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Friends Day: May 4, 2019
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the momentous events that took place at Jamestown in 1619, Friends Day activities will take place at Historic Jamestown on Saturday, May 4.
    The day's program will begin with a service of Holy Communion at the site of the original church. In 2010, Jamestown archaeologists discovered the church built in 1608 within the walls of the fort. Archaeology Magazine called the discovery one of the ten most significant archaeological discoveries in the world that year.  The church was where Powhatan's favored daughter, Pocahontas, married John Rolfe on April 5, 1614. Friends Day participants will have the unique opportunity to partake in the Holy Eucharist at this historic site.
    The Seventh Annual Friends Day Luncheon
will take place at Jamestown's Dale House on the banks of the James River. Our guest speaker will be The Honorable Judge John Charles Thomas (please see related articles in the January issue of The Chronicle and the winter issue of The Bruton Fount which are both available on our website).
    Following the luncheon, we will convene at the site of the church built in 1617. Mark Summers, Manager of Educational Programs at Jamestown Rediscovery, will speak on Religion and Politics: Faith and Faction in Early Jamestown. His presentation will review the "Anglican-Puritan-Catholic politics inside the fort" and compare them with what was happening in contemporary England. Within that framework he will discuss the significance of the first representative assembly which met at that site from July 30 to August 4, 1619.
    Over the past year, Jamestown Rediscovery specialists have uncovered remains that may be those of Sir George Yeardley, the colonial governor who presided over that first assembly. He died at Jamestown in 1627 at age 39 and was likely buried with special honors. Jamestown archeologists believe the remains are those of Governor Yeardley but are awaiting definitive confirmation through DNA analysis.  
    Reservation information will be available shortly. Plan to register early as, due to space constraints at Dale House, the number of registrants is limited.
Last Published: January 24, 2019 10:50 AM