Today when you go to the Jamestown settlement you can visit several different areas. You can see the replicas of the three ships, a Powhatan village, the original site of the Jamestown settlement, and a reproduction of the fort where you can visit buildings the settlers would have lived and worked in during the 1600s.
The Powhatan Village
What you see are reproductions of buildings the Paspahegh Indians lived in based on archaeological digs.
|homes where Powhatan natives lived|
|Inside the reed homes - tools they used|
|Roof made from saplings, reeds, and birchbark|
|An entire family unit would reside in here - see animals hanging on wall|
|materials used to make baskets|
|hollowing out a canoe|
|basket made from reeds and grasses|
|fossil discovered which shows imprint of basket|
|copper plate which shows the Powhatans traded with Indians further northwest|
|tools used for fishing|
|knife made from bone|
|variety of tools used|
|shell used to clean hair from animal skins|
|Reed tool used to puncture holes in leather|
The three ships - the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery are anchored at the Jamestown settlement. When you go visit you can climb on board the Susan Constant and see what it was like for the men to travel across the ocean. Today, the ships are taken out and sailed. The ships were loaded with supplies, sometimes 4 feet high in the holds. The men/settlers had to sleep on top of the supplies, leaving only a couple feet of room, usually just enough room for them to lift their heads. Sometimes the men would recline on their pallets and play cards or other games of chance while the ships traveled across the ocean. Remember they had to travel like this for over 4 MONTHS!
|The path the ships took|
|The hold of the Susan Onstant|
|The Susan Constant|
|Captain's quarters on Susan Constant|
|Crewmate of Susan Constant in the hold|
|The Hold of the Susan Constant|
The Jamestown Fort
The original Jamestown Fort was thought to be washed away. A replica of the fort was built not far away and included stores to hold their supplies, a church, and several buildings for the men to live in. Recently, evidence was found that the settlement had not been washed away at all. The imprints for the wooden palisades were discovered and soon even more evidence was uncovered - the church, the well, and even graves. Today, archaeologists are busy uncovering even more evidence of the first settlers.
|John Smith statue overlooking James River - original church excavation behind him|
|Church and graveyard near original site|
|burial ground of settlers who died during starvation period|
|excavation site - covered to protect from rain|
|grave site of original settler|
|fence reconstructed as built by settlers|
|framework of a building at the fort|