September 8 – 23, 2018

From September 8 through September 23, Historic Jamestowne will feature kids’ activities perfect for home educators. Stop by the Ed Shed to help mend broken pottery, embark on a scavenger hunt around James Fort, and meet some of the people who called Virginia their home in the 17th century.  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, complete puzzles, and participate in 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! Scavenger Hunt booklets can be picked up in the Visitor Center.

10:00am–4:00pm: Archaearium Artifact Adventures
Spend time in the archaeological museum, the Archaearium, where children and their families can participate in real archaeological activities and examine real artifacts found at the site. Try mending pottery or sorting through the smallest evidence excavated on site. Lend a hand and help the archaeological team discover clues to fort life in the 17th-century. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

11:00am–3:00pm: 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 learning to date a dig site and discovering the importance of mapping an archaeology site! Location: The Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine (weather permitting)

Special Programs and Activities

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Monday, September 10, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Monday, September 10, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne CANCELED
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, by the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm: Hoops & Staves CANCELED
Join Cooper Marshall Sheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods for creating buckets, barrels and casks. Coopering – the making of wooden storage containers – has existed for over 3,000 years. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne CANCELED
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, by the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Hoops & Staves CANCELED
Join Cooper Marshall Sheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods for creating buckets, barrels and casks. Coopering – the making of wooden storage containers – has existed for over 3,000 years. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour CANCELED
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: The Indigenous Chesapeake CANCELED
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)

Friday, September 14, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour CANCELED
Join Justin Bates, Assistant Manager of Public Programs for Jamestown Rediscovery, 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. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Hoops & Staves CANCELED
Join Cooper Marshall Sheetz as he demonstrates traditional methods for creating buckets, barrels and casks. Coopering – the making of wooden storage containers – has existed for over 3,000 years. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour CANCELED
Join Justin Bates, Assistant Manager of Public Programs for Jamestown Rediscovery, 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. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:00pm–8:30pm: The Burning of Jamestown CANCELED
During this special evening walking tour, guests will be led through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events unfold 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. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument (weather permitting).

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron CANCELED
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Shel Browder for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Monday, September 17, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: 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 bay with Captain John Smith. Location: Inside the James Fort (weather permitting)

Monday, September 17, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Conversation with a Colonist: 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 bay with Captain John Smith. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne CANCELED
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, by the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:00am–12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm: Kids Dig Historic Jamestowne CANCELED
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, by the Ed Shed (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm: Bacon’s Rebellion Walking Tour
Join Justin Bates, Assistant Manager of Public Programs for Jamestown Rediscovery, 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. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument. (weather permitting)

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm & 3:30pm–4:30pm: Looking at a Collection: Gallery Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery educator as they lead you through the archaeological museum, the Archaearium. Learn about the artifacts’ discovery and how each piece helps to tell the Jamestown story. Location: Voorhees Archaearium

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: The Indigenous Chesapeake
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 22, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: The Indigenous Chesapeake
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)

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm: Forged in Iron
Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge. Location: James Fort (weather permitting)