History Events

Celebrate Colonial History

Historic attractions and Colonial sites hold events throughout the year. Find out pieces of history you didn't know before; from gossiping with a house maid to sitting at lectures about the battles of the Revolutionary War. Find your freedom at one!

E.g., 07/22/2018
E.g., 07/22/2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Sunday, July 22, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Monday, July 23, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 16 - 17, 2018, 2pm - 4pm
July 19, 2018, 2pm - 4pm
July 23, 2018, 2pm - 4pm

Drop in and enjoy an afternoon conversation with Doctor Walter Russell, the first doctor at Jamestown. Offering the difference between a "chirurgian" and a Doctor, he will explain in the greatest detail the intrigues of "Humoral Theory". And should you suffer from any aches, pains, fevers, swellings, fluxes or chills, he has been known to vet out free advices and administer blisters, purgatives, emetics and vomits to get you back to good health! Dr.

Monday, July 23, 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jul 17, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
July 17 - 20, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 24, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 27, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 31, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 3, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 10, 2018, 2pm - 3pm

Renowned historian, John Quarstein, will give a tour of the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Learn the incredible story of the USS Monitor‘s creation, battle, sinking and recovery from Mr. Quarstein, the Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Allow 35 to 40 minutes for the full tour. Reserve a spot at MarinersMuseum.org.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jul 20, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
July 26, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Every Thursday. Repeats Weekly.
August 9 - 16, 2018, 10am - 4pm

Location: Inside James Fort, weather permitting

Blacksmithing was one of the earliest trades to be practiced at Jamestown. Join Blacksmith Steve Mankowski for demonstrations and a discussion of the types of work that went on at the site of the original James Fort Forge.

Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

Thursday, July 26, 2018 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Thursday, ends on Aug 16, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Williamsburg 23185
Repeats Daily.
July 6 - 7, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Repeats Daily.
July 20 - 21, 2018, 10am - 4pm
July 27, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Repeats Daily.
August 3 - 4, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
August 10 - 31, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
September 14 - 21, 2018, 10am - 4pm
Repeats Daily.
September 28 - 29, 2018, 10am - 4pm

Location: Inside James Fort, weather permitting

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Jul 07, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
July 20 - 27, 2018, 12pm - 12:30pm
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
August 3 - 24, 2018, 12pm - 12:30pm

Join in the ranks with Captain Brewster and train to defend Jamestown! As a new recruit, learn the manual of arms for the halberd-"a most ancient and honorable pole arm"-and then march in the "Grand Parade" inside James Fort!

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Friday, ends on Jul 27, 2018
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
July 13 - August 10, 2018, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Visit the Museum on Friday afternoons to enjoy lunch in the Mariners' Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. On select Fridays throughout the summer, John will lead the conversation as we dive deep on a theme in Civil War history.

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Friday, ends on Aug 10, 2018
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
July 17 - 20, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 24, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 27, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 31, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 3, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 10, 2018, 2pm - 3pm

Renowned historian, John Quarstein, will give a tour of the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Learn the incredible story of the USS Monitor‘s creation, battle, sinking and recovery from Mr. Quarstein, the Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Allow 35 to 40 minutes for the full tour. Reserve a spot at MarinersMuseum.org.

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jul 20, 2018
Capital
500 E Duke of Gloucester st Williamsburg 23185
Every Friday. Repeats Weekly.
June 22 - August 17, 2018, 7pm - 8pm

Enjoy an evening of chamber music played by members of the Governor’s Musick.
Jefferson in Paris! The Governor’s Musick Ensemble performs a concert in the acoustically-brilliant hall of the House of Burgesses. Enjoy chamber music related to Thomas Jefferson’s visit to Paris and experience the wide variety of musical interests he embraced.

Friday, July 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Friday, ends on Aug 17, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
July 28, 2018, 10:30am - 3:30pm

"Proceedings of the Virginia Assembly, 1619" Location: Hunt Shrine, weather permitting.

Calling all burgesses! Join Governor Sir George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory for the first meeting of the General Assembly to discuss and debate the laws affecting the colony.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 -
10:30am to 3:30pm
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Saturday, July 28, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Sunday, July 29, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Monday, July 30, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
Every Tuesday, Friday. Repeats Weekly.
July 17 - 20, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 24, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 27, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
July 31, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 3, 2018, 2pm - 3pm
August 10, 2018, 2pm - 3pm

Renowned historian, John Quarstein, will give a tour of the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Learn the incredible story of the USS Monitor‘s creation, battle, sinking and recovery from Mr. Quarstein, the Director Emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Allow 35 to 40 minutes for the full tour. Reserve a spot at MarinersMuseum.org.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Tuesday, Friday, ends on Jul 20, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
Repeats Daily.
July 1 - September 3, 2018, 11am - 4pm

The Ed Shed is an interactive space where kids and families can share in the moment of discovery and examine real artifacts found at the site. Enjoy an array of hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or screening for artifacts, to learn more about the importance of archaeology and conservation. At the "sorting and picking" station, lend a hand and help the archaeological team by combing through excavated material to discover the tiniest clues to fort life in the 17th century!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Sep 03, 2018

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