Posts Tagged ‘jamestown’
December 3, 2013
Historic Jamestowne is planning a special event on April 5, 2014 – the reenacted wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, marking the 400th anniversary of the legendary nuptials. In a collaboration between Historic Jamestowne and the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center, Pocahontas’ wedding jacket also will be recreated with help from volunteers.
Embroiderers of all skill levels are needed to help finish the garment.
“This is the first time Jamestowne has done this kind of project,” said Julie Zellers-Frederick, Preservation Virginia’s volunteer coordinator. “We are calculating 300 work hours to make the jacket.”
The replicated garment will be based on the Falkland Jacket in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. While the exact jacket piece is not known, the Falkland Jacket dates from the same time period and is representative of the kind of jacket Pocahontas might have worn for the occasion.
The jacket will be black embroidery on white linen, with depictions of mythical and realistic creatures, flowers, insects, fish and other animals specific to Virginia. The original Falkland Jacket is embroidered with pictures of mythical and realistic animals.
Applicants will be sent a sample swatch of fabric to complete, on which they will demonstrate the types of stitches required.
Volunteer embroiderers are invited to contact Julie Zellers-Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-856-1259.
October 1, 2013
Motorists planning to travel to Colonial Williamsburg should be aware that portions of the Colonial Parkway may close unexpectedly due to the government shutdown. According to the National Park Service, the parkway will be closed in phases, beginning with the portion between Jamestown and Route 199/Kingspoint.
More sections will be closed as the government shutdown remains in effect. In addition, all recreational areas along the parkway will be closed to public use during the shutdown.
A portion of the Parkway — between Route 199 at Kings Point to Jamestown Island — was closed early Tuesday, Oct. 1. Motorists were stopped and asked to turn around at a barricade manned by police.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the access road to Colonial Parkway in front of the Victory Center will be closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. However, the section between Route 199 and Jamestown Island will be reopened at that time.
According to the National Park Service, there will be no park activities allowed during the shutdown.
Other closures around Colonial Williamsburg that will be in effect during the shutdown, according to the National Park Service, include:
- Historic Jamestowne: All areas and facilities are closed to the public, including the visitor center, glasshouse and Island Drive.
- Yorktown Battlefield: All areas and facilities are closed to the public, including the visitor center, tour roads, Moore and Nelson Houses, beach picnic area, and parking lots and concessions in Yorktown.
- Cape Henry Memorial: All National Park Service areas are closed to the public.
February 22, 2012
In this program, 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 our provision was brought ashore’: Life at James Fort.” This drop-in program takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Voorhees Archaearium located at Historic Jamestowne.
September 12, 2011
August 15, 2011
A broken helmet is discarded and forgotten, only to be resurrected 400 years later by curious archaeologists on Jamestown Island. Listen as curator Michael Lavin describes the effort in this week’s podcast.
June 9, 2011
Commemorate the anniversary of Lord De La Warr’s arrival and saving of Jamestown at Historic Jamestowne from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Highlights include a re-enactment, public archaeology, American Indian presentations, historic trades demonstrations and children’s activities throughout the day.
Lord De La Warr’s timely arrival will be featured in a dramatic re-enactment at 11 a.m. as part of the day’s activities, which also includes archaeological excavations, 17th-century iron making demonstrations, American Indian presentations, musket demonstrations, ranger tours, children’s activities and more. A ceremonial halberd associated with Lord De La Warr’s arrival, found by archaeologists in a James Fort well, will be on display in the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium.
This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. All programs and demonstrations are included in the Colonial National Historical Park admission fee of $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. Federal Interagency Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passports to the National Parks are accepted. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.