I kept meaning to show more pictures from my visit to Jamestown last month, but other things kept distracting me in the garden. For the first part of this post you can look here. Not only did they have a recreated Indian village, but the Fort where the first settlers spent years trying to establish a way of life in the New World. Here are some pictures of the recreated Fort:
“In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia’s James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World. The community suffered terrible hardships in its early years, but managed to endure, earning the distinction of being America’s first permanent English colony.” (www.historyisfun.org)
The walls of the fort were massive in size and had holes for the cannons to fire through.
The Colonists realized they would need artisans to make living in the wilderness possible. They had their own Blacksmith, Boatmakers and Carpenters to make what they would need for everyday life.
They even had their own Armory to store pistols, rifles, gunpowder, swords, helmuts etc. These are all working reproductions on display here.
They even had their own Church in the Fort. The Church has a brick floor and glass windows while the other buildings had dirt floors and wooden shutters. I liked the exposed beams and the simple wooden pews.
Several building were devoted to storage of dry goods. This building is for drying meat & food storage. It is attached to the kitchen with a huge hearth for cooking over a wood fire.
I noticed the majority of the homes had small Kitchen Gardens. The houses were two room buildings with a main room with a table to eat at and then a small sleeping area.
Wish I had taken a better photo of this building. I forgot my digital camera & ended up using one of those disposable cameras. 😦 This building I think must of been their Govenor’s house, it had glass in the small windows and nice furniture compared to the other homes. It wasn’t much bigger than the other’s homes. In the background you can see one of the gun platforms for the cannons. I hope you enjoyed my short tour of the Jamestown Settlement today.