“Rediscovering Jamestown: A New Way to Explore James Fort Virtually” is a project to develop a virtual tour portal for exploring the rich resources related to the history and archaeology of Jamestown. Virtual tours of the archaeological site of James Fort and the Archaearium Museum will be told through a series of videos connected through an interactive, online map. The archaeology tour will weave together the history of the settlement with how archaeological research has informed our understanding of the site. The other tour, “Anas Todkill’s Jamestown,” will be presented from the perspective of one of Jamestown’s important early settlers who was a comrade of Captain John Smith.
Relevant historical information, images, artifacts, and other videos will be linked to each tour topic, enabling the public and students to explore further. The education team will also develop lesson plans for using the portal in elementary as well as middle/high school classrooms.
The “Rediscovering Jamestown” project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. The new virtual tours will launch in early spring 2021.