9:00am - 5:00pm
Explore America’s Birthplace and discover the stories of Jamestown!
Join us to mark the 416th anniversary of the arrival of 104 men and boys at Jamestown. On May 14th, 1607, three ships anchored in the deep waters of the James River, their passengers disembarked, and they decided to establish their settlement on a swampy, unoccupied peninsula “in Paspiha’s [Paspehegh] country” (George Percy). Their task was to find gold and a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They were not successful at this, but they set in motion the events that would help build the foundation of America.
Jamestown Day events are included with admission, with the exception of specialty tours. In the event of bad weather, programs will be moved indoors to the Archaearium or Memorial Church.
All Day Events
James Fort: the Birthplace of America – visit the archaeological site of the 1607 James Fort
The Buried Truth: Archaeology in Action – Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet Jamestown archaeologists and learn about ongoing excavations and the latest discoveries, including the ‘flag’ feature and a newly uncovered well. At James Fort. (Weather Permitting)
In the Footsteps of Democracy – Visit the Memorial Church and see the re-interpretation of the site’s original 1617-18 church and its foundations – which was the meeting place for the first representative government in English America. Stand on the exact spot where the first General Assembly was held in 1619 and where our nation’s democracy began. At the Memorial Church.
From Fort to Port: Legacies of 1619 – Explore the tobacco boom in Virginia, Jamestown’s development from a fort to a port, as well as the exploitation of Africans, Virginia Indians, and indentured servants in this new gallery exhibit at the Natalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium Museum.
Activities & Living History: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ed Shed: Family-Oriented Archaeology – The Ed Shed is an educational space for children and adults alike. Come join the archaeology team and sort through artifacts recently excavated by Jamestown archaeologists. Families can also check out recently excavated artifacts. The Ed Shed is located outside the west wall of the 1607 Fort, near the Hunt Shrine
Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake – Meet Dan Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and learn about the material culture and life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians and their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown. In the Archaearium
Forged in History – 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. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: At James Fort, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: In the Archaearium
“Pales, posts, and railes” – Building a fort proved a necessity for the colonists within a month of their 1607 arrival. Carpenter Danny Whitten will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to the buildings. In the Archaearium
A New Life in the New World – Learn first-hand about the trials of the first English settlers and their experiences exploring the Chesapeake from Anas Todkill, one of the settlers that explored the bay with Capt. John Smith. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: At James Fort, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: In the Archaearium
Archaeology Walking Tour of James Fort – Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season’s excavations and new discoveries. Offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At the Tercentennial Monument.
Powhatan:1622 – Join public historian Mark Summers for a brand new tour of James Fort. Learn about the Powhatan resistance to the English colony from 1607 to the events of March 22, 1622. At the Tercentennial Monument.
Specialty Tour – additional ticket required
Inside the Vault – Go behind the scenes to the Jamestown archaeology lab and collections facility. Visitors will tour the lab with a senior team member to learn about our collection of more than four million artifacts recovered by Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists since 1994. Recommended for ages 16+. Purchase tickets in advance.