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Guests Discover the Events that Lead Up to the Burning of Jamestown in 1676

Guests Hear Firsthand about the Actions of Nathaniel Bacon and His Followers

September 15, 2011

Sir William Berkeley, Colonial Governor of Virginia
Sir William Berkeley, Colonial Governor of Virginia
During two special programs at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, Sept. 17, guests learn the events leading up to a major rebellion that flared across the colony of Virginia forcing citizens to choose between the crown's representative, Sir William Berkeley, or rebel leader Nathaniel Bacon. The climax occurred on Sept. 19, 1676, when Bacon and his followers set fire to Jamestown, nearly destroying Virginia's capital. These programs mark the 335th anniversary of the resistance.

During "Governor Berkeley Laments the Rebellion" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., guests meet with Gov. William Berkeley as he recounts his time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that lead to Bacon's Rebellion and the burning of Virginia's 17th-century capitol at Jamestown.

Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists will be on site from 10 am 2 pm. At 12:30 pm, tour the dig site with an archaeologist on a archaeology walking tour.

The one-hour special evening tour, "The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion," at 7 p.m., takes visitors through the colonial town site and present the events leading to the burning of Jamestown. Details of this dramatic event unfold as visitors experience the conflict through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676. Controlled fires re-create the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on Sept. 19, 1676. The tour begins at the Tercentennial Monument overlooking the James River.

Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

Carrot Tree at the Dale House Café will be open until 7 pm for this special evening event.

These programs are presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.

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