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Jamestown National Historic Site


  • Address: Jamestown Island
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Jamestown, A Place of many Beginnings

Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where a successful English colonization of North America began. Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony. As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland. In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America. - NPS


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1607/05/14 Virginia Company Owner About 100 English colonist establish Jamestown, first permanent English settlement in America.
1607/05/14 John Smith Founder About 100 English colonist establish Jamestown, first permanent English settlement in America.
1608/06/02 John Smith Explorer Captain John Smith and fourteen colonists leave Jamestown to explore Chesapeake Bay Voyage of Discovery on the Chesapeake
1614/04/05 Pocahontas Bride Pocahontas marries John Rolfe at Jamestown Marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
1614/04/05 John Rolfe Groom Pocahontas marries John Rolfe at Jamestown Marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe
1619/00/00 African slaves brought to America
1619/07/30 Virginia House of Burgesses First elected legislative assembly in North America convenes
1619/08/04 Virginia House of Burgesses First elected legislative assembly in North America adjourns early due to an outbreak of malaria.
1622/03/22 Jamestown heeds the warning from Richard Pace and strengthen their defenses. Virginia Indian massacre of 1622
1639/00/00 Richard Lee I Life Richard Lee, The Immigrant, arrives in Jamestown
1652/00/00 Governor William Berkeley Royal Governor A fleet arrives from England bearing commissioners to replace the Virginia's Royalist government with Cromwellians. Berkeley raises an army of 1,000 to defend Jamestown, but, under avowable surrender terms, Berkely to disbanded his forces and retired.
1776/07/00 July through September 1676, Nathaniel Bacon controls Jamestown. During this time, Berkeley did come attempt a coup, but support for Bacon was still too strong and Berkeley was forced to flee to Accomack County on the Eastern Shore. Bacon's Rebellion

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Particulars for Jamestown National Historic Site:
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Cultural Affiliation English
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Owner Federal
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Village site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Jamestown National Historic Site
Registry Address: Jamestown Island
Registry Number: 66000840
Resource Type: District
Owner: Private, Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 20
Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Structures: 7
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Site
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Community Planning and Development, Historic and non-aboriginal, Exploration-settlement
Applicable Criteria: Event, Information Potential
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property
Cultural Affiliation: English
Period of Significance: 1650-1699, 1600-1649, 1700-1749
Significant Year: 1607, 1619, c 1700
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Village site
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

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