Jamestown, Yorktown museums celebrate Christmas as it was

Staff Writer

“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.”

Holiday season visitors to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will get just that this holiday season.

At Jamestown Settlement, folks will have the opportunity to explore and contrast present-day customs with those of the past, according to a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation news release. That includes feasting — or the lack thereof during the Starving Times.

The settlement will host the “A Jamestown Christmas” film and several interpretative programs such as demonstrations of winter activities including food preservation techniques, hunting tools and techniques.

Prepare for the Lord of Misrule, the “grand captain of all mischief” in the recreated fort. The wattle and daub buildings within the fort will be adorned with greenery and will share examples of fine Colonial cuisine.

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown interpreters will regale visitors with the stories of Christmas and cold winters during the American Revolution in military encampments.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn how and help quartermasters in the soldier’s camps prepare supplies for the darkest time of the year.

At the nearby farmhouse, interpreters will highlight 18th-century traditions including table place setting for a holiday feast, not to mention open hearth cooking.

Hands-on activities include candle dipping at the farmhouse, but guests will wish the figgy pudding could be hands on.

Holiday activities run from Dec. 20-31. Admission for local residents is free, but for those from away, combination tickets to both museums cost $25.50 for adults, $12.25 for children ages 6 to 12.

For more information on the event go to: bit.ly/2Q8NvRK

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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