2019 Special Events

 

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 2019 for all of Colonial National Historical Park including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

The following are special events scheduled for 2019 for all of Colonial National Historical Park including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. More events may be added. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors please call the telephone number associated with each event.


THe Fife and Drums of Yorktown: Schedule TBA-

March 23,24, 30, and 31:Women's History Month .- As part Women’s History Month, Colonial National Historical Park will offer special interpretive programs at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.


April 7: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

April 13-April 14: Civil War Weekend (Yorktown Battlefield) Tactical demonstrations, encampments and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

April 15-Jamestown Archaeology Day. 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: James Fort, Memorial Church, and Archaearium.


April 20: "National Junior Ranger Day", 10 am-4 pm -Free admission.
Historic Jamestowne: 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.
  • 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 17th- century: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. [Total walking distance about 300 yards]
Yorktown Battlefield: “Youth Battlefield Walk” , Come join us for National Junior Ranger Day, an annual recognition of America’s future. Children 14 and under, accompanied by an adult, can participate in a ranger-led walk of the battlefield, Saturday, April 20st, 2019. The walk will begin and end at the Yorktown Battlefield visitor center. All attendees must register at the Visitor Center information desk to participate. The Yorktown Visitor Center will accept the first 100 registrants only, not including accompanying adult/s. The walk will encompass approximately 1.5 miles and take about 2 hours to complete. The ranger will share stories about the battle, the battlefield, and famous historical figures. Participants are encouraged to bring totes or backpacks and a snack. Cold water will be provided by the National Park Service at the halfway point and upon return to the Visitor Center. Completion of the walk will earn each registered, fourteen and under participant, a commemorative ranger badge made of earth-friendly, recycled maple (unique to the event), certificate, a goodie bag, and knowledge of stuff they never knew!! So, leave the mobile devices at home, come out doors and spend an afternoon at the Yorktown Battlefield.

All participants are encouraged to use sun screen, wear an appropriate hat, and closed-toed shoes or boots. Participants in sandals will not be allowed on the walk! Pre-registration is not permitted. All registration is done the morning of the walk, between the hours of 9 and 11 AM, at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. The Youth Battlefield Walk will begin at the visitor center at 11:15 AM. There is no charge to participate. There is also no admission fees charged for Junior Ranger Day for anyone! Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, VA. 757-898-2410

April 20-26: National Park Week

April 21, 2019 : 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 27: Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

May 4:Jamestowne Island during the Civil War by noted authority, David Riggs. This interpretive program marking the 157th anniversary of the Civil War begins at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. inside Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center.


May 5: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

May 11: Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

May 11: 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.

May 25: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- Nelson House (Yorktown Village) 4:00 p.m.

May 27: Memorial Day Activities-TBA

May 29:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

June 2:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

June 5:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

June 8: Royal Artillery(Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Entrance Fee

June 9: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, Entrance Fee.

June 9: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

June 12:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

July 14: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park.

June 16: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

June 19:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

June 23:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

June 26:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

June 30:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

July 3:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

July 7:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

July 10:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

July 14:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

July 20: Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Entrance Fee

July 24: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

July 28: Historic Jamestowne Commemorates "First Assembly Day”, Details to come. (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee.

July 28: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

July 29 - August 4 Commemoration Events Join us in commemorating the 400th anniversaries of the first representative assembly in the English North America and the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia. Both events are closely connected to Jamestown. Archaeological excavations, special programs, and new exhibits will highlight the events and people who played a pivotal role in our nation’s history.

July 30 Commemoration Events

July 31: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 4:45 p.m.

Aug 4:
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

Aug 11;
Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

August 17 First Africans Commemoration Join a series of programs throughout the day sharing the hidden stories of the first Africans who were captured, enslaved, and brought to English North America in the summer of 1619.

Aug 17: Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Entrance Fee

Aug 18: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, VA, (757) 898-2410. Entrance Fee

Aug 18: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

Aug 24:
Democracy Dash 10K Run at Jamestown Island The course takes a quick left onto the Colonial Parkway towards Jamestown Island, crossing over the causeway, with the James River on the right and Back Bay/Powhatan Creek on the left. Just past the National Park Service’s Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, the race route takes a right onto the short loop of the Jamestown Island tour roads, with an out-and-back section on the long loop to make the exact 10K distance.

Aug 25: National Park Service Birthday-Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Jamestown, VA.

Aug 25: Meet"Light-Horse" Harry Doust, Chief Ranger of Colonial National Historical Park during World War 2 Step back to the year 1943, and meet "Light-Horse" Harry Doust, Chief Ranger of Colonial National Historical Park during World War 2 (Shades of Our Past, newest character). Hear stories of the World War 2 home front and the National Park Service. Not only was he a Ranger, but a local resident.Yorktown Battlefield (10am). Historic Jamestown (1:30pm)

Aug 25: Fifes and Drums of Yorktown- (Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center) 3:45 p.m.

Sept 7 Dancing at the Nelson House CANCELLED.

September 21 Bacon's Rebellion. 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.

Sept 22: Lamb's Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Admission Fee.

September 28: 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.

September 28-29:Before the Siege: When the British Army Occupies Yorktown
Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, Colonial National Historical Park invites you to the historic village of Yorktown for a glimpse into its Revolutionary past. Yorktown, a former Colonial seaport, hosted an occupying army under Lord Cornwallis, his Britannic Majesty’s commander in the southern colonies. His army, better than eight thousand in number, will call Yorktown home from early August, 1781, until the British surrender two and a half months later on the 19th of October; an event of historical, world-changing proportion.

During this two-day event, re-enactors portraying His Lordship’s soldiers, local town’s people, loyalists and British sailors will again occupy Yorktown. Demonstrations will abound throughout Main Street in Yorktown, showcasing ironworking, leatherworking, British tactical demonstrations including musketry and cannon, and an accurate portrayal of soldier and civilian life during the occupation.

October 12, 2019 - 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.

Oct 19: Royal Artillery (Yorktown Battlefield).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. Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410. Entrance Fee
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October 26: Witchcraft in Early Virginia 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Location: Historic Jamestown Visitor Center.

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 26: Tales of “The Devill, the Witches, & the Enchanters…”: A Haunted Evening at Historic Jamestowne.Location: Program begins at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Peer into the world of our 17th-century ancestors and learn what scared them the most. A unique opportunity to see Jamestown Island aglow with firelight, Tales of “The Devill, the Witches, & the Enchanters…”: A Haunted Evening at Historic Jamestowne will be presented on Saturday, October 26, at 6:45pm & 8:00pm. Hear actual eyewitness accounts of conjurations and witchcraft from 17th-century Virginia, brought to life through character interpretations. Each story will be introduced with historical context that will offer how the perceived “supernatural” events evolved to blur logic and create fear for those who experienced them first hand. And it is the legacy of this fear of the unknown, darkness, and the misunderstood that is still echoed every October 31st. Tickets, which are $20.00 each, are limited and must be bought in advance by clicking the button below.

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.

December 14: At Christmas be mery: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne. Location: Program begins at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Sir George Yeardley, Virginia’s Governor in 1620, invites you 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 14, at 6:00pm & 7:30pm. This program will be held outside, rain or shine, so we recommend dressing comfortably for the weather conditions. 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 $20.00 each, are limited and will go on sale Friday, November 1 at noon.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last updated: October 9, 2019

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