Weekly Schedule

August 19 – 25, 2019

Historic Jamestowne offers much to see and do for visitors of all ages. Check out next week’s happenings below and explore the interactive map to help plan your next visit!

Operations Updates:

Daily Programs and Activities (Available Monday through Sunday, unless noted)

All programs and activities below are included with any Historic Jamestowne admission ticket, unless noted.

9:00am–12:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Jamestown Rediscovery, in partnership with the National Park Service, is digging on William Pierce’s lots in New Towne to learn more about the household and landscape of the site where Angela, one of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia, lived. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are also actively exploring the James Fort. Stop by both sites to ask about the latest discoveries! Location: James Fort, near the Memorial Church [Daily], and New Towne, near the Ambler Mansion Ruins [Monday-Friday], weather permitting.

11:00am–12:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist who has been part of the exciting discoveries on a walking tour through James Fort to hear about the ongoing excavations and some of the most significant findings. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

11:00am–4:00pm: Hands on the Past!
Enjoy an array of hands-on activities including mending pottery, screening for artifacts, and “sorting & picking.” Learn more about the importance of archaeology and examine real artifacts found on site. Location: Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine

1:00pm–4:00pm: Archaeology in Action!
Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists continue digging in the afternoon. Location: James Fort, near the Memorial Church [Daily], and New Towne, near the Ambler Mansion Ruins [Monday-Friday], weather permitting.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Africans Walking Tour [Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday]
This walking tour of New Towne will focus on the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619. But the story of African Americans at Jamestown goes beyond 1619… Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Assembly Tour [Tuesday & Thursday]
This walking tour of the James Fort will focus on the struggle toward good government—from the chaos of the early fort period to the long lasting effects of the democracy—and the rule of law that eventually lead to American Independence! Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

2:00pm–3:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour [Sunday]
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery education specialist to hear how the ongoing archaeology is shedding new light on the lives of the early settlers and the events that occurred here. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

3:30pm–4:30pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday]
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery education specialist to hear how the ongoing archaeology is shedding new light on the lives of the early settlers and the events that occurred here. Tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument.

Special Programs and Activities This Week

Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:00am–11:00am: Forensic Fridays
This program will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the team solves 400-year-old cold cases, from uncovering evidence of cannibalism and crippling disease to identifying James Fort’s founding fathers. [Requires a separate ticket.]

Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm: 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. Location: James Fort

Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:00pm–12:30pm: Captain Brewster’s Kids
Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd—“a most ancient and honorable pole arm”—and then march in the “Grand Parade” inside James Fort! For kids ages 6 and up. Program will be held near the Hunt Shrine.

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm: The Indigenous Chesapeake
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 at Jamestown. Location: James Fort

Not visiting this week? Next week’s schedule will be posted on Friday or check the calendar for future special events.

Operating Hours

Entrance Gate: 8:30am–4:30pm
Visitor Center: 9:00am–5:00pm
1608 Glasshouse: 8:30am–5:00pm
Island Loop Drive: 8:30am–sunset
Memorial Church: 9:00am–5:00pm
Archaearium: 9:30am–5:30pm
Dale House Café: 11:00am–4:30pm
Ed Shed: 11:00am–4:00pm

Guests may remain on park grounds until sunset.

Schedule Changes

We do our best to offer all activities as scheduled, but occasionally weather or other factors will necessitate last-minute changes. Some programs, such as NPS Ranger Tours, are only announced that day, so please check at the Visitor Center for the most up-to-date information.