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

Excellent Good Timber

 
 
Excellent Good Timber Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Excellent Good Timber Marker
Inscription. Colonists marvelled at the deep, tall forests of Virginia – then set to clearing them away. The “goodly tall Trees” became firewood, fort walls, house frames, boat planks, barrel staves, industrial fuel, and lumber exports.

Jamestown’s ruins yielded many tools of woodcutters, sawyers, and carpenters. Coopers were especially busy. Barrels and casks bore shipments for England, and stored colonial supplies.

A two-man crosscut saw was recovered almost intact, from an abandoned site in New Towne. Pit saws were also used.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 12.608′ N, 76° 46.04′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Loop Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on Jamestown Island, along the Loop Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown VA 23081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jamestown Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); Homes to Last (approx. 0.3 miles away); On Roads of Water (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620-1640 (approx. 0.4 miles
Marker on Jamestown Island Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker on Jamestown Island
away); May-Hartwell Site 1660-1699 (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Remarkable Collection 1670-1700 (approx. 0.4 miles away); An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ambler House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jamestown.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a picture of Jamestown colonists sawing and milling freshly cut timber.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a virtual tour of markers located along the Loop Drive on Jamestown Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Island Loop Drive. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 27, 2009, 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 March 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Jamestown Timber Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Jamestown Timber
This example of the Excellent Good Timber of Jamestown Island is located near the marker.
Saw excavated in Historic Jamestowne Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Saw excavated in Historic Jamestowne
This saw was excavated a short distance away in New Towne, as mentioned on the marker. It is on display in the Jamestown Visitor Center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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