Jamestown Virginia celebrated 400 years of settlement by Europeans in May of 2007. It was the 400 th birthday of the USA.
At a dock in Virginia on the James River, three meticulously restored 17th Century ships are open for visitors.
Jamestown Virginia, USA
Jamestown Settlement, Virginia celebrates
the four hundred years of settlement in USA.
Colonial Williamsburg is a meticulously restored, and re-created colonial era town with 80 period rooms and thousands of authentic antiques made in colonial America and England.
Costumed re-enactors at Colonial Williamsburg play out historical events that led to the Revolutionary War.
Jamestown Virginia is a family friendly Vacation place because several other major attractions are in the area including the Bush Gardens theme park which offers a European Renaissance extravaganza with rides, exotic food, and shopping. Bush Gardens and the nearby Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic state's largest water theme park should keep everyone in the family entertained.
The area also has winery tours and tasting at the Williamsburg Vineyard and there is a huge potters shop along with many upscale outlet malls.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Commonwealth of Virginia museum has built new exhibit space, re-created colonial buildings and built a new square-rigged replica ship. Three ships of the era are now open for viewing
The modern museum and Jamestown Settlement buildings recreate a time at the English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia when Captain John Smith became leader of the troubled expedition. The first winter was difficult for the first settlers in the original Jamestown Settlement and fort, and without help from 12-year old Pocahontas (Mischievous one) the daughter of the Chief of the Powhatans, the resident natives, the English, explorers might not have survived. Pocahontas visited the Jamestown fort several times in 1608 and brought food for the starving settlers.
Pocahontas later married a successful tobacco entrepreneur Englishman John Rolfe in 1614, and traveled to England to be introduced to royalty. She died in England in 1607 of disease at 20 years of age.
During the second year of the original Jamestown Settlement a second group arrived at Jamestown with intent to harvest timber, mine gold, ship goods back to England and search for a water route to the west. Eventually they established a colony and as more settlers arrived they expanded beyond the island and built the settlement that would later become Williamsburg, the seat of Colonial power in Virginia.
The Jamestown Settlement Museum has three full-scale replica ships tied at their dock including a new replica of the Godspeed, one of the ships that in 1607 brought the first group of English settlers that built a lasting settlement in the Americas.
The settlers came to Jamestown as explorers and prospectors but eventually stayed to build the country now called the USA.
At the Jamestown Settlement Costumed historical interpreters demonstrate the art of making a dugout canoe
In the same area the Yorktown Battlefield offers a loop road around the Yorktown battle site that takes visitors to the various cannon emplacements, some of them original revolutionary War weapons.
Jamestown Settlement, Virginia,
Jamestown Settlement Museum
Jamestown Virginia Recreates A Four Hundred Year Old Settlement
The group of prospectors and adventurers built the first successful English settlement of the Americas.
Modern day visitors can experience hands-on history while learning about Powhatan Indians, the first Africans to come to the colonies, and the first English settlers to build a successful settlement.
Two other historic sites in the area re-enact historical events; Colonial Williamsburg and the Yorktown Victory Center at the Revolutionary War battle site. The three sites are within a twenty mile radius and each has costumed re-enactors that provide stunning visuals of history when they dress as 17th and 18th Century Colonial men and women and play out events that led to the building of the Jamestown settlement and later to the Revolutionary War.
Jamestown Virginia, the Jamestown Settlement
The Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Preserved Colonial Village of Williamsburg are within 20 miles of one another at Williamsburg Virginia.
Shortly after the settlers arrived they built Americas first commercial enterprise, a glassworks. By 1608 the glass works near the first settlement was well established.
You can visit a replica building and watch glass artists at work.
Watch for the Glass House on the Colonial Parkway.
At the Jamestown Settlement, Virginia, the Jamestown Settlement Museum celebrates the first successful English settlement in America.
Costumed re-enactors at the Jamestown Settlement interpret history.
At the Jamestown Settlement, Virginia, the Jamestown Settlement Museum celebrates the first successful English settlement in America. Nearby
Costumed re-enactors at the Yorktown Battle site interpret history.
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is a half hour's drive away and offers five rental car companies operating from the airport..
Norfolk International Airport (NIA) is forty miles south ( seven rental car companies)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is 45 miles north with eight rental car companies. ..
The Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Preserved Colonial Village of Williamsburg are within 20 miles of one another in the Jamestown Virginia area.
Jamestown Settlement Museum offers three recreated ships modeled after the ships that brought the first settlers in 1607