Most everyone knows that Jamestown was the first settlement in the United States having been founded in 1607. It’s probably the first bit of history we learn in grade school along with the story of Pocahontas, the Indians bringing food to the settlers, and the celebration of Thanksgiving.
There’s a large museum complex with a theater, the reconstructed settlement, and replicas of the three boats that brought the settlers over. There were not many tourists and so the guides in period costumes were very available to talk about their area of expertise. It’s a wonderful place to bring children to jumpstart their interest in history.
Williamsburg was nearby but at $32 a person we had to pass. I pushed my luck anyway in walking two days in a row. Normally I walk one day and recuperate for 2 or 3 days.