11 Most Endangered Historic Places

James River

Year Listed: 2013
Location: James City County, Virginia
Threat: Inappropriate Development

James River
Photo courtesy James River Association

Significance

Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, was founded along the banks of the James River in 1607. Today, visitors trace early American history and the exploration route of Captain John Smith on the only historic National Park Service water trail – the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Carter’s Grove, Jamestown Island, Colonial National Historical Park and the John Smith Trail all provide visitors with a unique experience of the area’s history.