“There are many branches of this river which run flowing through the woods with great plenty of fish of all kinds; as for sturgeon all the world cannot be compared to it. There is also great store of deer, both red and fallow; there are bears, foxes, otters, beavers, musk cats, and wild beasts unknown.”

— George Percy 1607

Today’s landscape of Jamestown Island looks much like it did 400 years ago. The island was farmed in the 18th and 19th centuries, but after Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service purchased all of the island’s acreage, the woods and wildlife returned. Several bald eagle nests are spread across the island. Osprey also soar overhead. Here you can read more about the colorful life that you can see at Jamestown if your eyes are sharp!