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June 7, 2011

Historic Jamestowne’s Lord De La Warr Day Commemorates Survival of First Permanent English Settlement in the New World

Commemorate the anniversary of Lord De La Warr's arrival and saving of Jamestown at Historic Jamestowne from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Highlights include a re-enactment, public archaeology, American Indian presentations, historic trades demonstrations and children's activities throughout the day.

Lord De La Warr's timely arrival will be featured in a dramatic re-enactment at 11 a.m. as part of the day’s activities, which also includes archaeological excavations, 17th-century iron making demonstrations, American Indian presentations, musket demonstrations, ranger tours, children’s activities and more. A ceremonial halberd associated with Lord De La Warr’s arrival, found by archaeologists in a James Fort well, will be on display in the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium.

In 1610, the survivors of the "Starving Time" winter along with newly arrived castaways from a Bermuda shipwreck abandoned Jamestown and headed down the James River intent on returning to England. At the same time, Lord De La Warr's relief fleet with 150 new settlers had just arrived in the river and met the colonists about 10 miles from Jamestown. As Lord Governor and Captain General of Virginia, De La Warr led the colonists back to the fort and re-established the colony. Under his leadership, the foundations were laid for Jamestown to endure and prosper. Virginia survived and eventually became Britain’s wealthiest and most populous mainland colony.

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. All programs and demonstrations are included in the Colonial National Historical Park admission fee of $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. Federal Interagency Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passports to the National Parks are accepted. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.

This program is presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.

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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