On the River, Episode 3: Jamestown -- Birthplace of Modern America
Of all the historic and environmentally significant sites along the James River, Jamestown is the true centerpiece.
It’s where Captain John Smith and his crew of roughly 100 men and boys landed in 1607 and established the first permanent English colony on American soil. It’s also where the first democratic form of government in the Americas was founded, and where Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans first interacted with one another for an extended period.
Twenty-one years ago, archaeologists rediscovered the James Fort at Jamestown. Since then, they’ve uncovered more than 2 million artifacts that have taught us about the lives of our ancestors. Today, Jamestown attracts 250,000 visitors per year who come to see the birthplace of modern America.
But Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed transmission lines could ruin all of that. Their construction would destroy the historic context of Jamestown, and mar the beautiful view from Jamestown Island that has gone relatively unchanged for thousands of years.
Watch the video to learn more about this iconic place and the threat that the proposed transmission lines pose.