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May 1, 2012

Historic Jamestowne Offers Regal Tour and Tea

Guests receive the royal treatment during the program, “The Queen’s Tour and Tea,”at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at Historic Jamestowne. Senior archaeological curator Bly Straube gives guests the same tour that she gave to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium during Her Majesty’s visit to Virginia in 2007.

During “The Queen’s Tour,” guests get a look at the archaeological displays at the museum and hear the unique stories behind some of Straube’s favorite artifacts. Straube has been with the Jamestown Rediscovery project from its beginning in 1994 and is an internationally recognized expert in 17th-century material culture.

Before the tour begins, guests enjoy delicacies prepared by Carrot Tree Kitchens and paired with Harney & Sons gourmet teas at the Dale House Café.

Admission is $32 for adults, youth and children.

For tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY. For information, call (757) 229-4997 or visit

Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture May 17

Straube also speaks at the Historic Jamestowne Spring Lecture Series on “Surprises from the Soil: The Material World of America’s Birthplace.” She highlights the new stories objects tell at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

Until 1994 and the archaeological discovery of James Fort, it was generally believed that there would be no new information surfacing about the early years for England’s first successful transatlantic colony. With the rediscovery of the fort, more than a million artifacts have been uncovered related to the men, women and children comprising the fabric of early Jamestown life.

General admission tickets are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location or by calling 1-800-HISTORY or the Museum Store at (757) 220-7693. It is recommended that guests pick up their tickets by 5:15 p.m. and take their seats in Hennage Auditorium.

These programs are presented by Historic Jamestowne and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Va.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Preservation Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation formed a new collaboration in the fall of 2010 with the goal of connecting the histories of Jamestown and Williamsburg through compelling stories of discovery, diversity and democracy. This initiative brings together experts from Historic Jamestowne and Colonial Williamsburg to enhance public archaeology and create a broader, more cohesive guest experience.

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 with 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 culture, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Its mission is directly consistent with and supportive of Article XI of the Constitution of Virginia to protect the historical sites and buildings in the Commonwealth benefiting both the Commonwealth and the nation. Preservation Virginia provides leadership, experience, influence and services to the public and special audiences by saving, managing, and protecting historic places, and developing preservation policy, programs, and strategies with individuals, organizations, and local, state, and national partners.

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. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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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