After spending a day in Colonial Williamsburg, the next day we drove down to the Jamestown area to get a taste of 17th C history. We started at Historic Jamestowne, a site jointly run by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. The NPS is responsible for the parkland comprising the original Jamestown island, while Preservation Virginia is responsible for the archeological digs happening in the old fort area and for the Archaearium museum, which houses a number of the pieces that have been excavated.
This park/museum has entirely changed since the last time I visited Jamestown, in grade school. The actual site of the original fort was not uncovered until the mid-1990s, and the Archaearium was not opened until several years later. It is amazing to think that despite knowing that the 1607 settlement was somewhere in a small, identifiable part of the island, the precise location of the fort was not found until nearly 400 years later. When the Virginia capital was moved to Williamsburg in 1698, the Jamestown city was slowly abandoned and left to nature. It became woodland and farmland.