It was on September 19, 1676 that Nathaniel Bacon drove loyalists under Governor Sir William Berkeley out of Jamestown and proceeded to loot and burn the town. This was the climatic event of the rebellion. Bacon soon thereafter died and the rebellion collapsed. Some of the most important events of the rebellion happened at Jamestown, and the conflict itself destroyed most of the city. Bacon's Rebellion was one of the largest and most violent events in the colony's first century. It forever changed the political, economic, and social climate of Virginia.
It was a time of strife, distrust and anger, forcing some to stand up and challenge royal authority. These difficult times led many to rally around one individual, Nathaniel Bacon, to take up arms and revolt against a perceived tyrant. No, this was not the American Revolution, but Bacon's Rebellion which occurred 100 years before the Declaration of independence.
Some of the most important events of the rebellion happened at Jamestown, and the conflict itself destroyed most of the city. Bacon's Rebellion was one of the largest and most violent events in the colony's first century. It forever changed the political, economic, and social climate of Virginia.
Witness history as the events of 1676 unfold and decide to become a rebel or loyalist as we commemorate the 338th anniversary of Bacon's Rebellion. During the day, three special programs will feature Governor Sir William Berkeley recounting the events of the rebellion from his perspective. In the evening, the walking tour will detail this dramatic event. The hour-long program will include a tour through the ruins of the town and controlled fires will recreate the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. Stand before the foundation ruins of Jamestown as symbolic flames once again rise over the city.
Come, walk back in time as we explore the tumultuous events of 1676 and Bacon's Rebellion.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. - Throughout the day Park Ranger historical tours will begin at the Tercentennial Monument.
10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - Reflections on Bacon's Rebellion. William Berkeley, governor of Virginia recounts events of Bacon's Rebellion at Jamestown's Memorial Church.
7:00 p.m. - "The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion," guests are lead through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events unfold through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. Controlled fires re-create the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on Sept. 19, 1676.
Park entrance fees apply and will be collected at the Visitor Center until 7:00 p.m. Entrance fees are $14.00 per adult with children 15 and under free. Your receipt will be good for seven consecutive days both at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.
It is recommended that if you plan on attending the 7:00 p.m. program you bring a flashlight and insect repellent.