ATC on Location: Jamestown Settlement

Our final stop in Williamsburg was Jamestown Settlement.

FINALLY!” said Eliza. Shehad been dying to go to Jamestown Settlement, to see the  re-created Powhatan Indian village. It was the part she had been looking most forward to. First we had to see the gallery exhibits and watched the introductory film that traces Jamestown’s beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia.

Then finally, finally we headed out to the Powhatan village.

jamestown settlement with kids

Eliza taught us all how to play this game – we didn’t even know what it was! But she had learned about it in school this year.

jamestown with kids

Then, we went over and toured replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607. SO cool. Colin was very very impressed!

visit jamestown settlement with kids

Then we headed over to the colonists’ fort. Colin immediately went straight to the armor!! Imagine that!


We were fascinated to see women cooking in the house kitchen. Jamestown really showed us all how difficult life was for the colonists. Seeing something like people cooking with only colonial supplies over an open fire was so eye-opening for the kids as to the challenges of colonial life.

jamestown tips for visit with kids

Jamestown Settlement was absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately, we only had about 2 hours to spend at Jamestown, which was not nearly enough time. There was so much to see and so many exhibits and such, we really could have used a few more hours. Lots of things were hands on, so the kids were plenty entertained throughout our whole visit. It was a fantastic place to visit and the kids were so interested in everything, we will definitely have to come back! 

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disclosure: we were provided complimentary admission to jamestown settlement to facilitate this post. as always, all opinions are my own.

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.