Lord De La Warr Day
June 1, 2011
Commemorate the anniversary of Lord De la Warr's arrival and saving of Jamestown at Historic Jamestowne from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Highlights include a re-enactment, public archaeology, historic trades demonstrations and children's activities throughout the day.
In 1610, the survivors of the "Starving Time" winter along with newly arrived castaways from a Bermuda shipwreck abandoned Jamestown and headed down the James River intent on returning to England. At the same time, Lord De La Warr's relief fleet with 150 new settlers had just arrived in the river and met the colonists about 10 miles from Jamestown. As Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia, De La Warr led the colonists back to the fort and reestablished the colony. Under his leadership, the foundations were laid for Jamestown to endure and prosper. Virginia survived and eventually became Britainís wealthiest and most populous mainland colony.
Lord De La Warr's timely arrival will be featured in a dramatic reenactment as part of the day's activities, which also includes archaeological excavations, 17th-century iron making demonstrations, American Indian exhibits, musket demonstrations, childrenís activities and more. A ceremonial halberd associated with Lord De la Warr's arrival, found by archaeologists in a James Fort well, will be on display in the Voorhees Archaearium.
This program is presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.
Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Preservation Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation formed a new collaboration in the fall of 2010 with the goal of connecting the histories of Jamestown and Williamsburg through compelling stories of discovery, diversity and democracy. This initiative brings together experts from Historic Jamestowne and Colonial Williamsburg to enhance public archaeology and create a broader, more cohesive guest experience.
Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit www.HistoricJamestowne.org or call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.