Weekly Schedule

December 2018

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

Operations Updates:
  • The Island Loop Drive remains closed due to downed trees.
  • The Dale House Café will be closed on Monday, December 24, for Christmas Eve.
  • The Dale House Café will be closing at 3:00pm on Monday, December 31, for New Year’s Eve.
  • The Memorial Church is currently closed to visitors and will re-open in the spring of 2019.

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 Education 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.

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: 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.

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

Special Programs and Activities This Month

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00pm–4:00pm: Meet Dr. Walter Russell
Drop in and enjoy an afternoon conversation with Doctor Walter Russell, the first doctor at Jamestown. Offering the difference between a “chirurgian” and a Doctor, he will explain in the greatest detail the intrigues of “Humoral Theory”. From the hardships of Virginia to the bounty of Chesapeake bay, he will no doubt have much to say about life in early Virginia. Location: Archaearium

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 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. Location: Archaearium.

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm & 7:30pm–8:30pm: “At Christmas be Mery”
Sir George Yeardley, Virginia’s Governor in 1620, invites you to an early-Virginia Christmas celebration complete with a seasonal bonfire, caroling, and firing of the Christmas guns! A unique opportunity to see Jamestown Island aglow with firelight. [Requires a separate ticket.]

Monday, December 17, 2018, 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. Location: Archaearium.

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 2:00pm–4:00pm: Meet Dr. Walter Russell
Drop in and enjoy an afternoon conversation with Doctor Walter Russell, the first doctor at Jamestown. Offering the difference between a “chirurgian” and a Doctor, he will explain in the greatest detail the intrigues of “Humoral Theory”. From the hardships of Virginia to the bounty of Chesapeake bay, he will no doubt have much to say about life in early Virginia. Location: Archaearium

Friday, December 21, 2018, 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. Location: Archaearium.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 2:00pm–4:00pm: Meet Dr. Walter Russell
Drop in and enjoy an afternoon conversation with Doctor Walter Russell, the first doctor at Jamestown. Offering the difference between a “chirurgian” and a Doctor, he will explain in the greatest detail the intrigues of “Humoral Theory”. From the hardships of Virginia to the bounty of Chesapeake bay, he will no doubt have much to say about life in early Virginia. Location: Archaearium

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 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. Location: Archaearium.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 2:00pm–4:00pm: Meet Dr. Walter Russell
Drop in and enjoy an afternoon conversation with Doctor Walter Russell, the first doctor at Jamestown. Offering the difference between a “chirurgian” and a Doctor, he will explain in the greatest detail the intrigues of “Humoral Theory”. From the hardships of Virginia to the bounty of Chesapeake bay, he will no doubt have much to say about life in early Virginia. Location: Archaearium

Not visiting this month? Next month’s schedule will be posted on the last Friday of the month 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–5:00pm
Dale House Café: 11:00am–4:00pm
Ed Shed: CLOSED, unless noted.

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.