Weekly Schedule

August 13-19, 2018

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:
  • The Memorial Church is currently closed to visitors and will re-open in the spring of 2019. On occasion, the front door may be open for visitors to get a sneak peek of the ongoing archaeological work.

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! [Monday through Friday]
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. Stop by the site to ask about the latest discoveries! Location: New Towne, near the Ambler Mansion Ruins

11:00am–12:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist or education specialist 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 and picking.” Learn more about the importance of archaeology and examine real artifacts found on site. Location: The Ed Shed, near the Hunt Shrine

1:00pm–4:00pm: Archaeology in Action! [Monday through Friday]
Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists continue digging in the afternoon. Location: New Towne, near the Ambler Mansion Ruins.

2:00pm–3:00pm: James Fort Archaeology Walking Tour [Monday through Thursday & Sunday]
Join a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist or education specialist 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.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Africans Walking Tour [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… Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument.

Special Programs and Activities This Week

Thursday, August 16, 2017, 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. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Friday, August 17, 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm: Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians
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. Program will be held inside James Fort.

Friday, August 17, 2017, 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 18, 2017, 10:00am–10:30am, 12:30pm-1:00pm, 3:00pm-3:30pm: Lamenting Delaware’s Death
Join Edward Brewster, the captain of Lord Delaware’s personal guard, and other townspeople as they lament the recent death of Governor General Thomas West. Program will be held near the Hunt Shrine.

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: CLOSED
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.