Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | October 21, 2010

Historic Jamestown

In school, history was never one of my favorite subjects ~ too many dates and names to remember, and it happened “so long ago” that it was hard to relate to those people and places.

Yesterday afternoon was a totally different experience, as Keith and I drove to the site on the James River where, in 1607, 104 men and boys, employed by The Virginia Company of London, landed and built the first permanent English settlement in what would become the continental United States ~ 13 years prior to the landing of the Mayflower.

Four-hundred years have passed since that fateful landing which changed the land and its inhabitants forever, and it was almost eerie to stand on the spot where it actually happened.

There is a sense of adventure that still surrounds that place, and it makes you want to board a tall ship and travel to distant shores, but we had to be content to sit on the river bank and watch the free ferry carry passengers and vehicles across the James.

Archeologists have unearthed foundations from some of the Jamestown buildings, and an on-site museum now houses bones and artifacts which tell the story of life in early Jamestown. We toured the whole museum to learn the story.

History books and classes will never give you what you can experience on a personal visit, so now that we have Jamestown under our belt, we will move on to explore Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown over the next several days.


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