400th Anniversary Commemoration
of the First Permanent English Settlement
in America 1607-2007
From left to right: Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed. Viewed by Jamestowne Society members who attended the morning program on Jamestowne Island early on Saturday, May 12, 2007, this group sailing represents a rare occurrence where all three ships are under sail at one time. Photograph courtesy of Roger Mason.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Elizabeth S. Kostelny, Executive Director of APVA-Preservation Virginia, greets guests on her visit to Virginia. Shortly after this photo, the Queen was introduced to Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., Jamestowne Society Lieutenant Governor. Photograph courtesy of Carter Furr.
Additional information: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Richmond May 3, 2007, for a state visit to the United States. The Queen addressed the Virginia General Assembly on May 3, and the following day, visited Historic Jamestowne. She was accompanied by Vice President Richard Cheney and Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the archaeological site on the isalnd, spoke with Dr. William M. Kelso, Head Archaeologist of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, and toured the Archaearium, which houses many of the newly discovered artifacts. Jamestowne Society Governor W. Harrison Schroeder, Esq., and Lt. Governor Carter Branham Snow Furr, Esq., were in attendance as representatives of the Jamestowne Society and Order of First Families of Virginia, respectively. During the Queen's walkabout, Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director of APVA-Preservation Virginia, introduced the Queen to Furr and the two had a brief conversation. Furr told the Queen that our ancestors were the Englishmen who first founded Jamestown. The Queen then said, "Ah. You can trace your ancestors back to then?" Furr replied, "Yes, I can."
Getting up at the crack of dawn was not a hardship for descendants of the first permanent English settlers to America - they were looking forward to their private early morning access to Jamestown Island on the day of the 400th Anniversary Commemoration. Most were staying at the Williamsburg Marriott, or Kingsmill or other nearby accommodations. Photograph courtesy of Roger Mason.
The "Godspeed," second in size in the replica fleet, toured locations along the East Coast in preparation for the 400th Anniversary Commemoration in the spring of 2007. Here, the Godspeed passes the Statue of Liberty. Photograph courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
A replica of the shallop used by Captain John Smith to explore the Chesapeake Bay in the first years of settlement makes landfall at Jamestowne Island, re-enacting the landing of May 13, 1607.The shallop and its crew re-traced many of the routes which earlier explorers had taken. Photograph courtesy of Carter Furr.
Last Update: 7 October 2014