Jamestown Settlement is gearing up to offer a juxtaposed interactive history lesson featuring two centuries’ ways of life.
Today, Jamestown Settlement will offer “Community Day: Tales of Two Centuries” highlighting the 1600s and 1700s in a side-by-side format. Activities, presentations and demonstrations will be featured. The current exhibition “Jamestown’s Legacy to the American Revolution” focuses on 17th century Jamestown and its descendants.
Visitors can take self-guided tours after receiving the “Jamestown’s Legacy” exhibition brochure upon arrival, or can take guided tours at noon or 2 p.m. Barry and Lynn Trott will perform 17th century music in the Elmon and Pam Gray Presentation Hall. The music – played at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — will feature the mandolin, guitar, flute and viola de gamba.
At 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., children can create make-and-take crafts in the education wing.
Hoop-rolling, quoits and bowling and hobby-horse riding activities will be ongoing from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Between 10 a.m. and noon then again from 1 to 4 p.m., cricket games will be conducted by Tom Melville, a historian and cricket player.
The Itinerant Band will perform Irish, Scottish, English and French traditional music from the 17th and 18th centuries between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Rafael the Magnificent will juggle at an 18th century fair between 12:30 and 3:15 p.m.
Interpretations are scheduled for the mall, including tailoring and medical treatments. Artillery will be fired at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Powhatan warfare and leadership demonstrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Powhatan Indian village; visitors will be able to participate in these demonstrations. Cargo handling at noon and sail handling at 2:45 p.m. will take place on the ships. Clothing care will take place in the fort at 11 a.m. and a military drill will take place a 2 p.m.
Fiddler David Gardner will be making music on the ships at 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., as well as at 12:15 p.m. in the fort.
Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 6-12. A combination ticket for Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center is $20.50 for adults and $10.25 for children ages 6-12.
Residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City and York Counties receive free admission to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center with proof of residency. The College of William and Mary students and professors also receive free admission with a valid college ID. For additional information, call 757-253-4838 or visit the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center website.