Off to Jamestown

Trip Start Sep 10, 2011
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Trip End Oct 09, 2011


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Jamestown was the first English settlement in what is now the United States of America.

In December of 1606 3 ships left London for the New World, the Susan Constant (116 feet long), Discovery (38 feet long) and Godspeed (68 feet long). There were 104 passengers plus crew. The journey took approximately 4 1/2 months and the passengers stayed below deck except on the rare occasion when they were invited on deck by the captain.

They arrived in what is now Jamestown on May 14th, 1607.

There are 2 Jamestown sites to visit, Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestown.

Historic Jamestown

This is the site of the original Jamestown. There is archeological excavation in progress, over 2 million artifacts have been recovered, weapons, tools, pottery, etc. There is a wooden fence marking the outline of the original settlement.

Jamestown Settlement

This is adjacent to the historic site. It has a museum and exhibits describing the setting up of the settlement. It describes the way of life, the relationship and wars with the local Indians and the introduction of slavery to Virginia.

There is also a replica of the Jamestown fort, the 3 ships and an Indian village.

We went the Jamestown Settlement in the morning and Historic Jamestown in the afternoon.
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