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County grant funds museum programming

July 19, 2014

By Steve Vaughan, The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg

July 19--JAMES CITY -- The Jamestown-Yorktown foundation will use a $100,000 grant from James City County to support a variety of public programming at Jamestown Settlement, according to an announcement this week.

"James City County's partnership is significant," said Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. "The county's support over many years has profoundly enriched the museum experience for locals and out-of-town visitors alike."

The new grant, approved in the spring as the James City County supervisors adopted the 2015 budget, will provide funding for museum special events and materials used in daily interpretations at the museum.

Among the special programs are "Community Day on the Riverfront" in September, "Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia" in November, "A Colonial Christmas" in December and "Military Through he Ages" next March.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation spokeswoman Debby Padgett said Friday that just as the city contributes to Colonial Williamsburg each year in its budget, Jamestown Settlement has received annual support from the county.

"I believe we have gotten support every year," she said. "Last year's grant went to support a new exhibition that will open shortly."

"Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe," opens September 19

Jamestown Settlement is the country's largest tourist draw after Busch Gardens, bringing in more than 400,000 visitors last year..

The museum is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway, is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 15 and daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning August 16. An introductory film and expansive permanent gallery exhibits chronicle 1600s Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures, complementing historical interpretation at the outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan village, three ships that brought English colonists in 1607 and the early colonial fort.

Residents of James City and York counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency. 2014 general admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.00 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6 through 12.


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