Founded on May 13, 1607 by one hundred and three Englishmen, Jamestown
represents the first permanent English settlement on American soil.
The colony was located on the banks of the James River in Virginia.
Today, visitors can tour the original site at Historic Jamestowne, now an
archaeological dig; Jamestown Tercentenary Monument, erected in 1907 to
mark the 300th anniversary of the settlement's founding; and Jamestown
Settlement, a living history museum. Historical interpreters in
period dress demonstrate life in America in the setting of a recreated
fort and Powhatan village. Replicas of the three ships which sailed
here front a riverfront discovery area describing harbor economies of the
period. Gallery exhibits and film complete the picture of life
during the early 1600s.