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., 10/21/2017
E.g., 10/21/2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
York County Historical Museum
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
October 2 - 30, 2017

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Oct 30, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
York County Historical Museum
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
October 2 - 30, 2017

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Oct 30, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
York County Historical Museum
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
October 2 - 30, 2017

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Oct 30, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
October 27, 2017, 5pm - 6pm

“Oh say can you see” are the familiar and powerful first words of a poem written by 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. The poem, inspired by the Battle of Baltimore eventually became America's national Anthem. Join Francis Scott Key as he recounts the events that inspired his hand and musicians Kelly Kennedy and John Turner as they share popular songs from the first quarter of the 19th century.

Friday, October 27, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, October 28, 2017
York County Historical Museum
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
October 2 - 30, 2017

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Oct 30, 2017
Virginia Living Museum
October 28, 2017, 2:30pm

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
Without a navy when the Civil War erupted, the Confederacy sought new technologies to defend their ports and rivers. Consequently, they developed a system of torpedoes, which aided their defense, sinking several Union ironclads, gunboats, and transports.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2:30pm
Historic Jamestowne
October 28, 2017, 6:45pm - 9:15pm

Peer into the world of our 17th-century ancestors and learn what scared them the most. A unique opportunity to see Jamestown Island aglow with firelight, Tales of “The Devill, the Witches, & the Enchanters… ”: A Haunted Evening at Historic Jamestowne will be presented on Saturday, October 28, at 6:45pm and 8:15pm. Hear actual eyewitness accounts of conjurations and witchcraft from 17th-century Virginia, brought to life through character interpretations.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
6:45pm to 9:15pm
Monday, October 30, 2017
York County Historical Museum
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Repeats Weekly.
October 2 - 30, 2017

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:00am
Repeats every 1 week(s) on:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, ends on Oct 30, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Friday, November 17, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 -
9:00am to 10:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Brickmaker
Repeats Daily.
November 15 - 18, 2017, 9am - 10pm
November 19, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Fall is time to fire the bricks! Stop by and see how up to 20,000 hand-molded bricks are fired at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The bricks, made by the brickmakers with the help of guests, will be used in all sorts of projects around town. Chat with the brickmakers as they work round the clock for five days to keep the kiln fires burning.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 18, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
November 23 - 25, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
November 23 - 25, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, November 24, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 25, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
November 23 - 25, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Nov 25, 2017
Friday, December 01, 2017
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

At American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampment and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-era farm. Holiday programs complement 17th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement.

Friday, December 1, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule.

Friday, December 1, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Dec 31, 2017
Saturday, December 02, 2017
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

At American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampment and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-era farm. Holiday programs complement 17th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Dec 31, 2017
Sunday, December 03, 2017
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

At American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampment and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-era farm. Holiday programs complement 17th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Jamestown Settlement
Repeats Daily.
December 1 - 31, 2017, 9am - 5pm

Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Repeats every 1 days, ends on Dec 31, 2017

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