National Geographic : 1956 Apr
445 Howell Walker, National Geographic Staff Drawings Illustrate John Smith's Adventures with the Indians in "Ould Virginia" The Misses Evelyn Collins Hill and Elizabeth Gregory Hill, who live at Sea Breeze Farm on Lynnhaven Bay, display a volume entitled The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine John Smith ... beginning about the yeare 1593 and continued to this present 1629. here cut a hole for a stovepipe in the panel above the living-room fireplace; otherwise, little damage was done." Where did the window glass come from? Mrs. Spratley could not say. Jamestown had a glass factory, but it didn't make the window panes for this house. The bricks? Probably burned on the property. We walked around the garden behind the house. Now and then Mrs. Spratley stooped to pinch bits of mint, lavender, rosemary, and other herbs for me to smell. Butterflies amid the apple blossoms sometimes dislodged a fragile petal. The fragrant earth everywhere was springing to life. Not far away Capt. John Smith built a fort in 1609 as protection against both In dians and Spaniards. To see its breastworks, now barely discernible, I followed a dusty road around a wide field cultivated by a noisy tractor. I found a quiet creek, marsh grass, and a wooded bluff at the site of one of the oldest English forts on this continent. Mosquitoes Rout Jamestown Settlers Colonists could scarcely have picked a worse spot than Jamestown, across the river. The low, flat island was marshy and malarial, and wide open to Indian attack. These dan gers and discomforts, plus disastrous fires, at length forced the unhappy community to move the capital of Virginia in 1699 to the more salubrious location of Williamsburg, six miles inland.* * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Williamsburg: Its College and Its Cinderella City," by Beverley M. Bowie, October, 1954, and "Restora tion of Williamsburg," by Dr. W . A . R . Goodwin, April, 1937.