Oldest Church Settlement Displayed in Va.

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One of the earliest churches in the country has become a national historic site in Jamestown, Va.

The Jamestown settlement began in 1607 by a group of 104 English men and boys as they settled on the banks of the James River in Virginia.

Captain John Smith was one of the settlers in the new land and reported that they had 14 services a week.

They had a prayer service every day, morning and evening with two sermons on Sunday.

Robert Hunt was the first chaplain of Jamestown and he was known as a peacemaker among the quarreling settlers. He endured the harsh conditions of Jamestown for only one year and died in 1608.

Today, in historic Jamestown, stands as a shrine to Robert Hunt to honor him for his sacrifice and leadership in the new world.

There are also many historic attractions for history buffs featuring gallery exhibits, living history displays and films depicting 17-century American history.

Visitors can also explore ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607 and learn about the culture of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans, and Africans.

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