1619 Commemoration

Date/Time
08/02/2019
9:00am - 5:00pm

1619-2019 Logo1619 commemoration: events for august 2, 2019

For a list of all activities for the commemoration week and as well as more complete descriptions of programs, please visit the 1619 Commemoration Events page.

All events are free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Outdoor activities are weather-permitting.

9:00am–12:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Location: The Angela Site and Near the Memorial Church   Category: Archaeology and Exhibits
Meet the archaeological team and witness the moment of discovery at these two active excavation sites.

9:00am–5:00pm: In the Footsteps of Democracy
Location: The Memorial Church   Category: Archaeology and Exhibits
Visit the newly-refurbished Memorial Church to view the archaeological remains of Jamestown’s 1617 Church.

9:30am–5:30pm: From Fort to Port: Legacies of 1619
Location: The Archaearium   Category: Archaeology and Exhibits
Visit the newest exhibit in the Archaearium to explore how Jamestown had developed into a flourishing port town by the second half of the 17th century.

10:00am–10:45am: “A Laudable form of Government”
Location: The Archaearium Loop Tent   Category: People of the Past
See a re-creation of the first General Assembly.

11:00am–11:45am: “The Foundations of Democracy: The Archaeology of the 1617 Church”
Location: The Archaearium Loop Tent   Category: Lectures
Hear about the recent excavation of the 1617 church where the first assembly met from Director of Archaeology, David Givens, and Staff Archaeologist Mary Anna Hartley.

11:00am–12:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument   Category: Walking Tours
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist to hear about the ongoing excavations and some of the most significant findings.

11:00am–3:00pm: Dig Box
Location: Near the Ed Shed   Category: Children’s Activities
Junior archaeologists can try their hand at digging and learn more about excavation and artifacts in this simulated site.

11:00am–4:00pm: Hands on the Past!
Location: The Ed Shed   Category: Children’s Activities
Enjoy an array of hands-on activities including mending pottery, screening for artifacts, and “sorting & picking.”

12:00pm–12:45pm: “Jamestown 1619: Democracy, Diversity, and Race”
Location: The Archaearium Loop Tent   Category: Lecture
Hear more about the significant but paradoxical events of 1619 from Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation President, Dr. James Horn. A book signing in the Archaearium will follow the lecture.

1:00pm–1:45pm: “A Laudable form of Government”
Location: The Archaearium Loop Tent   Category: People of the Past
See a re-creation of the first General Assembly.

1:00pm–4:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Location: The Angela Site   Category: Archaeology and Exhibits
Meet an archaeologist and witness the moment of discovery at these two active excavations.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Africans Walking Tour
Location: Begins at the Tercentennial Monument   Category: Walking Tours
Take a walking tour of New Towne focusing on the arrival of the first Africans to Jamestown in 1619 and the legacies that have endured over 400 years.

3:00pm–3:30pm: Meet Sir George Yeardley
Locations: The Memorial Church   Category: People of the Past
Meet Governor, Sir George Yeardley, who is presiding over the first General Assembly.

3:30pm–4:30pm: Angela’s Story
Location: The Archaearium Loop Tent   Category: People of the Past
Listen as Angela, one of the first Africans who lived on Jamestown Island, recalls her former home in Angola, her capture, and her new life in Virginia.

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