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Jamestown-1st permanent English settlement in the Americas

Built in 1907, the Tercentennial Monument celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement; it cost $50,000 and stands 103 feet tall (one foot for each of the first settlers)

Built in 1907, the Tercentennial Monument celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement; it cost $50,000 and stands 103 feet tall (one foot for each of the first settlers)

The 17th century brick church tower is the last surviving above-ground structure from the days when Jamestown was the capital of Virginia; admission to Historic Jamestowne was $25 (free for National Park pass holders)

The 17th century brick church tower is the last surviving above-ground structure from the days when Jamestown was the capital of Virginia; admission to Historic Jamestowne was $25 (free for National Park pass holders)

The Archaearium focuses on the 1607-1624 Virginia Company period at Jamestown presenting some of the most important examples of their material culture which have been uncovered in 25  years of excavations

The Archaearium focuses on the 1607-1624 Virginia Company period at Jamestown presenting some of the most important examples of their material culture which have been uncovered in 25+ years of excavations

Captain John Smith had a fascinating life (he was sold into slavery in Russia) and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1608; he learned the Indians' language and led a 3000 mile expedition that explored and mapped the Chesapeake Bay

Captain John Smith had a fascinating life (he was sold into slavery in Russia) and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1608; he learned the Indians' language and led a 3000 mile expedition that explored and mapped the Chesapeake Bay

Jamestown Island is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America; an archaeological project discovered the original James Fort in 1994 which experts had long thought was lost in the James River

Jamestown Island is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America; an archaeological project discovered the original James Fort in 1994 which experts had long thought was lost in the James River

This 1922 statue depicts Pocahontas who was kidnapped by Jamestown settlers in 1613; the next year she married John Rolfe which helped ease relations between the colonists and Indians (they had a son with Pocahontas dying at age 22)

This 1922 statue depicts Pocahontas who was kidnapped by Jamestown settlers in 1613; the next year she married John Rolfe which helped ease relations between the colonists and Indians (they had a son with Pocahontas dying at age 22)

Just beyond this cross lie the graves of settlers who died in the perilous first years of the colony; this is the earliest known burial ground of the English in America

Just beyond this cross lie the graves of settlers who died in the perilous first years of the colony; this is the earliest known burial ground of the English in America

The 1907 Memorial Church protects the brick foundations of the 17th century churches, including the one in which the colonists met in 1619 for the first representative assembly in English North America

The 1907 Memorial Church protects the brick foundations of the 17th century churches, including the one in which the colonists met in 1619 for the first representative assembly in English North America

Here archaeologists uncovered a multi-purpose, 2 room cellar used during the first years of the colony; iron objects (1607) indicate the building was used as a blacksmith shop before converting to a bakery around 1610

Here archaeologists uncovered a multi-purpose, 2 room cellar used during the first years of the colony; iron objects (1607) indicate the building was used as a blacksmith shop before converting to a bakery around 1610

These 1737 beads (ca. 1608-1610) were made by Indian women living and working at James Fort; Jamestown served as the colonial capital from 1616 until 1699 and lies just 4 km SW of modern Williamsburg

These 1737 beads (ca. 1608-1610) were made by Indian women living and working at James Fort; Jamestown served as the colonial capital from 1616 until 1699 and lies just 4 km SW of modern Williamsburg

The historic seawall was built in 1901 to stop erosion at the west end of Jamestown Island and protect the original 1607 Fort James site; I tagged along with a tour in which the guide explained the current digs and what had been unearthed

The historic seawall was built in 1901 to stop erosion at the west end of Jamestown Island and protect the original 1607 Fort James site; I tagged along with a tour in which the guide explained the current digs and what had been unearthed

One of the primary planners of the Jamestown colony, Bartholomew Gosnald died just 3 months after arriving; he had previously explored and named Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard (for his daughter)

One of the primary planners of the Jamestown colony, Bartholomew Gosnald died just 3 months after arriving; he had previously explored and named Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard (for his daughter)

Foundations from the Virginia statehouse (1630s); first meeting in 1619, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest representative legislature in the Western Hemisphere

Foundations from the Virginia statehouse (1630s); first meeting in 1619, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest representative legislature in the Western Hemisphere

Archaeologists found this unbroken drinking jug, dating from the early 17th century, which was commonly used for drinking beer; it's helpful to have the archaeology museum right next to where the artifacts are being uncovered

Archaeologists found this unbroken drinking jug, dating from the early 17th century, which was commonly used for drinking beer; it's helpful to have the archaeology museum right next to where the artifacts are being uncovered

Colonel Swann's Tavern (1670s) provided accommodations to colonists who attended the assembly and courts or had business in town; ruins indicate the tavern burned in 1676

Colonel Swann's Tavern (1670s) provided accommodations to colonists who attended the assembly and courts or had business in town; ruins indicate the tavern burned in 1676

Robert Cotton arrived in Jamestown in 1608 as one of 150 tradesmen sent to support the colony and exploit the resources of the New World; this is the only complete Cotton pipe known to exist

Robert Cotton arrived in Jamestown in 1608 as one of 150 tradesmen sent to support the colony and exploit the resources of the New World; this is the only complete Cotton pipe known to exist

The Ambler House was built in the 1750s as the centerpiece of a fine plantation estate; the successful Jamestown colony followed several failed attempts, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke, established in 1585 on Roanoke Island, later part of NC

The Ambler House was built in the 1750s as the centerpiece of a fine plantation estate; the successful Jamestown colony followed several failed attempts, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke, established in 1585 on Roanoke Island, later part of NC

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