Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson Home 1620s
Jackson the smith was at work in his shop . . .
Minutes of the General Court, 1623
Protection was of the utmost importance in the early years of Virginia. Gunsmiths like Jamestown resident, assemblyman, and churchwarden John Jackson, were invaluable members of the community. Fine artifacts like window glass, an ivory cribbage board, and curtain rings discovered here, on the site of Jackson’s house, indicate that he and his family enjoyed a high standard of living.
Jackson appears in Virginia records as early as 1623 when he patented a 3/8-acre waterfront lot in New Towne. Archaeologists believe this is where Jackson lived and plied his trade. They recovered gunsmithing artifacts – lead, gun flints, scrap metal, iron ore slag, and lead shot – from inside the two-room dwelling and from a well and refuse pits in the yard.
In 1623, Richard Frethorne, a servant from the Martins Hundred settlement, wrote in a letter home, “Goodman Jackson pityed me & made me a Cabbin to lye in always when I come up …. ” He added that Jackson and his wife were “like a father” and “a
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Location. 37° 12.406′ N, 76° 46.483′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in the "New Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fences and Livestock (within shouting distance of this marker); Row Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690 (within shouting distance of this marker); May-Hartwell Site 1660-1699 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Remarkable Collection 1670-1700 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Campsite pre-1607 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (about 300 feet away); A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620-1640 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of the “Jackson house excavation, ca. 1990s,” and a photograph of the “Jackson house excavation showing brick footings, ca. 1935.” The left side of the marker features a picture of a Jamestown resident with the caption “Skilled gunsmiths were needed in the Virginia colony to repair weapons”. Above this are photos of artifacts excavated at this site, including a shard of Diamond window glass and an Ivory cribbage board fragment.
Also see . . .
1. Probable Site of Home and Shop of a Gunsmith. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 20, 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 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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