June 19, 2012
Skills of Early Settlers Explored at Historic Jamestowne
Through the new program “Forge, Fire, Stitch and Shave – The Technologies That Built James Fort,” guests explore the technologies and military tactics that sustained the early settlers of James Fort. The program takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 23 at Historic Jamestowne.
Members of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades department will demonstrate and discuss the skills and techniques that were used for forging iron with fire, stitching material to make shoes, shaving wood to make barrels and creating the walls of houses. Younger settlers are invited to join Captain Brewster and several soldiers from 1612 as they recruit and drill the new arrivals, learning the technology of defense and the military discipline necessary to defend the fort from expected Spanish encroachments.
Since the rediscovery of James Fort in 1996, archaeologists have been uncovering clues that reveal how the early settlers lived, worked and survived at this frontier outpost. In this special program, guests will have the opportunity to see some of the trades practiced inside the area where the original 1607 fort stood.
The program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Admission is $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. America the Beautiful National Park passes are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4497 or visit www.historicjamestowne.org.
This program is presented jointly by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.
Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Guests 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 the scenic James River. Guests can also enjoy lunch or a snack by the James River at the Dale House Café.
Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. 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.
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.