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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.