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    Side of the church from the graveyard
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    Cross in the churchyard
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    Cemetery and Graves

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 28, 2014

    Favorite thing: In the Jamestown Church Cemetery, there are a number of graves. Since there was little natural stone for grave markers, they had to be imported, usually from England. Therefore, the people buried here after the 1680s were wealthy enough to afford the tombstones. Many of the stones have been destroyed by time, or have been stolen. There are only twenty-five remaining. Some of the ones still here are grave markers erected in 1901 when there were excavations that found the graves.

    In addition there are stones in the church foundation. Originally some of the stones had brasses attached but those have been stolen. The Knight's Tomb is believed to be that of Sir George Yeardly who was Knighted by James I in 1618 and who called the first representative legislative assembly to meet in the New World.

    Fondest memory: There are also plaques on the church walls to such people as Capt. John Smith, Pocohauntis, William Claiborne, Thomas West, and Canco (and Indian youth)

    Gravestones outside the church Plaques in the church Knight's tomb Tombstone sign Additional names of those buried here
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    Statues and Monuments

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 28, 2014

    Favorite thing: On of my favorites is the Pocahontas Statue, by the artist William Ordway Partridge. Captain John Smith felt that she saved his life at least twice.

    His statue is here too crafted by William Couper in 1909. It is located at James Fort, Jamestown and is oriented so that he is looking over James River

    There are several crosses including a large wooden cross at James Fort erected by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in 1957 in memory of those early English Jamestown settlers

    Fondest memory: Nothing unexpected there.

    But there is also a monument that I didn't expect to the General Assembly of the Virginia Colony which met from July 30 to August 4, 1619 in Jamestown. The monument on was erected in 1907 near the reconstructed church building. The assembly met in the third church building on the site, a wooden structure that stood until about 1639 when a brick church was built.

    It says:


    HERE
    ON THE THIRTIETH DAY OF JULY A.D. 1619
    SUMMONED BY SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY
    GOVERNOR GENERAL OF VIRGINIA
    UNDER AUTHORITY FROM THE LONDON COMPANY
    Pursuant to the Charter Granted by King
    James I, was convened in the church at
    Jamestown
    The first General Assembly of Virginia
    This Assembly
    Composed of the Governor, the Council
    of State and two Burgesses elected by the
    People from each of the eleven planta-
    tions was the Beginning of Representative
    Government in the Colonies of England and
    Laid the Foundation of the Liberties of
    America.

    Pocahontas was the favorite daughter of Powhatan, Cross in the churchyard John Smith Memorial cross In honor of the General Assembly
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    Colonial Dames Construction

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 4, 2010

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    Favorite thing: There were five previous churches on this site. The first meetings were held under an old 'saile' that served as an awning. The building that replaced it burned in January 1608. The second church was also made of wood. Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married in the second church. The third church was wood built on a foundation of cobblestones one foot wide capped by a wall one brick thick. You can see these foundations under the glass on the floor of the present building. The First Assembly was held in the third church. The fourth church was a brick church built around the third church. After it was finished the church tower was added. The tower is the only seventeenth-century building still standing at Jamestown. It is one of the oldest English-built structures in the United States. The fourth church burned during Bacon's Rebellion on September 19, 1676. The tower survived and a fifth church was built. That building fell into ruins by the 1790s when the bricks were salvaged and used to build the present graveyard wall

    The present Memorial Church building was built by the National Society, Colonial Dames of America just outside the foundations of the earlier churches. It was dedicated May 13, 1907.

    Cobblestone foundations Inside the church Church from the grounds Side of the church from the graveyard Memorial tablets in the church
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    Jamestown Tercentennial Monument

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This monument is 103 feet tall and was erected by the United States in 1907 on the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. It bears the following inscription:

    Lastly and chiefly the way to prosper and achieve good success is to make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country and your own, and to serve and fear God the giver of all goodness, for every plantation which our heavenly father hath not planted shall be rooted out.

