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Food and Friendship in Early Virginia

The final post in the Roundtable on Food and Hunger in Vast Early America is by Rachel Winchcombe, a cultural historian of early modern England and America. She joined the University of Manchester in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Early Modern History....
From: The Junto on 20 Jun 2019

Q&A: Kate Egner Gruber, Curator of “Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia”

Today at The Junto, Philippe Halbert interviews Katherine Egner Gruber, who is Special Exhibition Curator at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency that operates two living history museums in Virginia. This Q&A focuses on her most...
From: The Junto on 20 May 2019

Frogs and Cats, or, Access and Privilege

I have never heard anything like those frogs. I was crunching along the gravel walkway from Historic Jamestowne back to the bus after the final reception of the Omohundro Institute conference in June. As I walked through the woods, the James River at...
From: The Junto on 5 Sep 2018

Archaeologists may have unearthed the nearly 400-year-old skeleton of America’s second governor

Archaeologists think they may have found the grave of Sir George Yeardley, second governor of the Jamestown colony, Virginia.

Wonder and Historical Knowledge: Reflections from the Omohundro Institute Annual Conference

Scholars of early America often come to the profession because of the wonder of experiencing the past. But we rarely write that way. Lindsay Chervinsky explores how we can bring more of the passion we feel into our writing.
From: The Junto on 28 Jun 2018

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, Jamestown Women

A new British television series, Jamestown, set off a minor public debate about just how rebellious women could be in the past. Tom Cutterham presents a round-up and assessment.
From: The Junto on 9 May 2017

New TV Series Coming on the Jamestown Settlement.

Jamestown stars . . . above from left, Niamh Walsh, Naomi Battrick and Sophie Rundle. The girls arrive to the Jamestown colony from Britain. More Information Here:
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 May 2017

A Jamestown settler describes life in Virginia, 16

Well beloved good friend Henry Hovener My comendations remembred, I hartely [wish] your welfare for god be thanked I am now in good health, but my brother and my wyfe are dead aboute a yeare pass’d And touchinge the busynesse that I came hither...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 20 Jan 2016

Jamestown in The National Catholic Register

After posting about the reliquary found in the grave of Captain Gabriel Archer, I wrote an article and posted it off to my contact at The National Catholic Register. My story was posted on-line the next day:Several articles have appeared recently about...

Were There Catholics at Jamestown?

From The Atlantic, news that archaeologists have found indications that one of the founder of Jamestown, Captain Gabriel Archer, might have been a secret Catholic:“One of the major surprises was the discovery of this mysterious small silver...

1611 Excerpts from For the Colony in Virginea Britannia. Lawes Divine, Morall and Martiall for both men & women

1611 Excerpts from  For the Colony in Virginea Britannia. Lawes Divine, Morall and Martiall, &c.The Virginia Company asked Sir Thomas Gates (1585-1621) to impose a strict set of regulations on the colony. Gates, who became governor of the colony...
From: 17th-century American Women on 16 Jul 2014

Evidence of Young Children in early Virginia - Child's Silver Teeting Whitsle found at Jamestown

"Bly Straube, senior archaeological curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery project, is preparing a combination whistle and teething stick for exhibit this spring. She says the object is a reminder of one of the early Jamestown lives lost to history....
From: 17th-century American Women on 3 Sep 2013


Recently, I visited Jamestown, the first English colony to survive on the North American continent. It had been several years since my last visit and very little had changed. One of the most interesting aspects wasn't a display or anything like that,...
From: Hoydens and Firebrands on 18 Aug 2013

Cannibalism at Jamestown

(Studio EIS / Don Hurlbert) In early May 2013, the news hit the wires that cannibalism had been confirmed at Jamestown. A skeleton of a fourteen-year-old girl had been unearthed. In August 2012, the girl's skull, lower jaw, and leg bone were found among...
From: Hoydens & Firebrands on 30 Jun 2013

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