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In the Trenches Tours are conducted at 10:00 am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, April through October.

Join a small inside and up-close group tour of the Lost 1607 James Fort led by Dr. William Kelso, Director of the Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project since 1994. Your reserved place in this special group allows you to come under the ropes to walk the surface of the ground once trod by Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and Queen Elizabeth II -- now the very soil being dug by Historic Jamestowne archaeologists. You share the once in a lifetime "moment of discovery" as a part of America's birthplace sees the first light of day in over 400 years.

Tour members must purchase a tour ticket online in advance or at the Visitor Center by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.

The price is $40, which includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Tour members must dress according to weather predictions. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by Preservation Virginia.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Price:
$40
Contact:
757-229-4997, ext. 100
Curator's Artifact Tours are conducted at 3:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month beginning April 10 through October. Tours start from the Pocahontas statue.

Senior archaeological curator Bly Straube provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the artifact collection of James Fort. This 90-minute guided program begins with a brief overview of the Jamestown Rediscovery project and offers a rare glimpse of the vault where more than one million artifacts recovered during excavations are housed. Straube will highlight important finds and discuss how artifacts tell the story of Jamestown's early years. After the tour, guests will have time to explore the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium where galleries of selected archaeological artifacts are displayed.

Tour members must purchase a tour ticket online in advance or at the Visitor Center by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the tour. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by Preservation Virginia.

The price is $40, which includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Note: Due to limited space and the fragile nature of artifacts in the laboratory, this tour is restricted to 10 people. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Price:
$40
Location:
Tour meets at Pocahontas statue.
Contact:
757-229-4997, ext. 100
In commemoration of Virginia Archaeology Month, guests meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about the discoveries made at the James Fort site during the 2014 field season. The day will also include historic trades demonstrations, living history programs, and special tours. Programs offered throughout the day include:
  • The Buried Truth: Share in the moment of discovery at the original 1607 James Fort. Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists are onsite to highlight the finds of the 2014 field season at the fort site.
  • Native Foodways of the Chesapeake: Enjoy demonstrations of Algonquian cooking and foodways.
  • "our established friendship with the Naturalls": It's October of 1614 as you meet and visit with Aquintan, one of Pocahontas brothers and Edward Brewster, captain of the guard at James Fort. Learn about the early relationships between the colonists and Virginia Indians who met at Jamestowne.
  • Forged in History: Blacksmiths demonstrate iron smelting, one of the trades practiced by the early settlers.
  • Artifact Adventures at the Archaearium: Join archaeological conservators to learn how artifacts make it from the field to exhibit and learn about the tools used to conserve them at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Assist archaeologists sorting through the smallest excavated material to find animal bones, shell and seeds for clues to fort life in the 17th century.
  • Special Children’s Activities: Explore archaeology and history through hands-on engagement.
Archaeology-themed tours will be offered throughout the day:
  • The History of Archaeology at Jamestown, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.and 2:30 p.m. This ranger-led tour highlights Jamestown’s role in the development of historic archaeology. Learn how those early archaeologists have shaped the science of archaeology practiced today.
  • Archaeologist Walking Tour, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Join an archaeologist for an in-depth tour of the 1607 fort site and learn about this season's excavations.
Jamestown EyeWitness Program:
  • Don Diego De Molina, Captive and Spy: Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview with those wishing to meet him at 3:45 pm but beware - he is alleged to be a Spanish spy!
Glass House of 1608
While onsite, guests are invited to visit the Jamestown Glasshouse of 1608 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12 for special activities and demonstrations highlighting the importance of the glass industry and its development at Jamestown. Glassblowers make 17th-century German style drinking vessels and demonstrate the Italian glass techniques using colored glass rods to make delicate designs. In addition, there will be opportunities to observe how 17th-century window pane glass was made, create a design that the glassblowers will make and participate in a raffle for prizes.

Archaeology Day is sponsored by The Edward Maria Wingfield Endowment Fund, established by The Wingfield Family Society to honor Wingfield as soldier, investor and Jamestown's first president.
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Spaniard Diego de Molina has spent the last two and a half years as a prisoner at Jamestown. He is allowed an interview with those willing to meet with him, but beware -- he is allegedly a spy. Molina was captured near Ft. Algernon as his ship anchored at the mouth of the James River. During his captivity, Jamestown has recovered from the "starving time." and a war with the Virginia Indians. The English now enjoy a tenuous peace following the capture of Pocahontas and her conversation to Protestant Christianity. Molina will no doubt dread the impact this will have on Catholic Spain in the New World.
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, ext. 100.
In the Trenches Tours are conducted at 10:00 am on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, April through October.

Join a small inside and up-close group tour of the Lost 1607 James Fort led by Dr. William Kelso, Director of the Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeological Project since 1994. Your reserved place in this special group allows you to come under the ropes to walk the surface of the ground once trod by Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and Queen Elizabeth II -- now the very soil being dug by Historic Jamestowne archaeologists. You share the once in a lifetime "moment of discovery" as a part of America's birthplace sees the first light of day in over 400 years.

Tour members must purchase a tour ticket online in advance or at the Visitor Center by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.

The price is $40, which includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Tour members must dress according to weather predictions. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by Preservation Virginia.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Price:
$40
Contact:
757-229-4997, ext. 100
Curator's Artifact Tours are conducted at 3:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month beginning April 10 through October. Tours start from the Pocahontas statue.

Senior archaeological curator Bly Straube provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the artifact collection of James Fort. This 90-minute guided program begins with a brief overview of the Jamestown Rediscovery project and offers a rare glimpse of the vault where more than one million artifacts recovered during excavations are housed. Straube will highlight important finds and discuss how artifacts tell the story of Jamestown's early years. After the tour, guests will have time to explore the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium where galleries of selected archaeological artifacts are displayed.

Tour members must purchase a tour ticket online in advance or at the Visitor Center by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the tour. Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by Preservation Virginia.

The price is $40, which includes a 7-Day Admission Ticket to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

Note: Due to limited space and the fragile nature of artifacts in the laboratory, this tour is restricted to 10 people. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Price:
$40
Location:
Tour meets at Pocahontas statue.
Contact:
757-229-4997, ext. 100
Join members of the Pamunkey Tribe as they explore the past and present of Virginia's native peoples during a special roundtable discussion. The 2014 World of Pocahontas programming commemorates the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas's marriage and the seventeenth-century cultural exchange of the emerging Atlantic world. Tribal members of Pocahontas's natal community will provide perspectives on Virginia's contemporary tribes, traditional cultures, and plans for the future.

Price:
Free
Location:
Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
326 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Contact:
1-800-HISTORY or (757)229-4997, x 100