May 9, 2015
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.
On Saturday, May 9, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 408th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America's first permanent English settlement.
* Archaeologist Walking Tours across the 1607 fort site will give a detailed view of the latest discoveries at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. (Tours will also happen on Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm.)
* Learn from living history interpreters about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians in the 17th Century and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown.
* Craftsmen at the Glasshouse and James Fort site will demonstrate the glassmaking and blacksmithing trades practiced by the early settlers.
* Archery demonstrations will show the military technology of the Powhatan and other Virginia Indians.
* Conservators in the Archaearium museum will describe how artifacts make it from the field to the lab to the exhibit case -- and allow young visitors to sort through the smallest excavated samples to find animal bones, shell, and seeds for clues to life in the 1600s.
* Young visitors and families can get a preview of the Ed Shed coming soon to the James Fort site. Learn about 3D scanning and printing, handle real artifacts found at Jamestown, and search for 3D printed artifacts in our Discovery Boxes.
* Park Ranger Walking Tours will give a detailed perspective on the history of Jamestown at 9:30 am, 12:00 pm and 2 pm.
* The James River Association will discuss the history of the James River and its current efforts to preserving this historical treasure.
This event is free with paid Historic Jamestowne admission, which is $14 for adults and includes access to Yorktown Battlefield. Youth under age 16 receive free admission. Interagency passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5 fee may apply. For more information, call (757) 856-1250.