More 2017 special events to appear soon.
Some events are currently in the planning stage. For more information, including possible schedule changes due to inclement weather or other factors please call the telephone number associated with each event.
Events listed below are with National Park Service.
"A Patriotic, Winter Event" Celebrating President's Day and Black History Month.
Colonial National Historic Park is excited to open its doors for a weekend of family-friendly historic interpretive programs that should be both entertaining and informative. Superintendent Kym Hall warmly welcomes the public to "come out and enjoy three excellent offerings, a first-person presentation focusing on an African in early Jamestown, a program highlighting women in the Revolution, and an exhibit on The Royal African Company." 757-856-1200. Click here for news release.
Meet Anthony Johnson Saturday, February 18th and Monday, February 20th at Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm both days. Arriving on the ship James at Jamestown in 1621, Anthony Johnson’s rise to freedom is a saga of suspense and intrigue. From his capture in Africa, enslavement in the colony of Virginia, to freeman living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Johnson’s story, his emotions and his trials are brought to life by award winning interpreter Jerome Bridges. Learn first hand about Johnson, his life and struggles, and his place in American history.
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior The "Royal African Company" exhibit will be available all month for viewing at Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. In the earliest days of settlement slavery was not widespread in Virginia, but by the latter part of the 17th century changes had taken place due to the evolution of a labor intensive agricultural crop, tobacco. To facilitate the organized introduction of cheap labor, the Royal African Company came into existence under an English charter granted by the King. The express purpose of the endeavor was to trade English goods in Africa in exchange for gold, ivory and slaves. This "trade triangle" brought thousands of enslaved Africans to Virginia by the end of the 1600s. The temporary exhibit explains how the company was created, functioned, and eventually collapsed.