Bacon’s Rebellion Programs at Historic Jamestowne

The 1676 Burning of Jamestown to be Recreated

September 16, 2017

Jamestown, Va. - Jamestown, Va. - Rebellion will be the focus of a special evening tour at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, September 16. The evening walking tour will take visitors through the colonial town site and present the events leading to the burning of Virginia’s 17th-century capital on September 19, 1676. This program marks the 341st anniversary of the rebellion, which was a power struggle between two of colonial Virginia’s strongest personalities: Governor Sir William Berkeley and Nathaniel Bacon. The walking tour begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Tercentennial Monument overlooking the James River.

Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, served as the capital of Virginia throughout the 17th-century. In 1676 a major rebellion erupted across Virginia in which citizens chose to follow Nathaniel Bacon, the rebel leader, or Governor Sir William Berkeley, the crown’s representative in the colony. The climax of the rebellion occurred on September 19, 1676, when Bacon and his followers destroyed Jamestown by setting fires throughout the town site.

During the Saturday evening walking tour, details of this dramatic event will unfold as visitors experience the conflict through the “eyewitness” account of Thomas Matthew, a burgess in Virginia’s General Assembly in 1676. He will lead visitors from one stop in the town site to another to hear the accounts of other eyewitnesses to the rebellion. Controlled fires will recreate the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. The walking tour will last an hour and a half and cover a short distance. Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

During the day on Saturday, join a living history interpreter as they recount their time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that led to the rebellion. This program will start at the Tercentenary Monument at 10:30 am, 1:00 & 3:00 pm.


Last updated: September 8, 2017

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