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Jamestown Rediscovery awarded grant for new virtual project

Jamestown Rediscovery recently received a grant to create a new virtual tour experience. (WYDaily/Historic Jamestowne Facebook)
Jamestown Rediscovery recently received a grant to create a new virtual tour experience. (WYDaily/Historic Jamestowne Facebook)

Jamestown Rediscovery is getting a little extra money in its pocket for a new virtual project.

In a nutshell: It was awarded a $153,262 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a new virtual tour project.

The project, “Rediscovering Jamestown: A New Way to Explore James Fort Virtual,” will involve designing and populating a virtual tour portal for people to explore resources related to the history and archaeology of Jamestown.

“This National Endowment for the Humanities funding will enable Jamestown Rediscovery over the next six months to develop new in-depth multimedia resources on the archaeology and history of Jamestown.” said Lisa Fischer, director of digital initiatives, in a news release. “Making educational materials available online to students and the public is especially critical right now, and we are incredibly grateful for the NEH’s support of this project.”

Historic Jamestowne’s museum and site closed in March because of the pandemic and since then the organization has provided a number of virtual resources for fans. The museum and historic site reopened in June, but with limitations on the amount of guests and experiences provided.

The new project will provide a virtual experience with tours of the archaeological site of James Fort and the Archaearium Museum. The experience will be created through a series of videos connected together through an interactive online map.

One of the tours will tell guests about the history of the settlement through archaeological research relevant historical information, images and artifacts.

Another tour will present Jamestown’s history from the perspective of Anas Todkill, one of Jamestown’s early settlers who was a friend of Captain John Smith.

Jamestown Rediscovery’s education team will also create lesson plans for students to use the virtual portal.

The new virtual portal is expected to be ready in early 2021 and will be available through Jamestown Rediscovery’s website.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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