Posted by: Mary | September 10, 2012

Historic Jamestown

Originally published on my private blog on February 28, 2010.

Jamestown Powhatan Village

Jamestown Powhatan Village

Jamestown Replica Ships

Jamestown Replica Ships

On day three of our trip, we visited both the Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne. We started our morning at the Jamestown Settlement, which is a historic recreation of the first permanent English Settlement in the U.S. There is a Native American section that is similar to what “L” and I had seen in Plymouth, MA that shows how the Powhatan people lived in the 1600s. Along the river front are three replica ships (the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery), which you can board and explore to see how the pilgrims traveled from England to Jamestowne in 1607. The week we were there in February, the largest was away being painted, so we did not have the chance to see it, but it is supposed to be similar to the Mayflower. Finally, we explored the colonists’ fort, where we saw villagers going about their daily lives. We watched a blacksmith at work, explored the few buildings within the fort and visited the livestock.

Jamestown Blacksmith

Jamestown Blacksmith

Replica of Jamestown House

Replica of Jamestown House

After lunch in the cafeteria (the food was just okay), we drove over to Historic Jamestowne, where we could see the actual site of the first permanent English settlement. We started by watching a glassblower before walking down toward the sight and the waterfront. Everything the glassblower makes can be purchased in the store and is also sometimes special ordered for awards or events. It was interesting to watch and we were able to get warm in the cold February weather. (Now may be a good time to mention that they had just had a blizzard north of Williamsburg the week prior and there was still snow on the ground. It was unseasonably cold.)

Jamestown Glassblower

Jamestown Glassblower

Jamestown Glassblower

Jamestown Glassblower

We walked down to the church and took a look at where the old fort walls used to stand. There are statues of Pocahontas and John Smith, and a small cemetery attached to the church. Nearby, they are conducting an archaeological dig, but it was closed for the winter. However, they do have a museum on site where you can view many of the artifacts that have been dug up over the years. It was all very interesting.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas

Jamestown

Jamestown

When we finished the museum, L and our niece, “S” headed back to the visitor’s Center because it was too cold and windy. I wanted to see the location of the old houses outside the fort, so I took the walk to see where the old foundations were located. They were dug up, but determined to be too fragile, so they were buried again and the locations were marked with new brick. There is also the ruins of the Ambler House, built in the 1750’s and abandoned in the late 1800’s. While I was out there, I saw a number of deer. No one else was around. I guess I can attribute that to the harsh weather. I used the cell phone to take a photo and send it back to L and S in the Visitor’s Center so they could see the ruins with me. Gotta love technology!

Jamestown Foundations

Jamestown Foundations

Ambler House at Jamestown

Ambler House at Jamestown

Deer at Jamestown

Deer at Jamestown

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  1. Interesting: in the photo of a room in a replica house in Jamestown, we see a jambless (side-less) Dutch-style fireplace, replete with Dutch tiles. Why would the English have built such a fireplace in Jamestown, and not one in the English style?


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