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Jamestown Island, Virginia

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#63 of 92 in Nature in Virginia
Jamestown Island is a 1561acre island in the James River in Virginia, part of James City County. It is located off Glasshouse Point, to which it is connected via a causeway to the Colonial Parkway. Much of the island is wetland, including both swamp and marsh.HistoryPrior to the English settlement, the nearby area was home to the Paspahegh people, or Virginia Algonquians. In May 1607, the island (then a peninsula) became site of James Fort, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The chief of the Powatan at that time, also named Powhatan, was father of Pocahontas. After Powhatan's death in 1618, hostilities with colonists escalated under his brother, Opechancanough. His large-scale attacks in 1622 and 1644 met strong reprisals by the English, resulting in the near elimination of both the settlement and the tribe. After Bacon's rebellion, Jamestown lasted until 1699, when it was abandoned in favor of a new site at Williamsburg.
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  • This is the active area for excavations that you can see up close. The church is from the 1700's and being explored inside. The areas outside are recreations of the site. Be sure and go to the museum ...  more »
  • Everyone was very helpful. The glass blowing was very interesting and the ladies were able to answer all our questions.  more »
  • Not to be missed if you want to have a feel of what it might have been like to be one of the first settler in the New World. The loop around the island is amazing, just beware of the horse flys as the...  more »
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  • I highly suggest that everyone go outside and explore. It was pretty windy when I was there, I’m not sure if it’s always like that. Just a heads up. The Park Ranger will provide a map of the path and monuments.
  • On my husbands day off, we drove here on a random little roadtrip. It was beautiful. Neither of us had been and we were impressed with the scenery. We did get out and walk a little path that lead to the water.
  • Nice facility. Great history.
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