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Jamestown listed as one of the top international travel locations

Historic Jamestowne's memorial church. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
Historic Jamestowne’s memorial church. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

What do Egypt and Jamestown have in common?

They’re both listed in Frommer’s Best Places to Go in 2019.

This year Frommer’s, the publisher of popular travel guides, complied a list of the 19 best places for globe-trotters to visit and the colonists at Jamestown have made the cut.

“Virignia’s yearlong American Evolution program will bring cultural performances, talks, historical exhibits, and art installations to museums, theaters and universities throughout the commonwealth,” said Zac Thompson, Frommer’s associate editor, in an article on the company’s website.

These locations are chosen for their opportunities to see something new, experience a different culture, immerse in nature and, of course, pursue foodie passions. 

The article features various locations in the eastern region of the state, with a focus on Jamestown.

Jamestown Settlement was chosen in part for its 400th commemoration of historic events in 2019. The commemoration is a year filled with different exhibits and events to celebrate 400 years of historic events.

One of the significant events worth visiting that Frommer’s mentions is the celebration of women recruited to the settlement from England. The settlement is hosting the exhibit “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” through 2020 which tells previously unheard stories from different perspectives of women during the time period.

Frommer’s also credits the area for having a number of different events and sites close-by such as the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk in May and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.

The website credits this region of Virginia for offering unique experiences to learn about African-American and female history throughout 2019 from Historic Jamestowne’s exhibit on democracy and diversity to the raising of a women’s rights monument in Richmond.

“In other words, Virginia intends to stay woke all year long,” Thompson said.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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