Historic Jamestown

Colonial National Historical Park

In 1607, Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America, 13 years before the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts.

This is the actual location of the Old Towne and the 1607 James Fort and settlement on the shore of the James River in Virginia. And is where Pocahontas married John Rolfe. Archaeologists are busy digging up history and we wanted to see what has changed since we were here last.

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Remains and reconstruction of 1600’s Church Tower and 1907 Memorial Church

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Archaeologists Hard at Work at Jamestown

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Pocahontas

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Captain John Smith

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1607 Burials

The settlement almost didn’t make it. Disease and malnutrition as well as a severe drought and the terrible winter of 1609-1610 as well as conflicts with the Indians nearly wiped them out. But they did survive and more settlers arrived and tobacco was the industry that saved them.

Outside the fort an interpretive trail takes you through the reconstructed remains of the New Towne. Archaeologists had unearthed evidence of many structures with brick foundations. The original exposed foundations suffered from the elements and had to be reburied.

Interpreting Jamestown

Interpreting Jamestown

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