Colonial National Historical Park to celebrate NPS Centennial

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A National Park Service ranger gives a tour of Historic Jamestowne. The Colonial National Historical Park might have to reduce days of service and freeze hiring of seasonal workers if sequestration occurs. (Photo Courtesy of National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park)
A National Park Service ranger gives a tour of Historic Jamestowne. (Photo Courtesy of National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park)

Colonial National Historical Park will be offering free admission and family-friendly activities throughout the day on Aug. 25 in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

“We like to think that we look pretty good for 100,” NPS Acting Superintendent Jennifer Madello said in a news release. “Our Centennial Committee has worked very hard this year with so many events and activities to commemorate this milestone.”

According to the release, NPS will be offering free admission to all 412 national parks from Aug. 25 through Aug. 28. Colonial National Historical Park will be begin its Aug. 25 celebration with free cake in the lobby of the park’s visitor centers. A Ranger Cut-Out will also be available for photos throughout the day and Law Enforcement cruisers and maintenance equipment will be on display.

The full schedule of the park’s centennial programming is as follows:

Historic Jamestowne

  • Ranger tours will be at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Jerome Bridges as “Sam Robinson” to begin at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m.
  • Representatives from the John Smith Water Trail and Friends of Green Spring: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 17th-Century music performances at the waterfront benches: 10 and 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • Preservation Virginia Archaeology Tours begin at Tercentenary monument:  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Yorktown Battlefield

  • Musket Demonstrations will commence at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Fifes and Drums of Yorktown performances: 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Young Soldiers in kit performance by Ranger Jennifer Bolton at 12:15 p.m.
  • Historic Moore and Nelson Houses, Cemetery Lodge and Poor Potter open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • A Town Tour presented by award winning volunteer Doug Cummings will begin at 10:15 a.m.
  • Battlefield walking tours are scheduled for 9:45 and 11:45 a.m., 1:45 and 2:15 p.m.

For more information visit www.nps.gov/colo or call (757) 898-2410.

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