Saturday, March 7, 2009

Jamestown, Virginia

The year 2007 was a good year to visit Jamestown. It was exactly 400 years before that when the first permanent settlement was established on United States territory. While the Queen of England wasn't around for our visit, it's still a very interesting place. The park service welcome visitors with a guide who pretends as if she is welcoming new residents in 1619; it really makes the place feel more real.

Here is a picture of the fort, which until fairly recently was thought to have eroded away into the sea. After a little digging, scientists found that the location of the fort was still on the shore. Several artifacts, including a full skelton, were found that are displayed in a museum nearby.

Jamestown Settlement, which is not controlled by the National Park Service, is nearby. It's said to be more of a theme park atmosphere with reenactors walking the streets.

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