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January 23, 2012

“Life at James Fort” Offers Insight into Survival of Early Settlers at Jamestown

Guests meet 17th-century resident, Anas Todkill, and learn about his experiences as one of the first English settlers at Jamestown during the program, “‘All of Our Provision was brought Ashore’; Life at James Fort.” This event takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at the Voorhees Archaearium located at Historic Jamestowne.

Guests explore many unique objects such as arms and armor, ceramics, tools and trade items that were important to a settler’s survival. With Todkill as a guide, guests also learn about explorations of the area, the settler’s relationships with the new world and the Virginia Indians who lived in it.

This program is presented by Historic Jamestowne and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. The admission fee of $10 per adult includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Parks passes are accepted and Preservation

Virginia members also are admitted free. Please call (757) 229-4997 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org for more information.

Guests may want to expand their visit to include the sites in America’s Historic Triangle. The America’s Historic Triangle Ticket enables guests to visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, museums and programs, Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center as many times as they want over a seven-day period. Tickets are $81 for adults and $35 for youth ages 6-17. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit/planYourVisit/ticketPlans/triangleTicket.cfm.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Preservation Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation formed a new collaboration in the fall of 2010 with the goal of connecting the histories of Jamestown and Williamsburg through compelling stories of discovery, diversity and democracy. This initative brings together experts from Historic Jamestowne and Colonial Williamsburg to enhance public archaeology and create a broader, more cohesive guest experience.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site’s archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along with the scenic James River. For further information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia’s culture, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Its mission is directly consistent with and supportive of Article XI of the Constitution of Virginia to protect the historical sites and buildings in the Commonwealth benefiting both the Commonwealth and the nation. Preservation Virginia provides leadership, experience, influence and services to the public and special audiences by saving, managing, and protecting historic places, and developing preservation policy, programs, and strategies with individuals, organizations, and local, state, and national partners. www.preservationvirginia.org.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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