Jamestown Settlement

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2110 Jamestown Road, Jamestown, VA, USA

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Jamestown Settlement Jun 13, 2016
The Jamestown Settlement is a recreation of the 1607 James Fort erected as England’s second foray in colonizing North America, following the failed Roanoke colony of twenty years earlier. The recreated fort does not sit on the original site, which is maintained nearby by the National Park Service as Historic Jamestowne, a separate entity with separate admission. This didn’t seem to bother most visitors, as there were far more people at the modern version than the actual site of the original fort. I recommend exploring the Settlement first before heading over to the real site, since the latter is mainly composed of archaeological digs. You can mentally transpose the layout of the rebuilt fort over the original area to better visualize things.

Re-enactors in period costume portray blacksmiths, metal workers, doctors, armorers, maidens and various other figures who lived in Jamestown circa 1610. They are well-versed in explaining and demonstrating their crafts. Jamestown began as a business venture with the inhabitants hoping to work only a few years and then return to England. It would not become a permanent colony where people remained for good until the introduction of tobacco as a cash crop by John Rolfe, better known as the husband of Pocahontas. The Settlement also has a small Indian village and reconstructions of the three vessels that brought the first colonists over in 1607.

There is a large museum full of interactive displays and a cramped London street from 1600 to show the world the colonists came from. Unfortunately photography is not allowed in the museum, but it is worth checking out. A mediocre restaurant serves burgers, pizza, and salads if you need to refuel. Tickets are pricey at $17 for adults and $8 for kids. This is one of those places that makes you wear a sticker. Mine, of course, fell off somewhere, and I was repeatedly asked by employees why I didn’t have one. They must have a problem with people sneaking in for free. Anyways, the Jamestown Settlement is a good complement when visiting the original site and both can be seen in a day.
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Andy99 Andy99
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Colonists and Native Americans at Jamestown Settlement Mar 22, 2008
Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum that portrays the encounter between the 17th century Jamestown colonists and the Native Americans who lived in the region of the James and York Rivers. It does quite an excellent job of telling the story of the Virginia Company and the Powhatan people. It was established in 1957 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Jamestown, but displays have been considerably expanded and enhanced in recent years.

The visitor center includes an introductory film and a well-interpreted museum with displays on Native American ways of life in the Virginia woodlands, the founding and purpose of the Virginia Company, and the expedition that founded the Jamestown colony in 1607. What I find most interesting is the way the museum exhibits compare and contrast Native American and English ways of life in the 17th century in agriculture, clothing, housing, and society. The stories of Pocahontas, Powhatan, Captain John Smith, and the founding of Jamestown in 1607, the first permanent English colony in North America, are told.

Outside are three living history areas: a replica Powhatan village, replicas of the three ships used by the colonists, and a replica of the Jamestown stockade. Reenactors are on hand to engage in typical daily activities. Reenactors portraying the Paspahegh people might be preparing food, making clothing, or making a dugout canoe. Children will especially like playing games in the village, trying on armour at the stockade, and seeing what look like pirate ships. (People are always surprised by how small the English ships are and think they are scaled down reproductions, but they are full-size replicas.)

Highly recommended for a fuller understanding of the beginnings of colonial America.

Admission is $14 to the Jamestown Settlement or $19.50 for a combination ticket for both the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. (Note that the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, are different from the NPS maintained Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield sites.)
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Koralifix says:
Congrats on this featured review, Andrew! Well done!
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Sounds very interesting! Congrats on being featured :)
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Congrats on your featured review! :)
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