If Heaven looks
like this place, please book me a room.
~ Switzerland ~
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There is no reason to stay anywhere else.
~ North Carolina ~
Boxwood Inn of Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast is only a ten-minute drive to Jamestown, Virginia. While there are no Jamestown bed and breakfasts, Williamsburg is very convenient and is just several miles down the scenic Colonial Parkway. There are an abundance of recently discovered artifacts of historic significance awaiting you! We think you will be delighted!
Today, there are two Jamestowns. Historic Jamestowne is the actual site of the original James Fort and is administered jointly by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) and the National Park Service. The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum that contains replicas of the James Fort and the three ships. It is run by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, which belongs to the State of Virginia.
Historic Jamestown is located on Jamestown Island and is a favorite of ours. It is the site of the original James Fort! The setting is magnificent – right on the banks of the stupendous James River. Before its discovery in 1994, it was believed to have washed into the James River. The site has been open to the public since 1996. It is an excavation site and an archeological marvel! Highlights include the James Fort excavation site and lab, original 1639 church tower, Confederate earthworks, and foundations of Virginia statehouses. Take a tour of the land adjacent to the Fort, where the colonists built larger homes and other buildings. Irrigation ditches still exist. Other activities include driving the wilderness loop and visiting the glass blowing shop. Be sure to talk to one of the volunteers from APVA, who will gladly answer your questions.
The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum and tells the story of the colonists who discovered and settled Jamestown, and describes the culture of the Powhatan Indians. Visit the replica of the James Fort, Powhatan Village and the three ships that carried the colonists to the New World -- the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery. Historical interpreters in 17th Century costumes describe and demonstrate daily life.
Over 100 English colonists landed on Jamestown Island in May of 1607 and established America’s first permanent English colony in Jamestown, Virginia. The location of the original site along the James River was selected because of its deep-water channel and its good defensive position. The courageous Englishmen traversed the Atlantic Ocean in three (relatively) small ships -- the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery. The trip to the New World lasted more than four long months.
The Jamestown colonists erected a three-sided wooden fort, which became known as the James Fort. The colony suffered numerous hardships during its first several years including famine, disease and Indian attacks, but managed to survive.
Captain John Smith was the colony’s most well known and perhaps most effective leader. An injury forced him to return to England during which time he published numerous accounts of early Jamestown.
The initial voyage was sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, which was chartered by King James I. One of the goals of the Virginia Company was to find a northwest passage to the Orient. Another goal was for the colony to make a profit. It failed to do so in its early existence. The turning point came in 1613, when John Rolfe cultivated tobacco and discovered that it not only flourished in Virginia but also was profitable. This discovery led to the rapid growth of the Virginia colony.
John Rolfe later married Pocahontas, daughter of the Algonquian Chief, Powhatan.
In the yearss that followed, Algonquian Indian uprisings resulted in the killings of hundreds of colonists. More settlers arrived in Jamestown, including indentured servants. Virginia became a crown colony in 1624. As the population of Jamestown increased, the colonists left the confines of the James Fort and built dwellings to the east. Jamestown remained the capital of Virginia until 1699 when the seat of government moved to Williamsburg.
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