JAMES FORT


A Brief History: The James Fort replica is located within Colonial National Historic Park, Jamestown Settlement at Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg Virginia. The structure is a 20thcentury reconstruction of the fort that previously stood in the area. The actual fort was built between 1610 and 1614 and stood until it was swallowed by the sea where it was nearly entirely eroded away. During a preservation effort in the early 20thcentury a seawall was constructed that forced the waterline back far enough to expose more of the original settlement. In 1996 archaeologists were finally able to excavate the ruins of the original fort. The replica fort is used today for reenactment purposes where visitors can see displays of period craftsmanship such as blacksmithing and leather making.


Haunted History: There have been claims of a shadowy figure lurking around the grounds of the fort. People have also claimed to have heard cannon fire and gun fire coming from the fort at after the area was closed.