At the Jamestown Settlement they have recreated what the fort would have looked like. One of my favorite buildings is the church.
James I is on the throne of England but you can see the Tudor styling in the building.
Craftsmanship always gets my attention. This is a reproduction but it is true to the historical records. This is from the early 1600's.
This is hanging in the back of the church by the baptismal font.
I am always interested in how even in such a remote location, they were interested in beauty. (I don't know if I took photos of the Governor's house, but some of the furniture in there is amazing!)
Great detailing on the doorway.
Governor's chair for church.
Sarah in the pulpit.
I love exploring history. I am reminded, when I come to places like this, that they were not living primitively, over all. Once they got settled they had furniture and delft tiles around the fire places, and a velvet seat on the 'fancy' seat for the chamber pot. I think because we are taught evolution in schools, that we somehow think they didn't live well. We are blessed to have electricity, better care for our teeth, the internet - you know, all those important things. I am thankful to live in the time that I do, but I am also thankful for those hearty souls who braved hardships and challenges to settle in a new land.
Ancestors, on my Dad's side, came to New Kent, Virginia in the 1680's. Others landed with Oglethorpe in Georgia. Here is an interesting bit from Wikipedia -
Georgia was a key contested area, lying in between the two colonies. It was Oglethorpe's idea that British debtors should be released from prison and sent to Georgia. Although it is often repeated that this would theoretically rid Britain of its so-called undesirable elements, in fact it was Britain's "worthy poor" whom Oglethorpe wanted in Georgia. Ultimately, few debtors ended up in Georgia. The colonists included many Scots whose pioneering skills greatly assisted the colony, and many of Georgia's new settlers consisted of poor English tradesmen and artisans and religious refugees from Switzerland, France and Germany, as well as a number of Jewish refugees. There were also 150 Salzburger Protestants who had been expelled by edict from the Archbishopric of Salzburg in present-day Austria (see Salzburg#Religious conflict), and established the settlement of Ebenezer near Savannah. The colony's charter provided for acceptance of all religions except Roman Catholicism. The ban on Roman Catholic settlers was based on the colony's proximity to the hostile settlements in Spanish Florida.
My ancestor's were some of those Scots mentioned in that paragraph.
I'm proud to have family that helped to settle America, and hope that
some of that bold and brave spirit has passed on to me and my kids.