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October 17, 2013

Historical Places Month, Part 2—Jamestown, VA

Filed under: off topic — mackenziew @ 1:16 am
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Virginia has a historic triangle—Williamsburg, Yorktown and today’s topic—Jamestown!

Settled in 1607, Jamestown was the first permanent English colony in the New World—following the attempt at Roanoke. No doubt most of you have seen Disney’s Pocahontas. And I’m sure you know it’s not entirely historically accurate. (Shocker, I know). After all, most historians believe John Smith made up the story about being saved by Pocahontas. Who was also twelve at the time the alleged incident occurred.

Disney and questionable history aside, Jamestown thrived as the British colonies blossomed. But it soon fell from prominence and the town fell into ruins.

Jamestown now is an archeological dig. A recreated village has been erected a few miles away. There is also a beautiful museum explaining the history of the settlement. My family and I spent two days there though it could be done in one. But I recommend two so you can enjoy every part of it. Though I did have to run off the ship as I was starting to get seasick.

One exhibit I remember clearly was regarding Pocahontas. Namely, the different portrayals of her throughout the centuries. Yes, it does include the Disney movie—the studios donated a cel for the display. Which is cool, in my opinion. And there is so much to learn! Like which British king thought tobacco was hazardous to one’s health.

Curious? Then go to Jamestown! You’ll enjoy it.

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