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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
12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Bill Warder, NPS Interpretive Park Ranger, will discuss the historical evidence for the April 5, 1614 wedding at Jamestown. The rediscovery of the 1610 church site by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists in 2010, along with primary source documentation, provides confirmation for a James Fort wedding.

Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, x 100.
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
It is April 3, 1614 as you join Edward Brewster, the captain of the guard at James Fort, as he meets with two of Pocahontas's "brothers" Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan, to discuss the pending marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Pocahontas has recently returned from a visit to Powhatan’s village where the English took her to show her father that "his daughter was very well and kindly treated." Two of her brothers were "much rejoiced" and have promised to persuade their father to "conclude a firm peace forever." Perhaps these representatives can agree to terms of peace during the wedding.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).

Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, x 100.
Historic Jamestowne's World of Pocahontas Lecture Series continues with a presentation by historian and author Daniel Richter as he offers a perspective on our definitions of "old" and "new" worlds. The lecture is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

It has often been said that the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe united people from the Old World and the New. But which was which? For Pocahontas, presumably, America was the old world and England was the new one. And for both Pocahontas and Rolfe, rapid social changes were reshaping familiar ways of life in ways, making each of their old worlds new. Richter will explore how expanding our definitions of "old" and "new" worlds can enhance our understanding of early seventeenth-century cultural encounters.

Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his research and teaching focus on colonial North America and on Native American history before 1800. Richter is author of Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts (Harvard University Press, 2011), which was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2011; Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (Harvard University Press, 2001), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History and won the 2001-02 Louis Gottschalk Prize in Eighteenth-Century History; and The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (University of North Carolina Press, 1992).

General admission tickets for this lecture are $6 for adults and free for students (ID required for entry and admittance is subject to space availability). For tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Price:
$6 for adults and free for students (ID required for entry and admittance is subject to space availability)
Location:
Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
326 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Contact:
(757) 229-4997, x 100. For tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY.
1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Join Reverend Alexander Whitaker as he discusses tomorrow's wedding of John Rolfe to Pocahontas with two of Pocahontas's "brothers" Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan. Whitaker arrived in Virginia in 1611 and was in the colony last year when Captain Samuel Argall captured Pocahontas and brought her to Jamestown. Whitaker has since taken an interest in her spirituality and well-being, and has made efforts to spread Christianity to the Native population. His hope is that the conversion and marriage of Pocahontas will bring peace and good fortune to Jamestown.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
Noon and 2:00 PM
Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator for Jamestown Rediscovery, will examine early 17th-century wedding customs practiced by the English and by the Virginia Indians. Artifacts reflective of the “labyrinth of love” from James Fort and other 17th-century Virginia sites will also be discussed.

Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, x 100.
Join us for a celebration supper on the eve of the most famous wedding in American history! It's April 4, 1614, and the Reverend Alexander Whitaker has invited you to dine. Pocahontas has been living with the English for nearly a year and has since taken to English ways and adopted the Christian faith. Now she is to be married to the Englishman John Rolfe. In honor of this happy occasion, and with the Reverend's hope that this marriage will establish a lasting peace with the Powhatan people, he has invited two of Pocahontas' brothers, several prominent colonists, and You to celebrate.

This special evening will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The menu will feature both English and Native American foods prepared with a modern twist. The price for this special evening is $95.00 per person, which includes dinner, dessert and coffee and tea service. An optional cash bar will be available. Tickets are on sale now through Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY or click here to purchase online.

Proceeds from this dinner will support the World of Pocahontas Initiative, a series of public programs, lectures and an exhibit commemorating the 400th anniversary of the 1614 marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne. The World of Pocahontas Initiative is presented by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Preservation Virginia, in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation. Special appreciation is extended to Donald and Elaine Bogus for their generous support of this evening's celebration.
Price:
$95
Location:
The Colony Room , Williamsburg Lodge
310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA
Contact:
1-800-HISTORY
10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Be an eyewitness to the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe at the original church site where the 1614 wedding took place. Commemorate this 400th anniversary of the marriage at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. In 2010, archaeologists uncovered the location of the 1608 church, the site of the marriage, inside James Fort. Visitors can also participate in a series of eyewitness living history programs, lectures, and tours throughout the day. These programs explore the politics, culture, beliefs, and material world of the region's indigenous peoples and English newcomers. Preservation Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation will host the commemoration.
Price:
Free with paid admission.
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Join Martha Sizemore, housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, as she shares her thoughts on the recent marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. It has been a year since Captain Samuel Argall lured Pocahontas onto his boat and brought her to Jamestown. As a ward of the colony, Reverend Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas's spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. Martha watched as Pocahontas slowly grew more accepting of English ways, wearing English clothes, taking the English name "Rebecca" and then marrying the widower John Rolfe. Martha will share many of the conversations she has overheard.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, ext. 100.
12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Bill Warder, NPS Interpretive Park Ranger, will discuss the historical evidence for the April 5, 1614 wedding at Jamestown. The rediscovery of the 1610 church site by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists in 2010, along with primary source documentation, provides confirmation for a James Fort wedding.

Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, x 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
12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
The April 5 marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe was to establish a lasting peace between the Native peoples of Virginia and the colonists. Join Edward Brewster, the captain of the guard at James Fort as he meets with two of Pocahontas's "brothers" Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan, to discuss what must be done to maintain the current peace.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
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
10:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The April 5 marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe established a peace between the Native peoples of Virginia and the colonists. Meet Captain Argall as he relates his role in the events that brought about this peace. Argall is an experienced sea captain who in 1613 lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. Argall had hoped to ransom Pocahontas but the negotiations failed, and Pocahontas adopted many of the ways of the English, falling in love with John Rolfe and marrying him.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
10:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Join Martha Sizemore, housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, as she shares her thoughts on the recent marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. It has been a year since Captain Samuel Argall lured Pocahontas onto his boat and brought her to Jamestown. As a ward of the colony, Reverend Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas's spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. Martha watched as Pocahontas slowly grew more accepting of English ways, wearing English clothes, taking the English name "Rebecca" and then marrying the widower John Rolfe. Martha will share many of the conversations she has overheard.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).
Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997.
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
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Meet Ralph Hamor, secretary of the Virginia colony in 1614, as he offers his observations on the current condition of the settlement. Hamor will relate events such as his terrifying sail across the Atlantic in 1609, actions to rebuild the colony following the "starving time," and the capture, baptizing and marriage of Pocahontas to colonist John Rolfe. Hamor will offer inside look into the leadership struggles at Jamestown and recent English attempts to stabilize their fragile foothold in America.

This event is part of a series of public programs highlighting the World of Pocahontas, a special year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. This program is generously supported by James City County (VA).

Contact:
For more information call 757-229-4997, ext. 100.