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Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Fort Site 1607 – 1624

 
 
James Fort Site 1607 – 1624 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. James Fort Site 1607 – 1624 Marker
Inscription. You are about to enter the site of 1607 James Fort, the heart of the first, permanent English settlement in North America. The sections of log walls stand above archaeological remains of the original palisades. The walls enclosed about one acre, in a triangular-shaped fortification. Right here, on May 13, 1607, Englishmen planted the roots of what became the United States of America.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 12.524′ N, 76° 46.732′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the Old Towne section of the Jamestown National Historical Park,. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Earthworks (a few steps from this marker); Storehouse & First Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown’s Churches (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain John Smith
Marker at Historic Jamestowne image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker at Historic Jamestowne
(within shouting distance of this marker); Pocahontas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Captain John Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by an “illustration of James Fort based on archaeological evidence.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesNotable Places
 
Inside James Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Inside James Fort
The marker is on the other side of the stockade walls. Archaeological work is seen on the left.
South Palisade Wall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. South Palisade Wall
Part of the original James Fort has been lost to the James River, the victim of 400 years of erosion. The river can be seen in this photo.
Current Excavation of Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
5. Current Excavation of Fort
Archaeological work continues at the site of the old fort.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,106 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on November 4, 2016.
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