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Jamestown Day to Celebrate 411th Anniversary of America’s First Permanent English Colony
Submitted by Tracy Perkins

JDay imageWILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 25, 2018 — On Saturday, May 12, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne will collaborate to offer a range of programs marking the 411th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America's first permanent English settlement. "Jamestown Day" features one of Jamestown Settlement's ships sailing in the James River and Historic Jamestowne's ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort. A variety of family-friendly interpretive programs on Powhatan and English trade and weaponry, and military and maritime demonstrations will take place at both sites.

"Jamestown Day" is sponsored by Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Jamestown- Yorktown Foundation, in partnership with Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia.

While there is separate admission to Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne, a four-site value ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, as well as Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is available on "Jamestown Day" and throughout the year.

At the ships' pier, visitors can see re-creations of the three ships – designated "the official fleet of the Commonwealth" – that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607. An artillery salute on Saturday, May 12, will mark the 10 a.m. departure of the Discovery to set sail in the James River. Visitors can board and explore the other two ships, Godspeed and the Susan Constant. Special programs on Jamestown Day will include "A Sea Grammar," offering opportunities to learn the skills of a 17th-century mariner, and demonstrations of celestial navigation.

Saturday's events also feature military drills and interpretive demonstrations on Powhatan Indian and English trade, weaponry and fire-starting. Visitors are welcome to explore expansive gallery exhibits, including new interactive displays that compare and contrast the Powhatan Indian, English and Angolan cultures that converged in 1600s Virginia.

"Jamestown Day" at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, May 12, will feature tours, demonstrations and ongoing archaeological excavations of the 1607 James Fort, allowing guests to share in the moments of discovery while interacting with archaeologists on site. Guests can meet English colonist Joan Pierce and interact with an American Indian interpreter. A variety of ranger tours and programs highlighting the history of the first settlement will be available throughout the day, including costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse showcasing one of America's first industries.

On Sunday, May 13, Historic Jamestowne will offer opportunities to tour the Visitor Center, the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum, Memorial Church, Glasshouse, and, at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m., take part in programs with a first-person interpreter portraying John Rolfe.

There is a separate admission fee to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking is available at both sites. Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.

A four-site value ticket, available at Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, is $39.50 for adults, $27.50 for ages 13- 15 and $14.25 for ages 6- 12 and offers seven consecutive days of admission to all four sites: Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield.

For more information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898- 2410 or visit  or more information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 tollfree or visit www.historyisfun.orgFor more information about the Jamestown Day event and activities, visit


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