Jamestown, Virginia, near Williamsburg
Walk in the footsteps of legendary figures from 400 years ago and image what it was like to start life anew far from home. A comprehensive museum includes displays on the Native-American culture and the English settlers who brought their Old World ideas into a New World. It was May 13, 1607 when 104 Englishmen had traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, dropped anchor at what is now Jamestown, Virginia and began America’s first permanent English colony. Today at Jamestown Settlement, the story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history. New gallery exhibits and a new introductory film (opening October 16, 2006) trace Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia. This was known as the Jamestown Festival Park until 1990.
The 400th Anniversary an American Extravaganza. Three days and nights commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary was held on May 11-13, 2007.
The original site of the Jamestown colony is co-administered by the National Park Service and APVA – Preservation Virginia (Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities).
Historic Jamestowne: National Park Service Site
A variety of information for visitors as well as a series of historic briefs to learn more before you go. http://www.nps.gov/colo/Jamestwn/jamestown.htm
The official website for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s settlement. Learn about upcoming events and past commemorations. www.jamestown2007.org/
Offers a complementary experience to Historic Jamestowne with reconstructions of James Fort and the original three ships. Experience the story of America’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement. This was known as the Jamestown Festival Park until 1990. http://www.historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm
Jamestown Rediscovery – The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities’ Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project. Jamestown Rediscovery is investigating the remains of 1607-1698 Jamestown on the APVA property on Jamestown Island, Virginia. http://www.apva.org/jr.html
Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation
The mission of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is to educate and to promote understanding and awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States of America. The Foundation, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and administers two living-history museums. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, P.O. Box 1607, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-1607. Phone: (757) 253-4838 or toll-free (888)593-4682; Fax (757)253-5299. http://www.jamestown-yorktown.state.va.us/