Colonial Parkway, Jamestown Settlement
Lots to see during a drive on Colonial Parkway. It's very scenic with several pull offs to park and get out to enjoy the view as well as learn a bit about the history of the area.
Upon arrival at the Jamestown Settlement, we were met with an awesome fountain and display of all the state flags. I even spotted the Illinois flag... fifth one back on the left.
This was a display of uniforms used to defend the English crown from the 1600's thru 2006. After I took the photos, I saw a sign that said "Do not take photos of the exhibits." Whoops.
So how did the first settlers get to America? On three ships named the Discover, Godspeed, and Susan Constant. I really cannot imagine a crew of 125 plus a hundred or so settlers sailing on that thing for months to get to Virginia. Not to mention the supplies that had to be brought also.
The Jamestown Settlement included replicas of the ships docked in the water. Visitors were invited to climb aboard and explore.
I explored the Susan Constant.
How would you like to sleep next to the canon?
After looking at all the indoor exhibits, we headed outdoors to see James Fort, the three ships that brought the first English settlers to America, and the Indian Village.
The beds were teeny-tiny!
Food and Tobacco Storage
Settler tending to the gardens and chickens.
Powhatan Indian Village
The Powhatan Indian village is based on archaeological findings at a site once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown, and descriptions recorded by English colonists. It includes reed-covered houses, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts.
This plaque sums it all up:
It's mounted on the base of a tall brick monument
Hope you enjoyed the tour of Jamestown Settlement. In Part Five, I'll be wrapping up my vacation. Thanks for sticking with me :)