“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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Take a virtual tour of markers located along the Loop Drive on Jamestown Island.
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By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
Marker on Jamestown Island
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Bowl, Pot, and Pipe
By 1640, Jamestown potters were making thick-walled jugs, bowls, and pots for everyday use. Symmetrical design and an occasional slip-coat of color show that skilled artisans were at work. The local ware fired red, due to the iron-rich Tidewater . . . — Map (db m17401) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Early Medical Discoveries
Death and disease stalked the colony year-round. Over the first 18 years, six of seven residents of Jamestown perished – over 6,000 deaths. Dr. Lawrence Bohun arrived at Jamestown in June of 1610, and stayed until the spring of 1611. . . . — Map (db m17400) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Excellent Good Timber
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. . . . — Map (db m17391) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Harvesting Ice
Among the ruins of New Towne was a seven-foot pit, dug in colonial times. Not deep enough for a well, the hole tapered from 14 feet wide at the rim to 6 feet wide at the sandy bottom. In Britain in the 1600s, perishables were often stored in huts . . . — Map (db m17398) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Homes to Last
The colonists at Jamestown produced most of their own brick and tile locally at each building site. Bricks were used for houses, wells, and walkways; tiles for floors and roofs. Three kilns have been excavated at Jamestown, each producing bricks of . . . — Map (db m17403) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Iron for Corn
For the first years at Jamestown, the English needed food from the natives in order to survive. The Powhatans for their part sought the colonists’ commercial goods: iron tools and pots, hatchets and knives, bells and glass beads. Exchanges could be . . . — Map (db m17395) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Jamestown Island
Jamestown island formed many thousands of years ago from a series of shoals along the James River. When colonists arrived in 1607, an isthmus connected the island to the mainland, and a “paradise” of virgin hardwoods covered the land. . . . — Map (db m17404) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — On Roads of Water
Within three days of reaching the New World, the first Jamestown colonists had assembled a small boat to go exploring in the roadless wilderness. Once settled, they gathered raw materials of boat building for export as well as for their own use: . . . — Map (db m17396) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Silk Worn and Silk Spun
England – and Jamestown – imported silk from the Mediterranean and the Orient. In 1619 the Colony Secretary bragged that the cow keeper and the collier’s wife had suits of “fresh flaming silk.” Spinning fibers from the . . . — Map (db m17393) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — The “Island House”
To the right, just beyond this narrow marsh, lay the 80-acre “Island House” tract which was “planted and seated” prior to 1619 by Richard Kingsmill, “ancient planter,” burgess, and man of property and affairs. His . . . — Map (db m17363) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — The Golden Weed
King James called smoking “a filthy novelty,” but tobacco proved the salvation of his Virginia colony. Seeds from South America and the West Indies, grown in Virginia’s soil and climate, produced a pleasing leaf. From 1615 to 1619, . . . — Map (db m17394) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — The Hardwood Harvest
By the 1600s, hardwood lumber was scarce in England. Early exports of the colony were potash, used in the manufacture of glass, and soap ash, which yields liquid soap. The ashes of hardwood logs were mixed with water, strained, and heated to a . . . — Map (db m17399) HM
Virginia (James City County), Jamestown — Virginia’s Vintage
The plentiful grape vines in the New World raised hopes of a profitable wine making industry. Native and imported varieties produced a drinkable vintage, but the wine often spoiled during shipment to England. The venture failed. A local market did . . . — Map (db m17402) HM

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