After taking the day off yesterday, we resumed our touring today at Jamestown, Virginia.
|Kitty Said "Let's Go"|
For a place that contains few above-ground structures, it is a surprisingly compelling site. For me, it’s not just the seventeenth century history that’s interesting. I was especially fascinated by the history of archeological investigations at the site, and not just because I’m married to an archeologist! The National Park Service conducted the first archeological excavations in 1934 after acquiring the area of Jamestown known as New Towne. J.C. Harrington, who directed the project, is often known as the father of modern historical archeology.
It was always assumed that all traces of the original 1607 James Fort had been lost to shoreline erosion. Dr. William Kelso thought otherwise, and in 1994 Preservation Virginia launched the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Amazingly, more than ninety percent of the original fort has been located and more than one million artifacts have been discovered.
|Tim Surveying the Ongoing Archeological Excavations;|
The Original 17th-Century Church Tower and
1907 Memorial Church Are in the Background
|Excavation Site of the 1608 Church|
|The Archaearium Is Cantilevered Over the Site of the Statehouse|
|Foundations of the Original Settlement Along the James River|
|Reconstructed Foundations in New Towne|
|The Glass Blower at Work|
We returned to our campground via the Colonial Parkway, a twenty-three mile scenic byway constructed by the National Park Service to link Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. My favorite features of the road are the beautiful brick, arched bridges. It was a beautiful drive.
|Bridges Along the Colonial Parkway|