Sunday, May 21, 2006

Jamestown Colony Turns 400

Now is the time to travel to Jamestown, VA!

In May 2006, Jamestown begins its countdown to the fort’s 400-year-old birthday. This is such an exciting place to take children on vacation.

Touching history is easy at Jamestown. In June of 1606, King James I granted a charter to a group of London entrepreneurs to establish a satellite English settlement in the Chesapeake region of North America. By December, 108 settlers sailed from London instructed to settle Virginia, find gold and a water route to the Orient. The fort, boats, and the authentic settlers make it a perfect place to learn and enjoy.

Take a step back in time as the replica of the ship, the Godspeed sails from the Chesapeake Bay up the James River re-creating parts of the original route sailed almost 400 years ago. Godspeed, one of the three original ships that in 1607 brought America's first permanent English colonists to Jamestown, our nation's birthplace, and will serve as a floating museum for families, students and tens of thousands of visitors.

Come and explore a sampling of 17th -century America. Visitors will be welcome aboard as she docks and enjoy the festivities, music, art and cultural activities. Enjoy America’s unique heritage!



Ports of call begin May 27 through July 2006

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays; *
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekends and holidays*
(Fri-Sun, + May 29th and July 3)

Where: Alexandria, VA. - May 27 through June 3
(Founders Park/Torpedo Factory/City Marina/Waterfront Park)

Baltimore, Md. - June 9 through June 12
(Baltimore Inner Harbor- 401 Light Street is the main entrance)

Philadelphia, Pa. - June 16 through June 19
(The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing- Columbus Blvd. at Market Street)

New York, NY. - June 27 through July 6
(South Street Seaport Museum's Pier 16- South Street at Fulton Street)

Boston, Mass. - July 14 through July 19
(John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse- 1 Courthouse Way and adjacent Fan Pier)

Newport RI. - July 25 through July 30
(Newport Yachting Center- America's Cup Avenue at 4 Commercial Wharf)

*Public Hours noon to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free admission to all events and activities

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