Jamestown has two separate areas for visitors to enjoy.
One area is where the settlement was actually located with ruins of various buildings in a parklike area.
The second area is a settlement reproduction with replicated buildings, villagers in period customs, authentic activities such as cooking over an open fire, working on a ship and building a canoe … all making the English colony come to life.
If you’re traveling with kids, I definitely recommend the village. You can wander through the buildings, talking to the “village people,” go on the boats and if you’re lucky (like I was), be taught how to make a knot that the sailors used.
The settlement site has a lot of room to run, and is in a beautiful location right on the shore of the James River. Older kids might enjoy the history aspect of it – but I think younger kids would enjoy the village more.
And this is the truth. If I would get these posts up sooner than four months after I’ve been somewhere – I would do a much better job remembering details.
Here are some pictures of the village.