    Advice of London Council for Virginia to the Colony 1606

    Other inscriptions say



    VIRGINIA COMPANY
    OF LONDON
    CHARTERED APRIL 10, 1606
    FOUNDED
    JAMESTOWN
    AND SUSTAINED VIRGINIA
    1607-1624

    JAMESTOWN
    THE FIRST PERMANENT
    COLONY OF THE
    ENGLISH PEOPLE
    THE BIRTHPLACE OF
    VIRGINIA
    AND OF
    THE UNITED STATES
    MAY 13, 1607

    REPRESENTATIVE
    GOVERNMENT IN
    AMERICA
    BEGAN IN THE
    FIRST HOUSE OF
    BURGESSES
    ASSEMBLED HERE
    JULY 30, 1619

    Fondest memory: A lot of tours start at this monument because it is an easily visible landmark all over the park. When we were there there was a school group climbing around on it (photo 2 and 5)

    Jamestown Tercentennial Monument Schoolkids at the base of the monument Picture of the monument base Monument Kids at the base of the monument
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    Jamestown Exposition 1907

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: In 1907, Jamestown had the three hundred year anniversary of the founding of the colony. There was a huge Exposition. It was held from April 26 to December 1, 1907, at Sewell's Point on Hampton Roads, near Norfolk, Virginia which later became the Norfolk Naval Station. Many of the buildings such as these State buildings from the Exposition later served as housing for senior officers.

    Teddy Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, and Mark Twain made addresses at the Exposition. Twain came twice, both times by yacht from New York, and seems to have enjoyed himself.

    In 2007, Jamestown held another huge celebration in honor of the 400 year anniversary.

    Fondest memory: My grandfather send some post cards with scenes from the Exposition to my grandmother in 1907. The cards were mailed in Philadelphia to my grandmother who was in North Carolina. My grandfather doesn't say much on any of the cards. The first two photos are of one of the cards

    In 1964, when we lived in Norfolk, I toured some of the buildings (photos 3 and 4) . It was a rainy day, but I saw Connecticut House (where the admiral lived), Delaware House, and Maryland House (photo 5) which was the third building on the post card.

    PA, VA, MD, MO and OH State Buildings Back of the card Street during my tour Other direction on the street Maryland House
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    Two Parks

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There actually two parks at Jamestown and they may be easily confused one with the other.

    When my children were small, we went first to the Jamestown Festival Park, which is a Virginia State Park. This contains the full-sized replicas of the three ships that brought the colonists, the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and the Discovery, and also a replica Indian village and stockade. The only current photo I have of this is the top one.

    Another feature of the region is the nearby Jamestown Ferry system operated by VDOT (see my transportation tip), and relocated for the festival to nearby Glass House Point.

    Fondest memory: Right next door,at the National Park Service site, is the reconstructed Glasshouse (photo 5), the Memorial Cross and the visitors center. The visitor's center was blown down in Hurricane Isabel, and had to be reconstructed for the 2007 Exposition. An important feature was reconstruction of the land bridge to Jamestown Island.

    The NPS site, also includes Old Towne (the original fort), New Towne (photo 2), and informational signs on a three or five mile drive around the island (photo 3). We visited the NPS site in 2005.

    Jamestown Festival Park (State) through the trees New Towne foundations Loop Drive Base of monument Glass Blower
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    Take the Time to Listen

    by Rabbityama Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you want to get the most out of your visit to Jamestown, you'll definitely want to take the time to watch and listen to as many of the historic reinactors as possible. They are highly knowledgeable regarding the parts that they play. They are also very professional. They may give speeches, answer questions, or do demonstrations. All of which are worthwhile to participate in or watch!

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    Jamestown Settlement

    by seagoingJLW Written Dec 28, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This theme park (for want of a better word) retells the history of Jamestown and offers many different things to see and do. First there is a film Jamestown:the Beginning*. Then you can visit James Fort, Powhatan Indian Village, the three ships, and museum galleries. Here is a ceramic from the museum.

    Ceramic

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