Stirring Speeches by America’s Leading Christian Historians and Orators
In past centuries, the Jamestown centennial celebrations have been memorialized by some of the most noted orators of their time. Our celebration will continue in this tradition and will feature stirring speeches by some of America’s leading Christian historians, teachers, and orators, including Dr. Marshall Foster, president of the Mayflower Institute; Dr. John Eidsmoe, author of Christianity and the Constitution; Dr. Paul Jehle, president of the Plymouth Rock Foundation; Dr. Stephen McDowell, president of the Providence Foundation; Gary DeMar, president of American Vision; Bill Potter, author of Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife; Dr. Joe Morecraft, author of Liberty and Justice for All; and Doug Phillips, president of Vision Forum Ministries.
Boat Tours Down the James River
Travel the beautiful James River for an unforgettable perspective on the founding of America. Enjoy a guided tour that allows you to see Jamestown from the vantage point of the water as it would have been viewed by the men who built the Settlement.
Dramatic Reenactments of Jamestown History
Throughout the week, participants will be able to watch history come alive through dramatic reenactments of important moments in our providential history. Participate in a recreation of Rev. Hunt’s first Protestant worship service in America. Watch the marriage ceremony of John Rolfe and Pocahontas come to life again. Look in on some of the first experiments in republican representative government. See historic military reenactments, and much more.
Tethered Hot Air Balloon History Tours in View of Old Jamestown
The Jamestown Quadricentennial will offer tethered hot air balloon rides which will provide participants with an amazing view of Old Virginia. A historical ride you won’t want to miss!
Faith and Freedom Tours of Old Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown
When we walk in the footsteps of our fathers, we gain context for who we are as a people and hope for the next generation. To further this goal, the Jamestown Quadricentennial will host Mini-Faith and Freedom Tours each day to some of America’s oldest and most important sites, including the Original Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Yorktown Battlefield — the scene of the final defeat of the British in the American War for Independence.
Monument-Laying Ceremony Made Possible by the Grateful Children of America
Throughout history, those grateful for God’s Providence have set up stones of remembrance as pillars for their heirs, lest they should forget the work of the Lord.
Recognizing the importance of historic landmarks, the Jamestown Quadricentennial will host a special marker-laying ceremony in memory of our Jamestown forefathers. The special memorial will be made possible by the $1 donation of the grateful children of America.
Symposiums on Providence and Perseverance in the Founding of America
To what extent did Christianity play a role in the founding of Jamestown? What were the motivations of those who helped to organize the colony? These and other historical controversies will be addressed by a panel of scholars, educators, teachers, and historians as part of evening symposiums hosted by the Jamestown Quadricentennial.
Representatives from Across the States to Come to Jamestown
At past Jamestown centennials, states from shore to shore paid official tribute to our Jamestown forebears. At the 1907 Jamestown tercentennial, for example, twenty-one states built homes bearing their names in honor of America’s birthday. In view of this tradition, the Jamestown Quadricentennial is encouraging each state to send one official representative to carry the flag of their state to the official 2007 celebration.
Scholarly Papers on God’s Providential Hand in Our Nation’s Founding
Passing on a clear written record of our past is a critical part of equipping our children for success in the future. The Jamestown Quadricentennial recognizes this important principle and will publish a collection of historical essays concerning the Jamestown Settlement and the early foundations of America. These essays will be made available in print form the week of the celebration.
Celebration Finale at Historic Fort Pocahontas
On Friday and Saturday, the Jamestown Quadricentennial will culminate with a large celebration event on the grounds of Fort Pocahontas (part of the ancestral estate of John Tyler who keynoted the 250th anniversary celebration of Jamestown). This two-day event will feature poetry recitations, balloon rides, fife and drum music, colonial firearms demonstrations, games and great speeches to the Providence of God in our nation, and much more.