A Student of History

March 20, 2007

A costly party…

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 3:14 pm

According to a news report of late, the big Jamestown, Virginia celeb…, eh, commemoration is costing a fortune.

Every half-century or so, Virginia throws a party to commemorate the arrival of English colonists on its shores. This year comes a biggie: the 400th anniversary. The whole world’s invited, and the guest list is especially long and prestigious.

Even the queen of the mother country plans to cross the Atlantic to help mark the occasion.

Already, the cost of activities surrounding the bash is upward of $200 million. The trick has been how to celebrate something long buried under a mound of dirt: Jamestown. But major archaeological discoveries in recent years have helped Virginia piece together the outlines of the original settlement and how the colonists managed to survive.

The commonwealth hopes to wow an estimated 90,000 visitors with a three-day celebration, May 11 to 13, including musical performances, fireworks, exhibits and a flotilla of 17th-century replica ships, to commemorate the founding of the first permanent English colony in the New World.

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