Williamsburg, Part Two – Jamestown Settlement

OK, so yesterday I went over our first day at the Powhatan resort. For as much fun as we had that first night, it paled in comparison to the day that we had before us. For that matter, I will take two full days of blogs just to unpack everything that we did on the second day of our trip.

However, a good starting point would probably be with our arrival at the Jamestown settlement. The Jamestown settlement is a short drive away from the resort that we stayed out. Now granted, the museum and settlement site is not the original location. In order to see the original location, you would have to travel a few more miles up the road. From what we were told the original location is still in use but is not really a tourist site. Instead, it is a location of many archaeological digs. For that matter, the lady that sold us our tickets stated that the original location is still one of the most visited sites in America in regards to archaeological dig’s. She stated that they still find many relics of the Revolutionary War era at that location on a fairly regular basis.

We did not visit the original site but chose to visit the museum and the recreated areas instead. When you first arrive at their location, there is a large monument in the parking lot that honors all of the states in the United States of America. There is a long walkway that is surrounded by a multitude of flags, mostly honoring the states that are represented in our country. At the end of the walkway is a fountain that has a model of a ship in it. This is located just before the door to the museum’s entrance.

They do not allow photography inside the museum so I was not able to take any pictures while inside. However, the museum itself is fantastic with a huge array of historical documents and displays of that time. The museum focuses on three different people groups that all came together at Jamestown. They are the Powhatan tribe that already inhabited the area, the English colonists who came there to settle, and the African slaves that English brought with them to work the land.

After finishing a tour of the museum we went outside and started our exploration of the three different outdoor locations on site. The first of these was a re-creation of the Powhatan Indian village. There were many huts that represented anything from their living quarters to areas that they would group in for meetings. There were also stations set up around the camp where you could learn how to make tools and grow food within the village.

Just beyond the village was the harbor. At this location were stationed three ships that you could explore. One of the ships was fairly large and had two sublevels that you could explore. The other two were smaller and could be boarded. However, the sublevels to these vessels were not accessible. A friend of mine (who, in this case, turned out to be a liar) had stated that you could ride on these ships around the harbor. We asked about the rides and were told that they did not offer rides to the general public.

However, and I thought this was neat, you can volunteer to work on these ships throughout the year and earn hourly credits towards an expedition. They take the two smaller ships out about a dozen times over the year. They estimated that you would need to put in about thirty or so volunteer hours in order to qualify for one of these trips.

After we left the harbor, we made our way over to the Jamestown settlement fort. As I said before, this was not the original location so everything here is a recreation of what they believed the original to look like. I must say, they did a fascinating job. What I found most interesting about this fort’s story is how crippled these people became by their fear of the Indians that lived outside of their walls. For that matter, my friend, Mischelle Tuley, wrote about this very thing after she visited here. They were so afraid of the threat outside that they literally resorted to eating their own boots when they ran out of food. They were that afraid of leaving their walls.

In the middle of the fort, stood a fairly large building. For that matter, I think it was the largest building there and was also the only building that existed in the middle of the fort instead of near a wall. This building was the church and was easily my favorite part of the entire place. Sydney walked in with me and immediately took notice that the pews were not covered with padding. They were hardwood pews with tall backs. Another thing that we took note of was the difference in the words that were displayed around the church. Much has changed in regards to our language over the past few hundred years and it was evident here.

On the back wall was a passage of scripture from the book of Acts. We noticed that, in this case, every time an “s” was required, it was written to look like the letter “f”. This made it difficult to read at first but easy to decipher after a couple of glances.

All in all, the visit to the Jamestown settlement was a great idea. You know, our nation began here. It was good to get to see this place. After we left Jamestown, we drove about thirty more minutes down the road to Yorktown. If you have any Revolutionary War history in your education, you will recognize that name. However, we’ll save that one for tomorrow.

Life is Strange. Live it Well.

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    1. I had completely forgotten that you guys went there too. I only remembered when you commented on one of the pictures. I’m glad you reminded me though so I could include it in this post.

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