When you visit Historic Jamestowne, you walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the men and women who in 1607 settled England’s first permanent colony in North America. It was the capital of the Virginia colony from 1607 to 1699 and the general assembly—the first gathering of a representative governing body in America—met in the church at Jamestown in 1619. Here is the birthplace of our democracy.
For nearly a quarter century, the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological team has been uncovering the fragments left behind by Jamestown’s first colonists—evidence that has changed our understanding of the struggles and triumphs of early 17th century life in Virginia. More than two million artifacts, such as tools, household items, weaponry, and body armour, as well as skeletal remains have been excavated.
Recent work includes the excavation of one of the 1617 church’s earliest and most-prominently-positioned graves, believed to be that of Governor, Sir George Yeardley and they are actively exploring Lieutenant William Pierce’s property to learn more about the household and landscape where Angela, one of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia, lived.
This travel program includes specially-led tours of the James Fort and Pierce/Angela sites, a behind-the-scenes tour of the artifact vault and exploring the Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, a museum that houses some of the most spectacular artifacts uncovered since the Jamestown Rediscovery Project began in 1994.
Virginia Journeys is a member-only travel program. The reservation fee includes transportation, admission fees, lunch, and snacks and beverages while in transit.
The reservation fee is nonrefundable. Cancelled reservations may be eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction and will be receipted upon request.
In this book, William Kelso takes us to Jamestown, unearthing footprints of structures to reveal evidence of the lives and deaths of the first settlers and new insight into their relationships with the Virginia Indians.