Our first day, right out of the box, we introduce the grand children to Jamestown. This is where the first English settlers landed and struggled to live. It began at Jamestown in 1607. and it ended 23 miles away at Yorktown in 1781. One hundred and seventy-four years of hope, adventure, discovery, settlement, struggle, suffering, war and growth that saw the country expand from a lonely English settlement of 104 men and boys on the James River into 13 British colonies. It ended for Great Britain in a port town on the York River, where independence for the new United States became a reality. In between those dates, Jamestown was abandoned, the people moved 10 miles inland and created the city and capitol of Virginia, Williamsburg.
What we found out this time was much of the archeology being researched there is fascinating. Past visits where we observed digs going on are now complete and readers boards are in place to teach us what they found. For instance, the 1607 church is now completely found and on display. See the picture.