- In June of 1606, King James I commissioned the Virginia Company to establish a permanent English speaking settlement in North America. They landed at Cape Henry on the Chesapeake Bay and planted a Christian cross at what is now First Landing State Park. Three days later, they sailed up the James River and established their settlement on Jamestown Island. The ruins can be seen today as part of an archeological exhibit.
Recreation - This area is known as the Historic Triangle, featuring historical exhibits about Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Preparations for the 400th Anniversary Celebration are well underway.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
Jamestown is located southwest of Williamsburg off Rt. 5.