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February 5, 2014

Meet Virginia’s 1614 Colonial Secretary: Historic Jamestowne guests get an inside look at conditions in the 7-year-old colony

Historic Jamestowne guests meet the secretary of the Virginia colony Saturday, Feb. 8, as he shares his observations on the current condition of the fledgling settlement on the banks of the James River in 1614.

Ralph Hamor details the effort to rebuild the colony following the "Starving Time" winter of 1609-10 and the conversion of Pocahontas to Christianity. He also offers an inside look at the leadership struggles at Jamestown.

“A True Discourse of Virginia” is presented at noon and 2 p.m. and is part of The World of Pocahontas Initiative, a series of public programs, lectures and exhibits highlighting during 2014 the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe. The World of Pocahontas focuses on the events surrounding Pocahontas's capture, marriage, and voyage to England and provides a special opportunity to explore the cultural interactions between colonists and Native peoples in the emerging Atlantic World of the early 17th century.

The World of Pocahontas Initiative is presented by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne through Preservation Virginia, in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation. The World of Pocahontas Initiative receives generous support from James City County.

Adult admission to Historic Jamestowne is $14, and includes Yorktown Battlefield,. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Youngsters under age 16 receive free admission to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, telephone (757) 229-4497 or visit

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Jim Bradley