First Assembly Commemoration

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join in this interactive program, taking roles and recreating the events that occurred during the historic first meeting of the House of Burgesses. The program will take place at 10:30 am. 1:00 pm & 3 pm inside the Memorial Church, which was built on the site of the church where the first meeting took place in 1619. Over a six-day period the “burgesses” petitioned for some minor changes in the settlement of land tenure, approved the “Greate Charter” of 1618 (which had allowed for the assembly’s creation) and adopted measures against drunkenness, idleness, and gambling. On August 3, the assembly discussed “a thirde sorte of laws suche as might proceed out of every man’s priviate conceipt” – the humble beginnings of individual initiation of legislation in English speaking America. On August 4, the assembly’s last vote was approval of its first tax law, requiring every man and servant in the colony to pay the officers of the assembly “one pound of the best Tobacco” for their services during the hot, midsummer season. In this program, visitors will meet colonists from Jamestown’s past who will share their stories of Virginia’s government during the colony’s earliest years.

Price: Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

Location: Historic Jamestowne

For more information call 757-229-4997.

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