The River and the Ferry
The Indians walk everywhere or used canoes on the river.
To the colonists, the James River wasn't just something that was a beautiful view or even a place to get food. According to the sign in photo 3, it was a lifeline because ships from England brought seeds, cloth, food, and more settlers.
When we first visited in the 60s, we took a ride on the Jamestown Ferry (also known as the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry) which is an automobile ferry on the James River in Virginia, connecting Jamestown in James City County with Scotland Wharf in Surry County. It is part of State Route 31. The ferryboat Captain John Smith made the first automobile ferry crossing of the James River on February 26, 1925.
Currently the ferries are:
Pocahontas 1995 70 cars
Surry 1979 50 cars
Williamsburg 1983 50 cars
Virginia 1936 28 cars
To head for the "Colonial Triangle" (Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown) and the Colonial Parkway from the south by water with a ride aboard one of the Jamestown Ferries would be my preferred way of travel, but I didn't think of it in time.
Height: 12 feet 6 inches
Weight: 16 tons for large trucks, 28 tons for semi-tractor combinations
During the 15-minute ride across the river passengers can walk about the boat or go up to an enclosed viewing level with lavatory facilities. Northbound passengers usually see the Jamestown Island much as the first colonists may have approached it almost 400 years ago. Near the northern ferry landing, the replicas of Christopher Newport's three tiny ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery are docked at Virginia's Jamestown Settlement.
Note: Beginning July 1, 2004, security guards at the ferry will conduct random screening of passengers and their vehicles in an effort to prevent dangerous substances and devices from boarding the ferry. Commuters should prepare for a possible increase in the amount of time it takes to board the ferry once the screenings are in place; however, the ferries will depart on time according to schedule.
- National/State Park
- Budget Travel
Take the Jamestown Ferry over to Surry, Va
This is a FREE FERRY between Jamestown and Surry Va..it takes about 15-20 minutes one-way. We took my mother-n-law on it in May 2006, it was her first boat ride ever..she enjoyed it more than she thought she would..