Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, explores America's first permanent English colony through film, galleries and living history in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three English ships and 1610-14 colonial fort. Guided tours are offered daily.
Expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root, trace Jamestown's beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged in early Virginia. Outdoors, visitors can grind corn, climb aboard one of three replica ships - Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, or try on armor to experience life in the Jamestown colony.
Special programs include "Arms & Artillery" theme month in August. "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe" special exhibition opens September 19 and features a "Community Day: On the Riverfront" event on September 20. In time for the holidays, enjoy "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia" Nov. 27-29 and "A Colonial Christmas" in December.
Administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and supported by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., for private fund development.