November 19, 2018 - Be thankful, be grateful. Appreciate America’s past this holiday season with centuries-old traditions at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Every season of the year, take in the story of the Jamestown colony through dramatic films, interactive exhibits and historical interpretation in re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, where a new exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” explores little-known stories of women in the Virginia colony. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, tales of citizens and soldiers come alive through immersive gallery exhibits, films and interactive experiences in outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Hear the rumble of cannon fire while examining period artillery and implements in the ongoing exhibition, "Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence." 

Explore Centuries-Old Cooking Methods at 'Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia'
November 22-24


From clay pots to iron kettles, discover the centuries-old tools and cooking methods used to prepare and preserve food in colonial times during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event starting on Thanksgiving Day. Jamestown Settlement historical interpreters show how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, programs examine typical soldiers’ fare during the Revolutionary War and trace the bounty of a period farm from field to kitchen.

Christmastide in Virginia

 ‘Christmastide in Virginia’ Recalls
Colonial Holiday Traditions
December 20-31


Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are celebrated during “Christmastide in Virginia,” with special interpretive programs and period musical entertainment, along with daily appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief.” Jamestown Settlement interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs with how English colonists may have observed the season in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of winter in a Continental Army encampment and glimpse holiday preparations at a period farm.

 ‘TENACITY’ Special Exhibition at
Jamestown Settlement Reveals Little-Known Stories of Women in Colony


TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” a new special yearlong exhibition at Jamestown Settlement, shares little-known, personal stories of real women in Jamestown and the early Virginia colony and their tenacious spirit and impact on a fledgling society. Through interactive experiences and rare artifacts – some on display for the first time in America – discover stories of Virginia Indian, Angolan and English women in the Virginia colony. “TENACITY” is a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of Virginia historical events in 1619.

Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence

Set Your Sights on 'Blast from the Past' Exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

 

Take in the size and scope of artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by American, French and British forces in the ongoing “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Through interactive elements and cannon and mortars on display, the special exhibition explores a range of topics from innovations in artillery design and technology to the individual roles of an artillery crew. After the exhibit, take in a daily artillery demonstration in the museum’s Continental Army encampment and see historical interpreters fire the weapon. 

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Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Christmas and New Year's days. Jamestown Settlement admission is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. American Revolution Museum at Yorktown admission is $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-12. Save 20% with a combination ticket to both museums: $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12. An annual pass to both museums is $38.00 for adults and $19.00 for ages 6-12; special online offer available for Virginia residents. A variety of  tickets and packages available with Williamsburg area attractions. Children under 6 and locals admitted free. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit www.historyisfun.org
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