400 and Counting
5/1/2007
Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, celebrates a big anniversary.
 
This year — May 14, 2007, to be exact — marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of America's first permanent English settlement, at Jamestown, Va. See <jarnestown2007.org> for a roundup of commemorative events. The crowning touch is America's Anniversary Weekend May 11-13, 2007, with exhibits and activities at Anniversary Park, Historic Jamestowne <www.historicjamestowne.org> (the site of the original fort) and Jamestown Settlement <historyisfun.org>. Event attendance is limited to 90,000 visitors; day passes cost $30 for adults and $15 for children.

The colonists landed after a five-month ocean odyssey from London. At the British Web site Begin Your Adventure <www.beginyouradventure.co.uk>, click on a map to learn about historical sites there, such John Smith's birthplace and Pocahontas' grave. Descendants of Jamestown settlers can share stories; anyone with British roots can search a Surname Profiler. Find England's commemorative events here and at <www.jamestownuk.org>.

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference <www.ngsgenealogy.org> May 16-19 in Richmond, Va., will open with a talk by Virtual Jamestown <virtualjarnestown.org> project director Crandall A. Shifflea; the Friday night banquet features Richard A. Cheatham, a descendant of John Rolfe and Pocahontas. Conference registration costs $245 ($210 for NGS members) or $100 per day. Banquet tickets cost extra.