Original lines of the Jamestown Fort Virginia
Nestled on a small island on the James river near the Chesapeake Bay… lies the original English Settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Why was this spot chosen? Well, they thought it was a pretty secure location. It was mostly an island separated by just an isthmus made of a sand bar from the mainland. This spot was far enough inland from the coast to discourage the settlement as an easy target from potential Spanish explorers. The river was actually deep enough to get their large ships to the spot! The location was empty from other inhabitants…or so they thought. As we know, this land was not actually empty… and many of those new settlers lost their lives due to their naivety in those first years. NPS History of Jamestown VA
We have known about this site historically for a really long time. It was first inhabited in 1607, after all. I find it fascinating that we are still digging here and rethinking the way the boundaries of this site looked. We thought the fort was a triangle…but in reality it was the first pentagon. We are still finding artifacts here on a daily basis. The resident archaeologist showed us the take from yesterday in a brown paper bag…broken bottles, buttons, an arrowhead, and more. Amazing! Historic Jamestown
I always thought of Jamestown as this bustling port…and it was just not at the scale I thought it was. My impression was way off that way. The views along from this site are worth the price of admission (which was $14 per person for Jamestown and Yorktown which is a seven-day pass). https://www.facebook.com/historicjamestowne/
This is one of the reasons we wanted to travel. You can read or watch videos/movies about all of this stuff. However once you see this in person, you can somehow feel a sense of what they felt over 400 years ago. From both sides…what the settlers may have seen and experienced and on the other hand… how land was being invaded by the settlers. Super interesting experience.
For me…it was a really moving and fulfilling experience.
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