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Monday, August 5, 2019

Exploring the Susan Constant at the Jamestown Settlement

Susan Constant at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia
The replica Susan Constant is docked at the Jamestown Settlement (a living history museum) in Virginia. The original Susan Constant was in service around 1606 and went out of service around 1615. Christopher Newport, the captain of Susan Constant led her on a voyage across the Atlantic in 1606 - 1607 along with her two sister ships Godspeed and Discovery, owned by the Virginia Company of London.

Susan Constant measures 116 feet from tip to stern with an estimated weight of 120 tons. She was a fully-rigged sailing ship. During that initial voyage to the Colony of Virginia she carried 71 passengers (colonists), all male.
Susan Constant at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia

Susan Constant at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia

When visiting the historic Jamestown Settlement in Virginia you'll have the opportunity to see the replica Susan Constant, along with her sister ships Godspeed and Discovery. They're docked in the Jamestown River, adjacent to historic Jamestown.

The ships are commemorated on the back of the Virginia State Quarter. In 2007 the United States Postal Service commemorated the ships on .41 cent postage stamps. If you're a collector, you may want to save them if you can find them.
Susan Constant at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia

The Jamestown Settlement is really cool place to visit, especially if you enjoy learning about our country's early history. Since its a living history museum, you'll find people walking around dressed in colonial attire. You can tour the James Fort, visit the Powhatan Indian Village, watch live on-site demonstrations and tour the Susan Constant, Discovery and Godspeed.

We've had the opportunity visit twice and every time we go we learn something new. It's a great way to educate yourself on the early days of this country and makes for a GREAT family-friendly outing with the kids. When visiting, we recommend allowing at least 3 hours in your schedule, so that you can experience everything that they have to offer.

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