American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont
April 01 - December 31
This exhibition in the Elizabeth Ridgely and Miodrag Blagojevich Gallery highlights pieces from Read on
Exhibition Opening - Tramp Art
September 29 - September 07
Explore this intriguing art form through the study of five objects ranging from a seven-foot-tall Read on
Changing Keys: From Harpsichord to Pianoforte
November 22 - September 07
Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of Read on
January 01 - December 31
Take a 30-minute orientation walk that will help you plan your visit. Get the latest information on Read on
Your visit to Jamestown Settlement starts with 1607: A Nation Takes Root, the docudrama film that chronicles Jamestown's origins in England, the colonists' struggle to survive and thrive in Virginia, their interaction with the Powhatan Indians and the arrival in 1619 of the first Africans, from the kingdom of Ndongo in Angola.
Comprehensive gallery exhibits build on the theme of converging cultures and describe world events and social and economic conditions that led to the English colonization of America and the formation of the Virginia Company that sponsored Jamestown with a goal of earning its investors a profit. Exhibits trace the development of the Virginia colony from a humble outpost in 1607 to a politically and economically secure entity. Find out about the cultivation of tobacco, the cash crop that ensured the colony's survival, and the evolution of social and government institutions throughout the 17th century, while Jamestown served s Virginia's capital.
Outdoors, at a re-created Powhatan Indian village, learn how the Powhatans farmed, hunted, fished and gathered to obtain materials needed for housing, clothing and food. Take part in activities Pocahontas would have helped with as a child, like grinding corn and making cordage.
At the museum pier, board the Susan Constant, Godspeed, or Discovery, replicas of the three ships that transported the original Jamestown colonists to Virginia in 1607. A seasonal riverfront discovery area provides information about European, Virginia Indian and African economic activities associated with water, including navigation, boatbuilding, fishing, commodities and trade.
Within a triangular wooden palisade, re-created James Fort interprets the settlement during 1610-14, reflecting its military and commerical character. See a "settler" load and fire a matchlock musket, a blacksmith forge tools or a carpenter work with wood. Gift shops and cafe on museum premises. Combination ticket available year-round with the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
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