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March 6, 2014

You are Cordially Invited to the Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

Historic Jamestowne, with Colonial Williamsburg, and in collaboration with the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation, requests the honor of your presence in commemorating the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas' marriage to Englishman John Rolfe.
Saturday the fifth of April
Re-enacted three times throughout the day:
Half past ten o’clock in the morning
One o'clock in the afternoon
Half past three o’clock in the afternoon
The ceremony will be held within the footprint of the 1608 church in James Fort at Historic Jamestowne, the original church site where the 1614 wedding took place.

Weekend activities for all guests:
The weekend begins with a celebration supper on the eve of the wedding, hosted by the Rev. Alexander Whitaker at the Williamsburg Lodge. This special evening will begin with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The menu will feature both English and Native American foods prepared with a modern twist. The price for this evening is $95 per person and includes dinner, dessert, and coffee and tea service. Proceeds from this dinner will support the World of Pocahontas Initiative at Historic Jamestowne.

Throughout the weekend, guests are invited to participate in eyewitness presentations, tours, talks and children's activities focused on the 400th commemoration of the 1614 marriage. Visitors will also be able to explore the politics, culture, beliefs and material world of the region's indigenous peoples and English newcomers.

The celebration continues after the marriage ceremony. Visitors are invited to delve into the “World of Pocahontas” and the cultural interactions between Indians and English settlers in the emerging Atlantic World of the early 17th century. Living history programs, lectures, and tours will be held on-site throughout the year.

June 2014 marks the opening of the World of Pocahontas Exhibit at the Voorhees Archaearium, Historic Jamestowne’s archaeology museum. The exhibit showcases the archaeological finds, illustrating the life ways of Chesapeake's Indian peoples and revealing new details about the material world of Virginia's Native peoples and their adaptation and interaction with the English settlers.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.

For more information about the World of Pocahontas and full list of events, visit

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown