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., 08/24/2019
E.g., 08/24/2019
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Mariner's Museum
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
August 24, 2019, 9am - 12pm

Come hear how the Commonwealth has been shaped by its many waterways!

On Saturday, August 24, The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) will present an insightful and illuminating seminar at The Mariners' Museum and Park about how Virginia's extensive network of bays and rivers has influenced and continues to impact the lives and commerce of Commonwealth citizens over the past 400 years.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
November 3, 2018, 10am - 4pm
August 24, 2019, 10am - 4pm

Historic Jamestowne celebrates American Indian Month: Native American Material Culture Tour, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, & 3:00 pm: Join this special hour-long archaeology walking tour focused on the presence of native peoples in James Fort during the first few years of the settlement. Hear about how finding Native American artifacts in key fort-period features is providing important insights into the impact the Powhatan had on the English lifestyle in Virginia.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Bassett Hall
522 E Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Wednesday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 19 - August 31, 2019, 10am - 12pm

Come make your own theorem piece of folk art in the cottage at Bassett Hall. Tour the House and see the theorems, a favorite folk art form collected by Abby A. Rockefeller. Family members will have an opportunity to create a piece of folk art to take home. Tour Bassett Hall and then drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems and make your own to take home. Theorems were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Wednesday, Saturday, ends on Aug 31, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 25, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Sunday, August 25, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters and Petite Cafe
411 Main Street Yorktown 23690
August 25 - 26, 2019, 4pm - 5pm

Sunday Afternoon Yorktown Lecture with Historian, J. Michael Moore "Yorktown in Bygone Days" Sunday Afternoon Series: Innovators and Entrepreneurs August 25, 2019, 4:00pm $25/person includes admission and 1 drink of choice Join author and historian J. Michael Moore as he continues his discussion of the colorful individuals who made this village famous. This month Michael will discuss a variety of compelling people who influenced the course of history.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, August 26, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Monday, August 26, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Monday, August 26, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Monday, August 26, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters and Petite Cafe
411 Main Street Yorktown 23690
August 25 - 26, 2019, 4pm - 5pm

Sunday Afternoon Yorktown Lecture with Historian, J. Michael Moore "Yorktown in Bygone Days" Sunday Afternoon Series: Innovators and Entrepreneurs August 25, 2019, 4:00pm $25/person includes admission and 1 drink of choice Join author and historian J. Michael Moore as he continues his discussion of the colorful individuals who made this village famous. This month Michael will discuss a variety of compelling people who influenced the course of history.

Monday, August 26, 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Bassett Hall
522 E Francis St Williamsburg 23185
Every Wednesday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
June 19 - August 31, 2019, 10am - 12pm

Come make your own theorem piece of folk art in the cottage at Bassett Hall. Tour the House and see the theorems, a favorite folk art form collected by Abby A. Rockefeller. Family members will have an opportunity to create a piece of folk art to take home. Tour Bassett Hall and then drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems and make your own to take home. Theorems were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Wednesday, Saturday, ends on Aug 31, 2019
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606
February 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020, 9am - 5pm

The Mariners' Museum and Park will feature its newest exhibition, Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography until September 30, 2020, showcasing never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers.

This exhibition details the incredible evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. Come see this one-of-a-kind maritime collection!

Thursday, August 29, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street Yorktown 23690
Repeats Daily.
June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020, 9am - 5pm

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War through interactive elements and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar. Follow the forgotten stories of African Americans who enlisted as soldiers for the American cause for a free and independent nation and those who joined British forces with the promise of obtaining their own freedom.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Mar 22, 2020
Historic Jamestowne
1368 Colonial Parkway Jamestown 23081
June 1 - September 2, 2019, 11am - 4pm

The education "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.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 -
11:00am to 4:00pm

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