a parade and special programs commemorate the 237th anniversary of America's climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, no entrance fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the Yorktown Day Association.
October 27-Witchcraft in Early Virginia. (Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, 3:30pm - 4:30pm. ) Join historian Carson Hudson as he explores the often-misunderstood subject of witchcraft persecution in early Virginia. The witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has tended to overshadow the historical record of witchcraft persecution in other colonies. Colonial Virginians shared common beliefs of the existence of witches with the other English Colonies and throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries there were several witchcraft inquiries. Hudson will discuss the beliefs and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in early colonial Virginia, separating historical fact from historical fiction. Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.
October 27-Tales of Hallows Eve. Hear actual eyewitness accounts of conjurations and witchcraft from 17th-century Virginia, brought to life through character interpretations.6:45pm - 7:45 pm. Phone 757-856-1250 for ticket information.
November 11 – Veterans Day (Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Free entrance to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 856-1200 and Yorktown, VA (757) 898-2410.
December 15-Saturday. "17th century Songs of the Season” Join us on Saturday, December 15 and be entertained with Holiday Songs played on period instruments! Hear the stories behind the songs! Learn about how Christmas was celebrated at Jamestown! Sing along to the ancient carols brought to the New World! And enjoy the Spirit of the Season Jamestown-style! , 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. This program is appropriate for all ages and included with your Park Admission.
December 15 and 16 -Historic Jamestowne. 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m: "Living history tours at Historic Jamestown on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of December will feature Jamestown residents in the Christmas spirit as they approach the festive holiday. In addition to details about life and events in the first permanent English settlement in America they will reflect upon their English traditions and practices brought to Virginia in the first quarter of the 17th century. Join them as they as they approach their Christmas at Jamestown."
December 15-“At Christmas Be Mery”: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne. JAMESTOWN, Va.- Sir George Yeardley, Virginia’s Governor in 1620, invites guests to an early-Virginia Christmas celebration complete with a seasonal bonfire, caroling, and firing of the Christmas guns! A unique opportunity to see Jamestown Island aglow with firelight, “At Christmas be mery”: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne will be presented on Saturday, December 15, at 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Join us for this special program offering insights into early-English Christmas traditions. After a brief introduction to what the Jamestown settlers expected during their Christmastide, the Captain of the Guard will escort the “new arrivals” along a cresset-lit path to the 1608 Church. Governor Yeardley will then offer a welcome before inviting everyone to sing carols. Afterwards herald in the season by a bonfire with remembrances of “Yule times” past, dancing, and the firing of the Christmas guns! Tickets, which are $18.00 each, are limited and must be bought in advance by visiting historicjamestowne.org/shop/
Colonial National Historical Park announces the firing artillery schedule for 2018. The majority of historic weapons programs are provided by Yorktown's two volunteer living history artillery units; the Royal Artillery which fire's the park's 6 pounder light artillery gun; and Lamb's Artillery (2nd Continental Regiment of Artillery) which fires an 18 pounder siege cannon.
"The reenactors who have recreated these units offer the Yorktown Battlefield visitors a truly authentic look at the artillery used during the siege of Yorktown, shared park ranger Derold "Mac" McClammy. "The Royal and Lamb's Artillery are made up of men and women who love history. They really live and breathe it and have made an enormous commitment to support our artillery programs and support the park."
Lamb's Artillery Schedule
A volunteer unit depicts the 2ndContinental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which feature firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pounder siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the following dates:
Royal Artillery Schedule
A volunteer unit depicts the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown Programs include live firings of a replica, British cannon, similar to some of the field cannon the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the following dates:
April 21 (Fee Free Day)
September 29- Before the Siege