Inside James Fort

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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, blacksmithing demonstrations, and talks on the Powhatan Indians and Plymouth vs. Jamestown. This event continues on Saturday, November 28.

All programs are included with admission to Historic Jamestowne.

10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: 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.

10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: Meet Anas Todkill
Learn 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.

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: The Powhatan & the English
Join Public Historian Mark Summers for a program discussing the interactions, trade, and conflict between English colonists and the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom based on archaeological evidence. Program takes place near the Hunt Shrine.

2:00pm–3:00pm: Jamestown vs. Plymouth Tour
Join Public Historian Mark Summers for a program comparing and contrasting the two colonies, the origins of their rivalry, and some surprising correlations between them. Program takes place near the Hunt Shrine.

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