Historic Jamestowne State Visit Featured in New Documentary
Monarchy, The Royal Family at Work will debut on Wednesday, November 12 at 8pm EST and will run Wednesday evenings on local PBS stations, from 8-10pm through November 26. The documentary contains an episode featuring the State Visit to Historic Jamestowne. Previews of this episode are available at http://www.pbs.org/opb/monarchy/.
Promotional copy for the episode provided by PBS describes the State Visit episode as "the opportunity to follow the elaborate preparations in Virginia and Britain as the Queen gets ready to visit America. How do American hosts entertain a monarch who has visited nearly every country on earth and dined with ten U.S. presidents? "The State Visit" follows the elaborate preparation, as four locations get ready for a visit from the Queen. In Jamestown, Virginia, the chief archeologist brushes up on royal etiquette. In Williamsburg, Virginia, nervous hotel staff make sure they prepare Her Majesty's room to an exacting standard of perfection. For the visit, the White House hosts the first and only white-tie dinner of the administration."
The Queen's Visit to Historic Jamestowne
Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director of APVA Preservation Virginia, looks forward to sharing these very special moments. Kostelny notes "The Queen's State Visit to Historic Jamestowne brought worldwide attention to America's 400th Anniversary commemoration and renewed awareness of the archaeological research that is revealing a new understanding of this nationís origins at Historic Jamestowne. From the extraordinary preparations to the remarkable execution, this visit underscored the historic ties that our two nations shareóbeginning right here at Historic Jamestowne."
If You Go
Historic Jamestowne preserves and interprets the site of the first permanent English settlement in America and is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service - Colonial National Historical Park. Admission is $10.00 per adult, age 15 and younger is free. National Park Service passports and APVA memberships are honored.
Historic Jamestowne is located at the western terminus of the Colonial Parkway; from I-64, take exit 242-A (Route 199) and follow the signs for Colonial Parkway/Jamestown. From Southside, take the Jamestown Ferry and turn right onto Route 359, following the signs for Historic Jamestowne. For additional information, contact Colonial National Historical Park at 757-229-1733 or 757-898-2410, or via the internet at www.HistoricJamestowne.org.
Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Start your visit at the Visitor Center, with exhibits and a multi-media theater presentation about America's Birthplace; share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; visit the Voorhees Archaearium to see some of the more than 1 million artifacts excavated; walk through New Towne where the settlement grew beyond the fort walls and see the 17th-century landscape recreated with Virtual Viewers; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the original settlement along the scenic James River; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse. Museum stores are available at the Visitor Center and at the Archaearium. Lunch is available on the banks of the James River at the Dale House Cafe. Driving tours explore the lush natural setting where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed that wilderness for their needs and visitors regularly see bald eagles, heron, osprey, deer and other wildlife.