Virginia's Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Preserved Colonial village of Williamsburg are located within Jamestown's Historic Triangle and are within 20 miles of one another in Virginia on Chesapeake Bay.
At the first Jamestown Settlement, Captain John Smith became leader of the expedition mounted by the English prospectors. He had help from 12-year old Pocahontas (Mischievous One) who acted as times in 1608 bringing food for the starving English. She later married a successful tobacco entrepreneur Englishman John Rolfe in 1614 and traveled to England to be introduced to royalty. She later, in 1617, died in England of disease at 20 years of age.
England and search for a water route to the west. Not many survived but they eventually established a colony and as more settlers arrived, they expanded from the island and built the settlement that would later become Williamsburg, the Colonial capitol of Virginia.
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At the site of the first fort established on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, just a few miles away from the Jamestown settlement and Museum, archaeologists recently found the Jamestown fort's original post holes within the Colonial National Historic Park. While they are excavating the walls and post holes of the first settlement, they invite you to stand at the edge of the dig and watch as the ancient mud yields 17th Century shards of glass and pottery.
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Revolutionary War re-enactors demonstrate camp life, military tactics, and weaponry of the Revolution in demonstrations throughout the summer. In a tent camp setting at the Yorktown Battle Site they stage competitions in musket speed-loading and firing, fire-starting, and period games.
To experience Continental Army life firsthand, visitors can try on uniforms, drill with wooden muskets, and learn about the soldiers’ provisions, sleeping quarters, medical remedies, and they can watch flintlock musket and artillery demonstrations.
Visitors can also join in a militia drill on a re-created 1780s farm to learn about the role of citizen soldiers during the war.
marched south from New York badly in need of a win for the colonial army. The British had won most of the battles along the coast but when Britain's General Cornwallis put in to Yorktown, fifty miles inland from the Chesapeake Bay on the shores of the James River, Washington seized the opportunity to corner the British army and put an end to the long and bitter war.
At the battle site you will also see many men and women dressed as French soldiers because France had come to Washington's aid with an army under Rochambeau and a fleet commanded by Comte de Grasse. The addition of 8,000 French troops and a fleet of French warships bolstered Washington's army of 7,000 soldiers when they surrounded Cornwallis at Yorktown and fired cannons into the enemy fortifications for nine days, forcing the British to surrender.
These events mark a battle in which America finally secured its freedom. The folks at the Yorktown Victory Center and at the National Park Service's Colonial National Park would like you to come to Virginia and enjoy all the action as you learn all about the history of the battle.
While you are visiting Yorktown you can also visit the Jamestown Settlement, a living museum with three replica ships and the replica fort of the first permanent settlement by the British in the new world.
Yorktown is within walking distance of the National Park Service administered sprawling battle site and earthworks built by the colonial soldiers as they rolled their cannon in place and started their nine-day cannon barrage. An 11-mile loop road with parking turnouts and historical plaques makes the battle come alive; dozens of cannon of all sizes are in place for visitors to gain a sense of that time and place.
The Moore House where the British signed the surrender document still stands and on a walking trail you can follow the path of the cannon balls as they rained down on the town destroying nearly 70 per cent of the houses. Nine antique homes still stand, however, some bearing the marks of cannon balls on the scarred brick facades.
The Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, a State of Virginia run agency, or call toll free 1-888-593-4682 or 757-253-4838.
Combination tickets for both locations, The Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Battle Site, about twenty miles apart on the James River, cost $17. for an Adult and $8.25 for a child 6-12 years of age.
For detailed information about the people who dress as Continental soldiers and stage the mock battles at Yorktown in October go to WWW. continentalline.org
Many other attractions are located close by in Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg:
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Museums at the Jamestown settlement and the Yorktown Battle site celebrate the first continuous settlement in the country and the pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War.
Costumed guides re-enact the event at the museums and battle site.
At Yorktown, the costumed historical re-enactors stage mock battles and conduct hands-on events and performances as they celebrate the surrender of the British army of Cornwallis on October 19, 1781 and the end of the War of Independence.
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At Virginia's Jamestown Settlement, nearby, historic interpreters demonstrate the trades brought to the shores of Chesapeake from England in 1607
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Virginia's Jamestown Settlement,
replica ships of Captain John Smith and the first settlers who arrived in 1607 intending only to search for exploitable resources and a water passage to the Pacific, but stayed on to found the Nation.
There is a lot more than history going on in the area so you don't worry about keeping everyone in the family entertained. Nearby the Bush Gardens offers a European Renaissance themed park with exciting rides and exotic European-style food while just down the road, Water Country USA runs the mid-Atlantic's largest water them park. The family might also enjoy a trip to the upscale outlet malls, a tour of the ceramic factory, and a Williamsburg Winery tour for a glimpse into the automated bottling room and a walk through the 50-acre vineyard.
Colonial Williamsburg, a completely preserved and restored colonial town has 80 original homes and buildings, 50 restored on original foundations, and 200 period rooms displaying 60,000 authentic antiques of British and Colonial American manufacture. Costumed re-enactors and interpreters of history will involve you in hands-on activities of the era just before the Revolutionary War.
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Battle of Yorktown: pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War
How to reach Jamestown:
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is a half hour's drive away and has 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.
Virginia's Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are just 20 miles apart in Virginia and make a great place for a vacation with theme parks and museums.
A glass works originally started in 1608 as Americas first industryis recreated at a location on the road towards Jamestown's original settttlement. .
Operated by the National Park Service and the
Association of Virginia Antiquities,
the park includes the site of the first permanent
English settlement in North America.