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May 11, 2010

Special Walking Tour Explores Four Centuries of Jamestowne During Jamestown Day

Guests explore the history of Jamestown and the historic events that have occurred on the island during the 45-minute walking tour, “Four Centuries of Jamestowne History,” at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, Jamestown Day. While walking in the shadow of the “old fort,” a tour guide leads guests through time from the first settlement in 1607 to the dedication of the Memorial Church in 1907. Along the way, guests meet some of the characters that were witness to the events that have made Jamestown Island a unique historic place.

Jamestown Day, a jointly sponsored event at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, features maritime demonstrations, military drills, archaeology, and programs on English and Powhatan Indian contact, exploration and discovery marking the 404th anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony.

This special Jamestown Day walking tour is included in the regular admission to Historic Jamestowne, but space is limited and free reservations are required. Please call 1-800-HISTORY to make reservations. This special program is presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.

Historic Jamestowne admission is $10 per adult and also includes Yorktown Battlefield, part of the Colonial National Historical Park. Children under age 16 are admitted free. Federal Interagency Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passports to the National Parks are accepted. Preservation Virginia members also receive free admission. For more information, call (757) 229-0412.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
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