2017 Historic Jamestowne Special Events

Jan 16 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 15 National Park Service Junior Ranger Day (Jamestown) 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 ride; living history tours; a "dig box," where children can explore archeology "hands on," and arts and crafts activities. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA (757)856-1200.

April 15-16 First Weekend of National Park Week (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.Please note that April 15 and 16, 2017 are Reduced Admission Days at Historic Jamestowne. For questions please phone 757-856-1250 or 757-856-1259. http://historicjamestowne.org/…/tic…/reduced-admission-days/

April 22-23 Second Weekend of National Park Week (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.

May 6-Pedal the Parkway. 20th Annual Bicycle Event Runs 8 am – 1 pm
The Colonial Parkway will be closed to motor vehicles between Williamsburg and Jamestown on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 20th 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.org/ or the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists website, www.williamsburgbikemonth.org.

May 7 “Jamestown, Defender of Confederate Richmond.” The Civil War at Jamestown
The Civil War will be the focus of a special tour at Historic Jamestowne on Sunday May 7, 2017. 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 authorities, Carson Hudson and David Riggs. This interpretive program marking the 156th anniversary of the Civil War begins at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. inside Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Following each tour, a book signing will take place at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center by authors Carson Hudson and David Riggs. Carson Hudson is a practicing military and social historian, published author and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. His publications include Civil War Williamsburg. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, Pa, 1997; These Detestable Slaves of the Devill: A Concise Guide to Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, Infinity Press, 2001; Piracy in Colonial Virginia: A Compendium of People, Places, & Pirate Stuff, Infinity Press, 2016; and Yankees In the Streets: Forgotten People and Stories of Civil War Williamsburg, Infinity Press, 2016. 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 13 Jamestown Landing 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.

June 24 Stop and Smell the Roses! Perfumer Rebecca Suerdieck will be demonstrating the art and science of Garden Distilling this Saturday at Historic Jamestown from 11:00 - 4:00. Watch the ancient art of perfume making and savor the irresistible fragrance!


July 30 First Assembly Day Commemoration (Historic Jamestowne). Living history
interpreters will reflect on the significance of the first Assembly in 1619 and its impact on the residents of the Virginia Colony. Colonial National Historical Park, Jamestown, VA, (757) 898-2410 or (757) 856-1200, Entrance Fee.

August 25 National Park Service 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.

Sept 23 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) 856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.

Sept 30 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.


Oct 11-12 Commemoration of Virginia Archeology Month and Glassmaking at Jamestown (Historic Jamestowne). Hands-on activities give children an opportunity to participate in the process of archeology in a simulated dig box. Watch archeologist at work. Special exhibits, tours, and programs let visitors of all ages explore archeology 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) 898-2410 or (757)856-1200, Entrance Fee. Jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.


Nov 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.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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