We got a chance to visit Jamestown Settlement on our recent vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. Before going, we had read that most people take 1 1/2 hours in the museum and 1 1/2 hours with the settlements and ships. On the advice of my mom, we decided to bypass the museum to ensure we had enough time on everything else. I’m glad we did. It took us more than 3 hours just to get through the settlements and ships. We were burned out at that point and spent no time in the museum. I’m sure it is very interesting, but it will have to wait for a future trip.
We wanted to go to Jamestown Settlement prior to Williamsburg because it is much representing a much earlier time period than Williamsburg.
There was a homeschool discount available when we were there. After showing our HSLDA card, we paid $6.50 per person (adults and kids). It never hurts to ask for a homeschool discount.
At the Jamestown settlement, there is a Native American village, replicas of the ships that first sailed to Jamestown, and a reconstruction of the original Jamestown settlement. I thouht I’d share some of the kids’ favorites.
What the kids liked:
In the Powhatan village:
- people working that you could talk to
- going inside the houses
- the specifics to this geographic location near the ocean (we’re been to Native American villages at Meadowcroft and Natural Bridge)
- going into the cabins and below deck
- moving the rudder
- lying down on the really small beds
- that they actually sail the ships during the year
- April Fool’s Joke (Ruthie loved that she came up with an April Fool’s joke for us to share on facebook. We shared this photo of our “new” home.)
- the demonstration of the musket being fired
- wearing the armor (that we saw on Drive Thru History)
Jamestown Settlement was a great way to start our Williamsburg area vacation. (It also was apparently where I took more pictures than all of Colonial Williamsburg.)
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