Virginia November 04, 2016
The Oldest Town In Virginia That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
One of the most noteworthy aspects of Virginia is its incredible history. Along with a few New England towns, Virginia is one of the only places whose towns date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Most are familiar with the fact that Jamestown was among the first towns established in America, but few realize the attractions there go beyond the typical field-trip. So if you haven’t visited this colonial town in recent years, here’s more information on why you should plan a trip soon.
On May 4th, 1607, James Fort was established by the Virginia Company of London as the first permanent settlement in the Americas. Few people realize that present-day Jamestown underwent many transformations, including a brief abandonment in 1610.
Along with Williamsburg and Yorktown, Jamestown is part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia and features a living history interpretive site known as the Jamestown Settlement. This frequently-visited area invites visitors of all ages to a hands-on learning experience. It’s here you’ll find replicas of the original settler ships, a Powhatan Indian village, and displays that show what life was like for these early Virginians.
A fascinating building on-site is the Jamestown Church, one of the oldest buildings that has survived from the original thirteen colonies. The first rendition of the building was constructed in 1617, although the church has seen many structural variations since then. The interior is simply exquisite, and a must-visit during your trip to Jamestown.
In addition to historical markers and buildings, the terrain of Jamestown Island makes for a memorable visit. It’s a great place to explore on foot, with beautiful views of the nearby river. You’ll notice marshlands that were perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos, an affliction faced by early colonies.
Just across the James is Chippokes Plantation State Park, which has been a working farm since 1619. This beautiful park offers beach-like views, hiking trails, an antebellum mansion, and four overnight cabins for a truly unique overnight experience.
And if you’d like to navigate the area in the same way as the earliest settlers — by boat — make sure to hop on the Jamestown Ferry, a free service that connects Jamestown to the Scotland Wharf in Surry County. The ferry runs seven days a week and was first established in 1925. There’s no better time to go than sunset, when you can watch the sun dip below the river and cast its colors on this historic gem of a town.
Have you visited Jamestown recently? Be sure to share your experiences there with us!