September 9-24, 2017

From September 9 through September 24, Historic Jamestowne will features kids’ activities perfect for home educators. Stop by the Ed Shed to help with “picking & sorting” in search of the tiniest artifacts or to try out pottery mending. Kids can also embark on a scavenger hunt around James Fort. Additional special activities, listed below, will also be offered over the course of the two weeks. And best of all, these activities are included with any Historic Jamestowne admission ticket and children 15 and under are always free!

Daily Programs and Activities (Available Daily from September 9 to September 24, 2017)

9:00am–4:30pm: Search the Fort Scavenger Hunt
Set out to explore James Fort and learn more about the early settlement and archaeology in the process. Location: Pick up Scavenger Hunt Materials in the Visitor Center

11:30am–3:30pm: Hands on the Past!
Enjoy an array of hands-on activities including mending pottery, screening for artifacts, and “sorting and picking.” Learn more about the importance of archaeology and examine real artifacts found on site. Location: The Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine

Special Programs and Activities

Monday, September 11, 2017, 12:30pm–1:15pm & 3:30pm-4:15pm: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator on a special tour of the archaeological museum. Learn about discovery of artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities, and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy. Location: The Dig Box, in the grassy area near the Pocahontas Statue.

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Built of “pales, posts and railes”
Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade! Program will be held inside James Fort.

Friday, September 15, 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill CANCELLED
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm: The Burning of Jamestown
During this special evening walking tour, see the dramatic events of Bacon’s Rebellion unfold through the eyewitness account of Thomas Matthew. Controlled fires re-create the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. This program is most suitable for children 12 years of age and older. Program begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

Monday, September 18, 2017, 12:30pm–1:15pm & 3:30pm-4:15pm: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator on a special tour of the archaeological museum. Learn about discovery of artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig  CANCELLED
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will practice digging techniques, participate in screening activities, and develop the knowledge necessary to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy. Location: The Dig Box, the grassy area near the Pocahontas Statue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers who explored the Chesapeake Bay with Captain John Smith. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians
Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown. Program will be held inside James Fort.