Journey to Jamestown

Friday, April 27, 2007

Jamestown Settlement Route 31 south at Colonial Parkway, next to Historic Jamestowne. 888-593-4682 or 757-253-4838. Open daily from 9 to 5; until 6 from June 15 through Aug. 15. $13.50; $6.25 ages 6 to 12; age 5 and younger free.

Historic Jamestowne Jamestown Island, at the western end of Colonial Parkway, next to Jamestown Settlement. 757-229-1733. Gates to the park grounds, which include the Glasshouse and the Archaearium, open daily at 8:30 and close at 4:30. Once admitted, visitors may remain on the grounds until dusk. The Glasshouse is open daily from 8:30 to 5; the visitor center is open daily from 9 to 5; and the Archaearium is open daily from 9:30 to 5:30 (until 5 from Nov. 15 to March 14). Park admission is $10; age 15 and younger free; no separate admission to the Glasshouse and the Archaearium.

Anniversary Park Route 31 across from Jamestown Settlement. A temporary staging area for entertainment and educational programs associated with America's Anniversary Weekend, May 11-13. Open May 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; May 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For program information, visit

On America's Anniversary Weekend, admission to all three sites is by single-day, combination pass only: $30; $15 for ages 6 to 12; age 5 and younger free. All other times, combination passes to Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne (which include admission to nearby Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center and are available at all four sites) are $27; $17 for ages 13 to 15; $8.50 for ages 6 to 12; age 5 and younger free.

Anniversary Highlights

Selected public programs associated with Jamestown's 400th anniversary celebrations include:

Friday The exhibit "The World of 1607" opens, with four thematically different displays rotating in approximately three-month cycles, through April 2008. Jamestown Settlement.

May 11-13 America's Anniversary Weekend. Highlights include musical performances by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and South African artist Vusi Mahlasela. The three-day event concludes with a concert by a 400-piece orchestra and 1,607-voice choir, with fireworks. Anniversary Park.

May 12 at 10:30 A replica of the shallop, a 28-foot-long barge, piloted by Capt. John Smith to explore the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, will launch on the James River, retracing Smith's 121-day journey before returning Sept. 8. Historic Jamestowne.

June 2 at 7 Lecture: Joseph Miller, University of Virginia professor and African Studies Association president, presents "Journeys Through Time: African and African American Lives in Virginia." Jamestown Settlement.

July 30 First Assembly commemoration. Day-long programming related to the 1619 meeting of the first English-speaking legislative assembly in Colonial America. Historic Jamestowne.

Aug. 4 at 7 Lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin presents "The Lessons of History." Jamestown Settlement.

Aug. 20 African arrival commemoration. Day-long programming explores the history of the first Africans to arrive in Jamestown in August 1619. Historic Jamestowne.

Sept. 21-23 Bacon's Rebellion commemoration. Three days of programming related to the 1676 burning of Jamestown by Nathaniel Bacon. Historic Jamestowne.

Oct. 6 Archaeology Day. In honor of Archaeology Month in Virginia, day-long programming focuses on Historic Jamestowne's ongoing archaeological excavations, with an emphasis on children's activities. Historic Jamestowne.

Nov. 1-30 Virginia Indian Heritage Month. Special month-long programming focuses on the culture and history of Virginia's Native Americans. Jamestown Settlement.

Dec. 22-31 A Colonial Christmas. A holiday-themed film and special guided tours contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. Jamestown Settlement.

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