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October Events at Jamestown

Though much has changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, life is far from cancelled. We just had to figure out how to adapt! Hint, hint..  our secret is embracing October Events at Jamestown!

On October 23 and 24, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are hosting Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement, a Halloween-themed museum night for kids and their families. This event has been adapted for safety with a reduced capacity, online ticketing and mandatory protective masks. 

Families will trick-or-treat in themed outdoor areas that have been transformed into extra spooky landscapes complete with pirates, witches and ghouls, carnival acrobats and strong men, classic movie monsters, haunted houses and ships, and of course, CANDY (served safely from cauldrons and treasure chests)!

This event has sold out, but don’t worry! Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum are hosting events all throughout October:

American Indian Heritage Celebration, Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11

Join in a two-day celebration of American Indian history and culture with demonstrations, music, performances, storytelling and children’s activities, including:

  • Storytelling from Grace Ostrum of the Accohannock shares an assortment of fascinating stories from various Indian nations from across America.
  • Quillwork presentations teach about this uniquely American art form that long predates European contact. Learn about quillwork’s history, regional differences, and unique techniques.
  • Children learn about games played by the Powhatan Indians during live demonstrations and discussions, and receive pre-packaged craft projects with instructions to take home and complete (while supplies last).
  • Experience the different styles and translations of powwow singing with Lowery Begay of the Diné.
  • Aztec Dancers perform as visitors experience and learn about the music, dances and regalia of the Aztec people of Mexico.

To learn more, click here.

Yorktown Victory Celebration, Saturday, October 17

This year marks the 239th anniversary of America’s 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Celebrate at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with immersive exhibits and outdoor living-history experiences, artillery firings and military programs. This year’s event has been adapted for everyone’s safety following new protocols.

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, stories of citizens and soldiers of the American Revolution unfold at the expansive history museum through immersive films, exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm. Outdoors, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors can safely interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors, take part in interpretive demonstrations, and experience the “Siege of Yorktown” experiential theater.

Click here to learn more.

Whiskey In America – Education and Libation, October 29, 7 p.m.

Curatorial director Luke Pecoraro provides a brief introduction to distilled products made in colonial America and combines information drawn from the object biography of a new acquisition for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s American Revolution Museum at Yorktown a rare, 100-gallon capacity, stamped copper still made by either Francis Sanderson Sr, a Loyalist coppersmith, or his son, Francis Sanderson Jr. The biographical details of these coppersmiths are illustrative of the spirit behind the American Revolution and the early Republic, and are placed in context with the events formative to the nation’s founding. Registration to this free virtual lecture is limited and required here.

We hope you get a chance to explore one of these awesome October events at Jamestown, where life is far from cancelled!

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