We wouldn't consider ourselves history buffs, but to visit the place where your country's civilization began is a nice thing. In actuality, the country had begun before "the English" arrived since it was inhabited by American Indians in various parts of the country, as it was here with the Powhatan.
We thought we would visit Historic Jamestown first and then go to Jamestown Settlement which was actually the 1st choice my husband had for his birthday trip, but when we arrived we took the left fork to begin our day at Historic Jamestowne instead. That's all we did. After a wonderful day of learning and beautiful weather to accompany us, my husband said, "I don't know of anything at Jamestown Settlement that would beat this. We've already had the real thing." So we skipped Jamestown Settlement which was more commercialized.
We got to see the archaeological digs and have one of the archaeologists explain the sites. Never having had any experience in archaeology, it was very enlightening and interesting. The visitor center was filled with displays and a film. They also built another museum to hold all the artifacts that have been unearthed. It was very interesting.
On the other end of the island is a drive through the wild areas of the island to see the native flora and fauna. We had forgotten about that before leaving so we missed doing it ... but that just means we shall return and do it next time since we only live 2-1/2 hours from it.
You can view my photo album of our visit at this link:
Here's a link to Virtual Jamestown: - a digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and "the Virginia experiment."
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