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"all our provision was brought a shore": Life at James Fort

January 3, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne partner to offer a family program exploring objects used by Virginia's first English settlers.

Anas Todkill portrayed by Willie Balderson
Anas Todkill portrayed by Willie Balderson
Meet Anas Todkill and learn about his experiences as one of the first English settlers at Jamestown. Feel free to drop in anytime during this family-friendly program at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium on Saturday, January 26, and Saturday, February 23, from 11 am - 3 pm at Historic Jamestowne.

With Todkill as the guide, guests will have opportunities to explore many unique objects such as arms and armor, ceramics, tools, and trade items that were important to a settler's survival. Guests will also learn about explorations of the area, the settlers' relationships with the New World, and the Virginia Indians who lived in it.

Todkill is portrayed by Willie Balderson, Colonial Williamsburg's manager of public history development.

This program is free with admission to Historic Jamestowne and 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.

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