We arrived in Williamsburg, Virginia area May 1st with plans to stay three weeks at U.S. Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex RV Park. One of the first touristy things we wanted to do while we were in the Williamsburg area was to take a day to go to Jamestown National Historic Park; where our Nation’s history all began. Now, if any of you paid attention to history class in elementary school, you would know that Plymouth Rock and all the pilgrim Thanksgiving hoopla wasn’t when America was first landed.
It was at Jamestown (located on the James River) that Britain’s King James (now we know how Jamestown and the James River were named!) sent Explorer Captain John Smith to set up the Virginia Company, to colonize Virginia for profit. The expedition set sail in three small 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, who assisted English colonists during their first years in Virginia.
Unfortunately, we ran out of time to go see the replica ships. That just encourages us to go visit again!
Today, Jamestown is listed as one of America’s National Historic Parks. 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 very worth the day or hours spent there, 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.