Lecture to highlight Native American use of indigenous plants

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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 (Courtesy NPS)

This Sunday, Historic Jamestowne will be offering visitors a chance to learn how local Virginia tribes used trees, shrubs, and herbs to create shelter, meals and medicines.

According to a release from the National Park Service, Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center will be hosting a lecture by Helen Hamilton, publicity chair of the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, at 12:30 p.m.

She will discuss how Native American tribes transferred their knowledge of indigenous plants to early British settlers. She will detail the medicinal uses of plants such as witch hazel, primrose and echinacea, as well as describe the qualities of many other native plants, the release stated.

All programs and demonstrations are included in the Colonial National Historical Park admission fee of $14.00 per adult, which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children under age 16 and Preservation Virginia members are admitted free.

The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the grounds remain open until dusk. For more information visit historicjamestowne.org.