Jamestown National Historic Site

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Dominion Virginia Power wants to construct seventeen 300-foot-high electric transmission towers across the James River at Jamestown, within the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and in full view of Colonial National Historical Park’s Colonial Parkway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soon will decide if they should allow this proposal to move forward. Help us ensure that the James River and the national parks along it will remain protected for everyone to enjoy. Take Action

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At-Risk Species of the James River

Not only would Dominion Virginia Power’s transmission line at Jamestown negatively impact cultural and historical sites, endangered animals and plants would also be at risk.

More About the Park

Searching for the lost Jamestown fort was a bit like trying to find the lost city of Atlantis. Most people assumed the fort was deep under the waters of the James River, whose shifting banks were thought to have washed over the old fort site, hiding it forever. But one resolute archeologist thought otherwise. William M. Kelso was determined to find the old fort in time for Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. And he did! After years of exhaustive archeological work, the fort site has been rediscovered along with over one million artifacts and several original gravesites.

Virginia Company explorers came to Jamestown Island in the James River 400 years ago. It was here they established the Virginia English colony—a full 13 years ahead of the more famous Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Today, Historic Jamestowne is a part of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia. Here, the National Park Service tells the story of all three cultures--European, North American, and African--that came together in and around Jamestown. The new Visitor Center tells how the arrival of the English influenced the Native Americans who had lived in the area for thousands of years before the settlers arrived, how the settlers eventually enslaved African Americans, and how the settlers established a democratic system of government.

Historic Jamestowne is a unit within the larger Colonial National Historical Park, a 10,221-acre park that marks both the beginning and the end of English period in Colonial America. In addition to Historic Jamestowne, the park includes Yorktown Battlefield, the site of critical victory in the American Revolution. At Yorktown, Gen. George Washington assembled troops for a surprise attack on the British in 1781, leading to the British surrender. The American victory marked the end of English rule in the colonies.









May 12, 2014

I want to bring my 11 year old grandson to Jamestown. But in addition to the history, is there anything exciting to do, like a boat trip on the River ..he has been to Williamsburg....what else is there to do.

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