Jamestown Village is the name of a living history farm, the reconstruction of an early 17th-century English settlement located in Virginia's Historic Triangle, and reachable by I-95, I-64, and US 17. The Jamestown Visitor Center opened in 2006, featuring a new museum with a theater, alongside rivers exhibition gallery and permanent exhibition galleries, classrooms, an open atrium for public events, a cafe and two gift shops.
Powhatan Indian Village Hut
At the Jamestown Settlement, you can explore a recreation of the village, including the roots of the story of Pocahontas, who lived in a similar village with her father, the Algonquin leader Powhatan. When the English settlers arrived in the Jamestown area, the Powhatan Indians were horticulturalists who lived in homes like these built alongside rivers and streams.
Step Inside a Native American House in the Powhatan Village
The reconstructed Powhatan Indian village includes a garden of crops, a ceremonial center, and reed-covered houses like this one, where visitors can step inside. A fire was used by the Native Americans to keep the room warm and cook food, baskets were stored on the walls, and animal skins covered seating benches and beds placed along the interior walls.
Historical Interpreters at the Powhatan Indian Village
The buildings, layout, and even the clothing of the interpreters at the Powhatan Indian Village are based on archaeological excavations conducted at a real Powhatan tribal site close to Jamestown, and reports by English colonists.
Susan Constant Ship at the Riverfront Discovery Center
The Susan Constant is the largest of the three ships at the Jamestown Riverfront Discovery Center, each built as replicas of the three sailing ships that brought English settlers to Jamestown in 1607. Visitors can climb onboard, enjoy the waterfront view, and learn about the lifestyle of our country's earliest settlers. The Susan Constant is said to have brought 71 people across the Atlantic Ocean from England.
Discovery and Godspeed at Jamestown
The Discovery and Godspeed are reproductions of the smaller ships that visitors can explore at Jamestown: 52 people crossed the Atlantic in the Godspeed, and 21 on board the Discovery. The interior tour of the ships gives visitors a taste of what the four-and-a-half month long journey from England to the New World would have been like.
James Fort is a recreated village of the Jamestown colonists, including a palisade defensive wall originally built between 1610 and 1614 to protect the town and its populace. In addition to regular dwellings, reconstructed buildings within the wall include an Anglican church, a storehouse, a merchant's office, and the governor's house.
Historical Interpreters at James Fort
Visitors experience the village of the Jamestown colonists through lively interactive activities with historical interpreters, whose activities and dress change with the seasons. Properly costumed interpreters demonstrate wood and leather crafts and blacksmithing (iron forging). Others perform domestic activities such as firing matchlock muskets, preparing meals, and cultivating food and tobacco.
Note that Jamestown Rediscovery is a separate destination just down the Colonial Parkway that preserves the original settlement site and features an Archaearium archaeology museum and active excavations.