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Historic Jamestowne

  • “I Support Jamestown Rediscovery” T-Shirt

    Show your support for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project with this new t-shirt design. Similar to the ones our archaeologists wear on site, this 100% cotton shirt is navy blue with yellow logo design. Back is shown. Front of t-shirt has…


  • “I, Too, Am America”: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life

    The moral mission archaeology set in motion by black activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought to tell the story of Americans, particularly African Americans, forgotten by the written record. Today, the archaeological study of African-American life is no longer…


  • A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America

    Cited in virtually every colonial-era site study of North America, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America holds a place of honor among historical archaeologists. It is a classic, highly sought-after handbook for the professional archaeologist, museum curator,…


  • Captain John Smith Statuette

    This statuette of Captain John Smith is based on a statue of him at Historic Jamestowne. Captain Smith's leadership in the early years of the colony probably saved it from extinction.


  • Francis Nicholson Wine Bottle

    In July of 2004 Archaeologists at Historic Jamestowne uncovered a brick-lined cellar filled with 300-year-old intact glass wine bottles. One of the bottles bears a personal seal that may have belonged to a former Virginia governor. Visitors to…


  • Getting Started in Genealogy Online

    Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner's guide, its 64 pages pack more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of…


  • Historic Jamestowne Coaster

    Stoneware coaster featuring a detail of a 17th-century spy map depicting James Fort. The map was drawn in 1608 by Don Pedro Zuñiga, Spanish ambassador to England, who secretly sent the map to King Philip III to keep…


  • Historic Jamestowne Coasters—Set of 4

    Set of 4 stoneware coasters featuring a detail of a 17th-century spy map depicting James Fort. The map was drawn in 1608 by Don Pedro Zuñiga, Spanish ambassador to England, who secretly sent the map to King Philip…


  • Historic Jamestowne Hat

    This hat bears the Historic Jamestowne logo and has an adjustable leather strap to fit almost any size head. Perfect for the history buff or as a keepsake to remember your visit to America's Birthplace.


  • Historic Jamestowne Sterling Silver Charm Border Ware Jug

    This sterling silver charm is a miniature representation of artifacts and icons relevant to Historic Jamestowne.  The charm is a miniature of an early-seventeenth century Border ware jug found by archaeologists.


  • Historic Jamestowne Sterling Silver Charm Strachey Crest

    This sterling silver charm is a miniature representation of artifacts and icons relevant to Historic Jamestowne.  The eagle depicted on this charm is part of the Strachey family crest. This eagle was found on a ring excavated at Historic Jamestowne…


  • Historic Jamestowne Sterling Silver Charm Zuniga Scroll Map

    This sterling silver charm is a miniature representation of artifacts and icons relevant to Historic Jamestowne.  The Zuniga Scroll Map charm bears a depiction of James Fort drawn by the Spanish Spy Don Pedro Zuñiga in 1608.


  • Historic Sites in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Essex County: A Guide

    This is an indispensible Guide for those who have an active or potential interest in the rich history of the Northern Neck region of Virginia and its historic sites. This six-county Tidewater region includes the birthplaces of George Washington, James…


  • In Search of your British and Irish Roots

    Whether you conduct your research in person or by mail, this celebrated manual -- now in its Fourth Edition -- will guide you in finding your ancestors in Britain or Ireland. Noted genealogist Angus Baxter provides detailed instructions for locating…


  • In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life

    History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in…


  • Jackware Pint Bulge

    Leather Blackjack mugs were in common use in England and her colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Blackjacks varied in size from one pint or less to several gallons. Often their shape included a spout for pouring. Our mugs…


  • Jamestown, The Buried Truth (Book)

    What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are…


  • Jamestown: Postcard History Series

    The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History series is Jamestown from local author Catherine E. Dean. The book boasts more than 200 vintage postcards and memories of days gone by.

    In May 1607, three ships arrived at…


  • Jamestown: The Buried Truth (DVD)

    May 1607. One hundred four men and boys conclude a five-month voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Their mission is to find a route to the Orient, convert native peoples to Christianity, discover gold, and export raw…


  • Jamestowne Survivor Game

    Developed in cooperation with Historic Jamestowne, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Chatham Hill Games, this educational game of cooperation and strategy has players take the role of English colonists arriving in Virginia, May 1607. All must work together to manage their…


  • Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia

    In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River;…


  • Pocahontas’ Earrings

    These earrings are modeled on a pair in the Preservation Virginia collection that descended in the Rolfe family with a tradition of ownership by Pocahontas. The originals are larger and are made of mussel shell, silver, and steel.

    Pocahontas, the…


  • Reading Early American Handwriting

    This book is designed to teach you how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research. It explains techniques for reading early American documents, provides samples of alphabets and letter forms, and defines terms…


  • Redware Puzzle Jug

    The Puzzle jug was an English drinking game from the 17th century. The trick was to cover up the right holes while drinking or the contents of the jug would be spilled down the front of the drinker. This example…


  • Sterling Silver Reproduction Earpickers

    A status symbol and hygienic tool, this ear picker/tooth cleaner was found at the James Fort site by APVA Preservation Virginia archaeologists. The 17th-century English knew about plaque, which they called scale or surf, and were encouraged by…


  • Stuart Coat of Arms Ornament

    Queen Elizabeth presented the coat of arms that hangs inside the Jamestown Memorial Church to the APVA in 1957. King James was a Stuart. The two quotes in French translate to "God and my right," the royal motto, and "Shamed…


  • The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia

    The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia portrays the cultural and physical transitions taking place in the 1800s, including consumer goods, ethnic diversity, industry, Civil War battlefield preservation, and the settlement of western Virginia.


  • The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy

    By law and by custom, women's individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts,…


  • The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Their Traditional Culture

    Among the aspects of Powhatan life that Helen Rountree describes in vivid detail are hunting and agriculture, territorial claims, warfare and treatment of prisoners, physical appearance and dress, construction of houses and towns, education of youths, initiation rites, family and…


  • The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne, An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey

    In The Virginia Adventure, Noël Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official…


  • Tidewater Virginia Families

    Covering an incredible 375 years, this book sets forth the genealogical history of some forty families who have their roots in Tidewater Virginia, families whose very history mirrors the social development of Virginia itself. Starting with the earliest colonial settler,…


  • William Strachey Signet Ring

    This gold ring bears the crest of the Strachey family and is a replica of a brass ring found in the southeastern bulwark of James Fort. William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony in 1610, was shipwrecked on Bermuda…


  • Written In Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

    How did the colonists of Jamestown and Maryland live and die? Forensic anthropology provides an incredible array of answers. Scientists can look into a grave and determine the skeleton's gender, age at time of death, nationality, and sometimes even economic…