At the Jamestown Settlement, you’ll learn about the 104 Englishmen who first began a settlement on the banks of Virginia’s James River. Despite terrible hardships, disease and famine, these first settlers established America’s first permanent English colony. Today, the area is dedicated to telling those colonists’ stories and the stories of the Powhatan Indians that they encountered. Every film, gallery, exhibit and living history display is a window into America’s cultural past, and an explanation as to how it shaped the present. Visitors can explore replicas of the settlers’ ships, check out a Powhatan village, and meet the people of the past via costumed historical interpreters.
While the Jamestown Settlement details the colonization of America, Yorktown Victory Center focuses on the American Revolution. From colonial status to nationhood, the center documents America’s beginnings using thematic exhibits, indoor galleries, and living history exhibits. The center describes the international impact of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the war’s impact on individuals from different nationalities. Guests can visit the re-created Continental Army Encampment where costumed actors will talk about the life of a Revolutionary soldier, or a 1780s-style farm, which gives a unique glimpse into the lives of average Revolutionary era Americans.
With two nights of lodging, you’ll have plenty of time to explore each historical site. Celebrate America’s present by understanding our great country’s humble roots.