America’s history REALLY began in Jamestown, VA

If you paid attention to history classes, you’d know that the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock that cold Thanksgiving wasn’t when America was first settled. For those who don’t believe it, we’re here to set the record straight.

We arrived in Williamsburg, Virginia area May 1st (2015) with plans to stay three weeks at U.S. Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex RV Park.  One of the cool places we wanted to visit was  Jamestown National Historic Park; where our Nation’s history really began.

 

About Jamestown History…

Located on the James River, Britain’s King James  sent Explorer Captain John Smith to set up the Virginia Company in Jamestown, to colonize Virginia for profit. Hence, the reason why the town was named Jamestown. The expedition set sail from England in three small sailing ships, the Discovery, the Susan Constant and the Godspeed.

It wasn’t until the following year in 1607 when the English settlers first arrived on the shore of what is now Jamestown.

 

It was also when Captain John Smith met Pocahontas, a Powhatan Native American later known as Rebecca Rolfe. Pocahontas assisted English colonists during their first rough years in Virginia.

 

Jamestown today…

Today, Jamestown is listed as one of America’s National Historic Parks and one worth visiting if you’re in the Williamsburg area. It’s at the far end of the Colonial Parkway from Williamsburg.
Admittance into the park to walk the grounds, visit the museum and watch a presentation cost $14 per person if one does not have the National Park Golden Pass, Disabled Access Pass or purchase the annual National Park Pass.

 

Even if you don’t have the pass, the money is worth the day or hours spent  learning things not taught in school. Or, if they were, many of us either don’t remember or didn’t pay attention to those important details of our Nation’s history.

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