Inside James Fort

Native American man
10:00am - 4:00pm

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Location: Inside James Fort, weather permitting

Join us after Thanksgiving for two days of special Inside James Fort programming, including living history, coopering demonstrations, and talks on the importance of trades to the settlement as well as an overview of James Fort from perspective of Anas Todkill. This event begins on Friday, November 27.

All programs are included with admission to Historic Jamestowne.

10:00am–1:00pm: Inside James Fort: 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.

10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians
The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. 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 of Jamestown.

11:00am–12:00pm: Anas Todkill’s Jamestown
It’s the fall of 1609 as you hear from Anas Todkill, who was among the first colonists to arrive in Virginia. Todkill will offer a first-hand accounting of how a handful of settlers established the first successful English settlement in North America—in spite of hardship and unrealistic expectations from the Company that sent them here. Program takes place near the Hunt Shrine.

1:00pm–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill
Meet Anas Todkill firsthand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, an early colonist who explored the bay with Captain John Smith.

2:00pm–3:00pm: Trades Talk
Join blacksmith Shel Browder for a discussion about the role of skilled labor in early Jamestown and how archaeology and living history inform our understanding of colonial industry. Program takes place near the Hunt Shrine.

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