September 7 – 22, 2019

From September 7 through September 22, Historic Jamestowne will feature kids’ activities perfect for home educators. Embark on a scavenger hunt around James Fort, talk to an archaeologist, and meet some of the people who called Virginia their home in the 17th century. Stop by the Ed Shed to help with “picking & sorting” in search of the tiniest artifacts or to try out pottery mending. Additional special activities will also be offered over the course of the two weeks. 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

9:00am–5:30pm: The Jamestown Adventure
Follow clues, puzzles, and activities around Historic Jamestowne to learn more about the archaeology and history of the island. If your adventure is successful, you will earn a reward! Location: Scavenger Hunt booklets can be picked up in the Visitor Center until 4:30pm.

11:00am–4:00pm: Hands on the Past!
Visit the Ed Shed, an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities such as mending broken pottery and building a fort! Location: The Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine, weather permitting

Special Programs and Activities

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tours
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:00am–3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will learn how archaeologists are able to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy, while participating in excavating and screening of artifacts. Location: The Dig Box, near the Ed Shed, weather permitting

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tours
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 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 at Jamestown. Location: James Fort, weather permitting

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm & 3:15pm–4:15pm: Angela’s Story
Meet Angela, one of the first Africans who lived on Jamestown Island. Listen as she recalls her former home in Angola, her capture, and her new life in Virginia. Consider joining the First Africans Walking Tour beginning at 2:00pm. The 3:15pm program will begin at the conclusion of that tour. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Location: Benches near the Hunt Shrine

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tours
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:00am–3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne CANCELLED
This “field work” for children will be focused around a simulated archaeology dig. Here, kids will learn how archaeologists are able to identify archaeological features, artifacts, and stratigraphy, while participating in excavating and screening of artifacts. Location: The Dig Box, near the Ed Shed, weather permitting

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tours CANCELLED
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead tour through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the discoveries of significant artifacts and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Friday, September 20, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the type of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort forge. Location: James Fort, weather permitting

Friday, September 20, 2019, 3:30pm–4:30pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator for a free walking tour that will trace the steps and recount the events of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. Learn about the complex actions that led to a civil war that burned Jamestown to the ground, devastated Native American communities, and threw England and the colonies into chaos. Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument, weather permitting.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the type of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort forge. Location: James Fort, weather permitting

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 3:30pm–4:30pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator for a free walking tour that will trace the steps and recount the events of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. Learn about the complex actions that led to a civil war that burned Jamestown to the ground, devastated Native American communities, and threw England and the colonies into chaos. Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument, weather permitting.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:00pm–8:30pm: The Burning of Jamestown
During this special evening walking tour, guests will be led through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events through the eyewitness account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. Controlled fires re-create the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. Program begins at the Tercentennial Monument, rain or shine.