Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jamestown 1607

Belfry : Re-creation of the church in Jamestown Fort

Last week, I spent two days out in the states visiting the Historic Triangle of Colonial Virginia. The triangle includes Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown in the southeastern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

On Thursday, I spent the day in Jamestown, seeing the historic reconstruction and archeological digs of the oldest permanent English settlement in what would later become the United States. Founded on May 13, 1607 by the London Company--later the Virginia Company--Jamestown was the first seat of government in America beginning with the Jamestown Council in 1616.

Rope en suite : Aboard the Susan Constant

In 2007, the Queen of England revisited Jamestown to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the London Company and the establishment of this settlement. Prior to her recent visit, Her Majesty visited Jamestown in 1957 to mark the 350th anniversary and to participate in the dedication of the site as an official historic monument.

Rope on deck : Aboard the Susan Constant

These are just a few pictures I took aboard the replica of the Susan Constant, one of three ships that carried 104 men and boys across the Atlantic to Virginia. To see more pictures from Historic Jamestown, see the slideshow below.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 02/09


Lucy said...

I loooooovvvvvveee Jamestown. I want to go back there.

nessabates said...

I love history so I bet this would be a great place to visit. Great shots!

D.C. Confidential said...

Lucy: I really liked Jamestown, too. The history and interaction between the Indians and the English was just fascinating!

Nessa: I would highly recommend visiting this site, if you're ever up this way. The tour guides and historic interpreters are fabulous. Really top notch!

nessabates said...

Well we have started traveling in the past couple of years to different places. Savannah, GA has been my favorite by far! There is sooo much history there. I think this will be one of the places I add to my list :)

Maya said...

These are all great shots! Looks like a fun place to visit.

bARE-eYED sUN said...


i like this one {yes, i like 'em all, but} it caught my eye, and i came back to it several times. what a good shot, huh?

natural lighting, right? *sheeeesh* i luvitt when that happens.

thanks for the post. :-)


D.C. Confidential said...

Nessa: Savannah ROCKS! I love that city. In fact, it's my favorite city in the South and it's about the only place in the South I could imagine living. The charm and history and eccentricity and southernness of it is just so cool!

Maya: Thanks. Jamestown is pretty neat. I wouldn't mind going there again.

BES: Thanks! I like Rope on Deck, too. It's sort of quirky and makes you look twice.

NG said...

I have to say that Colonial Williamsburg is lost on me. I think it's for the same reason I can't stand those Walking with Dinosaurs specials on the Discovery channel. Jamestown, however, I could spend days combing through.

These are great pictures!

D.C. Confidential said...

NG: Williamsburg was a bit dissatisfying to me, too. I haven't entirely put my finger on it, but I have a couple of incomplete theories about it. Still, I'm glad places like this are preserved.

Now, Jamestown? Jamestown I could definitely spend hours and hours combing through. I found the original fort and the recreation of the same absolutely fascinating. Go figure.