J is for Jamestown
Jamestown is part of Virginia’s Historic Triangle – see also W is for Williamsburg and Y is for Yorktown. It’s the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World (1607) and the place where Captain John Smith, the colony’s leader, was rescued by Pocahontas. Next door to the original site is the Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum of the type that the Americans seem to be so good at – and, just 20 miles away, you can see where the colony came to an end at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. So much history contained in such a short distance.