Daily: 12:01 am - 11:59 pm
From December 20, 2018
To December 31, 2018
Enjoy a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
“Christmastide in Virginia” at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. Enjoy festive fun with daily appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule and period musical entertainment at both museums.
“A Jamestown Christmas” holiday film and special interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of America’s first permanent English colony. In 17th-century England, the holiday season – extending from December 25 to January 6 – was a time of merriment and feasting.
Throughout the month, visitors to the outdoor living-history areas can learn about the Jamestown colony’s early years as well as the English colonists’ Christmas at sea in December 1606, and the Powhatan Indian hospitality shown to Captain John Smith’s trading party in 1608 during a winter storm. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, historical interpreters will present ongoing demonstrations on typical winter activities, including food preservation and hunting tools and techniques.
At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown visitors can see open-hearth cooking in the farm kitchen and take part in periodic candle-dipping activities.isitors can see open-hearth cooking in the farm kitchen and take part in periodic candle-dipping activities.