Weekly Schedule

April 15 – 21, 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:
  • The Archaearium will be closing at 3:30pm on Thursday, April 18. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Join us this Saturday, April 20, for a fee free day.

 

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, weather permitting.

9:00am–5:00pm: In the Footsteps of Democracy
Visit the newly-refurbished Memorial Church to view the archaeological remains of Jamestown’s 1617 Church, the meeting place of the first representative government in English America. Stand on the exact spot where the first General Assembly was held in 1619 and our nation’s democracy began. Location: Memorial Church

9:30am–5:30pm: From Fort to Port: Legacies of 1619
Visit the newest exhibit in the Archaearium to learn more about the evolution of a plantation society based on the cash crop tobacco, Jamestown’s rapid development into a flourishing transatlantic port, and the exploitation of enslaved Africans, Virginia Indians, and indentured servants as cheap labor. Location: Archaearium

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! [Monday & Friday]
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: 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, weather permitting.

2:00pm–3:00pm: First Assembly Tour [Monday, 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: First Africans Walking Tour [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… Tours begin 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 [Tuesday through 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

Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm: Archaeology Day & Exhibit Openings
Share in the moment of discovery, meet members of the archaeology team, take a walking tour, see historic trades demonstrations, and learn about the current excavation sites. Be among the first to see the newly-refurbished Memorial Church as well as the new “From Fort to Port: Legacies of 1619” exhibit in the Archaearium. Location: James Fort, Memorial Church, & Archaearium

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00am–12:00pm: Tales of the Silver Shovel
Join Dr. Bill Kelso for an exclusive tour of the James Fort site. Dr. Kelso will reflect on how the exciting discoveries made over the past 25 years have reshaped our understanding of life in the settlement’s early years. [Requires a separate ticket.]

Thursday, April 18, 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 Steve Mankowski 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

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:00am–10:30am & 1:00pm–1:30pm: Foundations for a Flourishing State
Join newly-appointed governor, Sir George Yeardley, and Secretary John Pory to hear firsthand news from London that will transform Jamestown, and its government, forever. Location: Benches near the Hunt Shrine

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3:15pm–4:15pm: Angela’s Story
Meet Angela, one of the first Africans who lived on Jamestown Island. Listen as she recalls her former home in Angola, her capture, and her new life in Virginia. This program will begin at the conclusion of the First Africans Walking Tour. Location: Benches 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: 9:00am–5:00pm
Archaearium: daily, except Thursday: 9:30am–5:30pm; Thursday: 9:30am–3:30pm
Dale House Café: 11:00am–4:30pm
Ed Shed: Monday & Friday: 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.