Hear about 25 years of momentous discoveries!
Join Jamestown Rediscovery’s Emeritus Director of Archaeology and Research, Dr. William “Bill” Kelso, for an exclusive visit to the James Fort site. Dr. Kelso will reflect on how 25 years of digging at Jamestown has reshaped our understanding of life in the settlement’s early years. Since first putting a shovel into the ground in 1994, Kelso and the Jamestown Rediscovery team have made countless discoveries from finding the location of the first church to unearthing evidence of survival cannibalism. The program concludes with a book-signing. Bring your own copy of one of Dr. Kelso’s books or purchase his latest, Jamestown, the Truth Revealed, at our gift shop, and he will personalize it.
Tales of the Silver Shovel Tours are conducted at 10:00am on selected Tuesdays from April through October. The program lasts between 90 minutes and 2 hours. See below for a list of upcoming tours. The 2019 season is now completed. The 2020 schedule will be announced by the end of February.
This program begins at the Pocahontas Statue and will end with a book signing at the Visitor Center or Archaearium.
Adult tickets are $60 each and Youth tickets (15 years of age and under) are $40 each. Program tickets include 7-day Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children 15 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited, so early booking is encouraged.
For selected weeks when Tales of the Silver Shovel (Tuesdays at 10:00am) and the Curator’s Artifact Tour (Wednesdays at 3:00pm) are offered on consecutive days, this tour may also be bought as a Combo ticket that includes both programs as well as 7-day admission to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown battlefield. Combo tickets are $80 each for adults and $60 for youth and can be purchased through the Curator’s Artifact Tour page when they are available.
See the Tour FAQ page for answers to commonly-asked questions.