2016 Special Events

2017 Special Events to appear soon.

The following are special events scheduled for 2016 at Historic Jamestowne. 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.

Click here for link to Preservation Virginia's Special Events;">at Historic Jamestowne.

Events listed below are with National Park Service.

January 18 : 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.

February 27-28: Black History Month. Jerome Bridges as Anthony Johnson at Historic Jamestowne and as Windsor Fry at Yorktown Battlefield. February 27: Jerome Bridges as AnthonyJohnson at Historic Jamestowne. 10am, 1pm, 2pm Q&A session.Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA, (757) 898-2410, February 28: Jerome Bridges as Private Windsor Fry at Yorktown Battlefield 11am, 1pm, 2pm Q&A session

February 28 : Birds of Prey at Historic Jamestowne. Celebrating 100 Years of Migratory Bird Conservation Act.This year we mark not only the 100th year of the National Park Service but also the Centennial of the Protection of Migratory Birds - also called the Migratory Bird Treaty - that was signed on Aug. 16, 1916. Although best known for its iconic historic resources, Historic Jamestowne will provide visitors with a special opportunity to learn about various birds of prey. Join the Busch Gardens Animal Ambassador Team as they present a Birds of Prey Program where Animal Care Specialists will introduce you to the following birds: an Eastern Screech owl; an American kestrel; a Short-eared owl; a Barn owl; a Harris’ hawk and an American bald eagle.

March 20: Estuaries and Coasts: A Closer Look at the Chesapeake Bay's Aquatic Habitats at 12:30 pm. Sarah Nuss, Education Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia will present an overview of the different aquatic habitats of the Chesapeake Bay, detailing the flora and fauna that call each home. Ms. Nuss will also discuss current issues affecting the Bay's health, and how these habitats are responding. Ms. Nuss will showcase several resources for citizens to find local data related to the Chesapeake Bay, and how you can get involved in helping protect this valuable resource. This is a power point program to be conducted in the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center.

March 27 Easter Morning Sunrise Service, Free admission Entrance gates to the park open at 5:30 a.m. and sunrise will be at 6:45 a.m.- 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) 984-6707.

April 16: "National Junior Ranger Day,10 am-4 pm - Free admission

April 16-24: National Park Week - Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA. (757) 856-1200.

May 7: Pedal the Parkway- The Colonial Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles between Williamsburg and Jamestown on Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 19th 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. Click here for News Release.

May 14-15: 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. Click here for more information.

July 9 : Green Spring Open House. "Retreat from Green Spring" 235th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War battle fought near the site of the 17th century Green Spring mansion. Reenactors will simulate the American retreat from the battle to Green Spring mansion. At the mansion site will be an American camp with special programs planned for demonstrations regarding camp life, medical treatment of the wounded, artillery and light infantry tactics. For more information click here.News Release.

August 4: First Assembly Day Commemoration - 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.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. Click here for News Release.
August 25 - 26: National Park Service Birthday - Free admission to Historic Jamestowne for August 25 and 26. Please note that admission on August 27 and 28 are half price through Preservation Virginia. For questions on fees please phone Fee Office at 757-856-1259.Click here for more information.

September 17: Bacon's Rebellion (Historic Jamestowne) 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. Click here for list of events.
September 18: Join us at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center on Sunday,September 18 at 12:30 pm to hear Helen Hamilton discuss how local Virginia tribes used trees, shrubs, and herbs to provide shelter, food, household items and medicines. They transferred their knowledge to the colonists, and today we are still using native plants for our food, shelter and medicines.

September 24: 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.

Septemeber 24: A BioBlitz is coming to Colonial National Historical Park Grab your smartphone, camera, and binoculars and explore nature like never before! On Saturday September 24, 2016, Colonial National Historical Park will participate in the National ParksBioBlitz. A BioBlitzis a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100thbirthday with more than 100BioBlitzes across the country. During this free, one-day event at Colonial, teams of scientists, naturalists, students and volunteers will go out into the park’s fields, woods and along historic earthworks to see how many species of butterflies they can document.For more information or to RSVP no later than September 20, please contact Dorothy Geyer at Dorothy_Geyer@nps.gov.

October 8-9: 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) 229-2437.

October 16: Join us at the Historic Jamestown Visitor Center, Sunday, October 16 at 12:30 pm to learn about Birds to Watch for at Jamestown Island. Covering approximately 1500 acres, Jamestown Island is permanent, seasonal, or temporary home to well over 200 species of birds. Major habitats include tidal wetlands, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, open water, woody shrub, and lawn and field. This range of habitats attracts a wide variety of bird life including raptors, woodpeckers, songbirds, swimming waterbirds, and flying and walking waterbirds among others. Join Nancy Barnhart, National Park Service volunteer, Certified Virginia Master Naturalist, and Williamsburg Bird Club member to learn about some of these birds.

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

October 22: Historic Green Spring Day: The Friends of Green Spring Annual Tour of Historic Green Spring is scheduled to take place October 22. For more information check out this site:http://www.historicgreenspring.org/index.html and news release.

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.

November 20: 12:30 pm. Nature in the Park Program at Historic Jamestowne. Join Adrienne Frank, butterfly enthusiast and Certified Virginia Master Naturalist as she highlights the park's resident species. This presentation is free with normal park
admission fee.

December 10: "Now the Season for Mirth" Celebrating the Holidays at Colonial National Historic Park "At Christmas Be Mery": A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Historic Jamestowne, ticketed event) Colonial National Historic Park will join with Jamestown Rediscovery to present a unique opportunity to see Jamestowne Island aglow with firelight. Sir George Yeardley, Virginia's governor in 1620, invites you to an early Virginia Christmas celebration, complete with a seasonal bonfire, caroling, dancing, and firing of the Christmas guns. Tickets are $18.00, and space is limited! To purchase tickets, go to historicjamestowne.org

December 18: Learn How Ancient Geological Processes Formed Tidewater Virginia. Colonial National Historical Park invites visitors of all ages to join visit us at the Historic Jamestown Visitor Center, Sunday, December 18, at 12:30 to learn how ancient geological processes formed Tidewater Virginia, including Colonial National Historical Park.Join Dr. Jerre Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Geology as he talks about the fascinating story of the changes that shaped our current land. He has also been the key locator of a Mastodon skeleton found just outside the park and will be showing samples of the artifacts he found. This presentation is free with normal park admission fee.

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P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690


(757) 856-1200
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