Pirates are invading Historic Yorktown, kind of

Staff writer

Historic Yorktown will host a weekend to explore the lives of 17th and 18th-century pirates.

In the 12th annual event, visitors can witness a buccaneer trial, attend buccaneer school, visit a buccaneer encampment, hear legends and hunt for treasure.

“Living here, we hear the stories of pirates who came around these areas and sailed these waters,” said Gail Whittaker, York County public information officer. “It’s always been something that’s seen as interesting and intriguing. Pirates are fascinating to people.”

People of all ages are invited to The Watermen’s Museum and Riverwalk Landing April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for hands-on activities including ropemaking, tavern games, shipboard navigation, quill penmanship, canon-firing demos and chanty singalongs.

“The pirates get really into it — they speak like pirates, they dress like pirates, not frightening at all, however,” Whittaker said. “And it’s just a peek into pirate life and it’s interactive so the kids have a great time.”

The Schooner Virginia will make the voyage from Norfolk to Yorktown, and dock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and during the pirate festivities. Guests can take free deck tours and explore and learn about the vessel.

The Schooner Alliance will offer cruises with paid tickets.

Event-goers are also encouraged to dress in pirate gear and post a photo to Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page for a chance to win a free Segway tour and learn about the history of Yorktown.

The Yorktown Market will stay open Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special pirate invasion theme, so visitors can enjoy both events.

This year’s invasion will also feature food trucks and vendors, in addition to the available local cuisine.

Want to go?

What: Pirates Invade Yorktown

Where: From The Watermen’s Museum to Riverwalk Landing

When: April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How: The event is free to the public. Pirate cruise reservations can be made at 1-888-316-6422.

Martin can be reached at (757)-243-3685, by email at sararose.martin@vagazette.com or on Twitter at @SaraRoseMartin.

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