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Jamestown Settlement is a recreation of the real English settlement founded on May 14, 1607 alongside the James River by men on a quest from London to look for profitable resources. In time, this small group of Englismen was known as the first English Colony in America, and the town became Jamestown, named after King James I of England. This portion of Jamestown affords everyone a chance to relive the past through historical sites and museums.

Inside the settlement is a visitor center where you can have access to loads of educational and historical resources such as films and galleries. A film is on loop every 30 minutes tackling the evolution of the Jamestown Settlement over the years. On the other hand, the gallery is comprised of 20,000 square feet and depicts how the settlement affects the Powhatan Indians. The galleries also showcase a number of artifacts discovered in Jamestown.

Visitors can get to explore three replica ships in the Jamestown Settlement. All the replicas are pegged down to the tiniest detail of the real 1600s ship. Aside from these, visitors are afforded a chance to walk through a Powhatan village to get a glimpse and feel on how they lived at the time of the first colonization. The walk-through is somewhat interactive and hands-on so you get try out some of the tools and techniques they employ during those days. The James fort is very English with their thatched roofs. You can also watch a couple of demonstrations including a musket being fired.

The Jamestown Settlement was created in 1957 as part of the 350th anniversary celebration. It's located adjacent to the actual historical and archaeological site called Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island, run by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. The museum was built as a complementary purpose for the site where the first settlers landed.

All in all the Jamestown Settlement offers everyone not only a glimpse of history but an entertaining time spent. It is accessible with wide paths and not too steep hill, making it easier and possible to bring along the entire family.
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