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Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement Mark 405th Anniversary of Jamestown's Founding

May 2, 2012

John Smith Statue and Jamestown Churches
John Smith Statue and Jamestown Churches
Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 405th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America's first permanent English settlement on Saturday, May 12, with family-friendly tours and activities, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music, storytelling and entertainment. A day of discovery and fun, "Jamestown Day" features Historic Jamestowne's ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement's ships sailing in the James River.

"Jamestown Day" is sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia), and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the state's Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne Schedule of Events

Ranger Walking Tour 10 a.m., Noon, 2 & 3:30 p.m.
Walk with a Park Ranger in the footsteps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, and gain unique perspectives on the history of Jamestown, including the introduction of tobacco to the colony in 1612. Continues on Sunday at 12:30, 3 & 3:30 p.m.

Archaeologist Walking Tour 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season's excavations.

St. Maries Citty Militia 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
Watch the St. Maries Citty Militia, a 17th-century re-enactment group, as they demonstrate the weapons and battlefield tactics used in protecting themselves in case of attack. Continues on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Noon & 1:30 p.m.

C-SPAN Call-In Show with Jamestowne Rediscovery Staff 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Watch it live! Archaeology Director Bill Kelso and Senior Archaeological Curator Bly Straube field questions from C-SPAN viewers around the country about the latest archaeological discoveries.

Throughout The Day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Buried Truth
Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and see the latest find -- the earliest church in British America.

Native Lifeways of the Chesapeake
Learn about the Indians of early Virginia and their interactions with the first settlers of Jamestown.

Free Enterprise and Early Industries
Experience the work of craftsmen at fort site and the Glasshouse and as they demonstrate iron smelting and glassmaking as practiced during the earliest years of Jamestown. Glasshouse demonstrations run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium
Join our archaeological conservators and explore how the artifacts make it from field to display and learn about the tools used to conserve them. Assist the archaeologists sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell, and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.

Scavenger Hunts, Period Games & More
Try a game of quoits, play Survivor: A Jamestown Adventure (free at the Visitor Center), toss your "trash" down a well, become a Junior Ranger (purchase booklet at the Visitor Center Store) and more.

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 (the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) acquired 22.5 acres in 1893 and retains the private ownership of that land. The National Park Service acquired the remaining 1500 acres on Jamestown Island in 1934.

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