Jamestown Things to Do

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    Military Through the Ages

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 26, 2015

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    This is a festival of sorts, held once a year since 1984. Re-enactors represent military personnel from 64 A.D. to present time. They are dressed in full period military attire that includes equipment. They are very knowledgeable. I was happily surprised when I came across the 36th Naval Construction Battalion representing World War II in the Pacific Theater. My Grandfather served with the 36th in WW II! It brought back a lot of memories of my Grandfather and the stories he would tell me.

    It was a good day and very educational. Throughout the day there is demonstrations of battles, how period guns fired and Cannon fire. There were military bands playing music from their specific era, notably the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II.

    The festival is free and part of the admission to enter Jamestown Settlement. It happens every year for one weekend in the middle of March. I was fortunate to be here at that time.

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    Powhatan Indian Village

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 26, 2015

    Located at the Jamestown Settlement museum, is an outdoor re-creation of a Powhatan Indian village. The Powhatan were the original inhabitants of this area. There are thatched shelters and historical interpreters dressed as Indians showing and explaining life as an Indian during the time of the first colonist.

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    Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    Transportation to the New World

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 26, 2015

    Settlers of the first colony arrived on three ships. They were the named the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery. The Susan Constant was the largest and transported about 75 people alone. Both the Susan Constant and the Godspeed returned to England in June 1607. The Discovery remained behind to continue to explore the coast and rivers of Virginia.

    The three ships moored at the Jamestown Settlement today are reproductions. Visitors can board the ships and explore around. Quarters are tight and it is hard to imagine what life was like on the 4 month journey across the Atlantic.

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    Jamestown Settlement

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 26, 2015

    This is a museum and re-created settlement of Jamestown. The main attraction is the replica fort and buildings. It is constructed to show life from 1610 to 1614. There is period actors at the location giving demonstrations on wood and leather works as well as period firearms demonstrations. I found it very interesting and this is a great family activity. The actors really get the children involved and it's a great learning experience.

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    $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for children. You can purchase a combination ticket for $21 if you want to visit Yorktown as well. If you are undecided, you can apply the Jamestown ticket to the Yorktown ticket to get the $21. However, this must be done by the next day.

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    Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    The Voorhees Archaearium

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 25, 2015

    On the grounds of Jamestown is the Nathalie and Alan Voorhees Archaearium which was built in 2006 to exhibit the artifacts recently discovered during excavation of the site. The exhibits focus on the time period between 1607 to 1624. This is based on artifacts discovered over the last 20 years.

    This museum is very well done and informative. Admission is free with the ticket to enter the historic park. There is also a gift shop as well.

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    Jamestown Church

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 25, 2015

    The Jamestown church has gone through many stages over the course of time. The first church was erected upon arrival in 1607 by John Smith. That burnt down in 1608 but a similar church replaced that. The church and much a Jamestown fell into disrepair until 1617 when Captain Samuel Argall arrived and ordered a reconstruction which included a cobblestone foundation.

    This church remain until 1639 when it was replaced with a building made of brick. This remained until 1750 when it was abandoned for a larger church three miles from Jamestown.

    The only thing that remains of the 1639 structure and a tower which can still be seen as the existing structure was connected to it. The current church was built in 1907 by National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Inside the church you can still see the cobblestone foundation protected by glass.

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    The Ambler House

    by blueskyjohn Updated Mar 25, 2015

    This ruin are the actual walls and foundation of the Ambler House which was built around the 1750's. Over the course of time, this house was burned down twice and rebuilt. Once during the Revolutionary War and again during the Civil War, both times rebuilt. However in 1895 there was a third fire and the house was not rebuilt.

    The property was originally owned by William Sherwood. When he died in 1697 the property went Edward Jaquelin. It became the Ambler house after Richard Ambler married Edward Jaquelin's daughter, Elizabeth.

    A very interesting structure remains and must have been very impressive during the era.

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    Structural foundations around Jamestown

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 25, 2015

    As you walk the grounds of Jamestown you will see low brick foundations. These foundations are re-creations with modern brick to simulate what had been found by archeologist during excavation. The original foundation are re-buried into the dirt where they were found. This is because exposure to the elements would erode and destroy the artifacts. An interesting fact I did not know.

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    Tercentenary Monument

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 25, 2015

    This monument is the first thing you notice when entering the historic section from the visitor center. It was erected in 1907 to commemorate the 300 year anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. There are several engravings on the obelisk that I found interesting.

    "Jamestown, The first per­ma­nent colony of the English peo­ple, The birth­place of Virginia and of the United States May 13, 1607."

    “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

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    Jamestowne Visitor Center

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 24, 2015

    The Jamestown Visitor Center offers a great overview of the historic town. This is where you must purchase a ticket to enter the historic town. The price of admission is $14 and is good for 7 days. This ticket also includes access to Yorktown Battlefield.

    The town is a self guided walk through the town with some ruins and monuments. You can only access the town through the visitor center. The hours of the visitor center is 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

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    Making glass

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 24, 2015

    At the site of the Jamestown Glasshouse is an actual operating Glasshouse with furnace and demonstrations. The current structure was built by the Glass Packaging Institute in May of 1976. It is a large would building where you can enter on one end and exits into a store. Unfortunately I missed the demonstration. They are offered when a qualified staff is present which does not seem to have an exact schedule.

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    Jamestown Glasshouse

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 24, 2015

    When entering the Colonial Highway towards Jamestown, the first attraction is the Jamestown Glasshouse. Three furnaces were built in 1608 by German settles who arrived on the second supply ship from England. The spot was selected due to the large amount of sand at the location from the James River and an abundance of wood for the furnaces.

    The remains of the furnaces are located in a covered shelter and protected by full glass partitions. They do not seem that large and are very close together. Apparently the glass here was in high demand back in England.

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    James Fort in 1964

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 12, 2015

    This is in the STATE park - not the National Park. I suspect that this part of the state park has changed. Apparently you can no longer take photos of the reenactments, and I don't know if the stocks in the first photo are still there. But judging by photos on their web page, apparently the houses with the thatched roofs are still there.

    Currently re-created fort interprets the settlement during 1610-14, reflecting its predominantly military and commercial character. Inside the triangular wooden palisade are wattle-and-daub structures topped with thatch roofs depicting dwellings, an Anglican church, a court of guard, a storehouse, a cape merchant’s office and a governor’s house.

    2013 admission Adults $16.00 Ages 6-12 $7.50

    Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15).
    Closed Christmas and New Year’s days.

    Me putting my daughter into the stocks - 1964 Entrance to fort with Halbardiers (17th cent) Houses in fort My daughter looking at the chicken coop Through the doorway
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    Jamestown Settlement

    by DEBBBEDB Written Aug 19, 2013

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    Instead of going to the Colonial National Park where they have the foundations of the original settlement, the ruins of the church etc, we ended up at the Official Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Visitor's Site. Here we saw the replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – the three ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and the Powhatan Indian Village.

    This cost us over $60 (for three adults as my daughter is 13) when if we had been at the Colonial NP it would have been $28 for me and our friend and my daughter would be free because she was under 15.

    My daughter aboard one of the ships Inside one of the Powhatan Village huts
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    Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery

    by grandmaR Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Re-creations of three ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607 – are moored at Jamestown Settlement’s pier The ships are not handicapped accessible so my dad and I went on board while my mom waited with the kids and the stroller

    Jamestown ships Standing next to the Susan Constant Looking at one of the smaller ships On the poop deck? Triangular fort from the ships
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