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This History & Heritage Getaway features the actual site of the nation's first English settlement in 1607 as well as one of the locations in the epic film, The New World, directed by Terrence Malick.
Visit Historic Jamestowne, which is an active archeological site jointly administered by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and the National Park Service. Watch Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists as they uncover new finds buried where the original fort stood. Enjoy a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the original settlement along the James River. And take a driving tour where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed the wilderness. You just might see bald eagles, heron, deer and other wildlife.
Next door is Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum, where you can tour replicas of the three ships that brought the Englishmen from across the Atlantic in 1607. Explore life size re-creations of a colonial fort and a Powhatan Indian village — like the one where Pocahontas lived — and interact with the costumed interpreters. Enjoy lunch at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe and shop at the Jamestown Settlement Museum Store, featuring 17th-century reproductions and unusual educational toys.
Afterwards, walk along the trail that leads to the Riverfront Discovery Area. Learn about 17th-century piloting and navigation and boat-building, fishing, and trade between the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures that came into contact at Jamestown.
If you have time to see other The New World film locations, drive along Route 5 north to Charles City and to Berkeley Plantation, where the first official Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1617.
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