Jamestown, located on Jamestown Island in the Virginia Colony, was founded on May 14, 1607. It is commonly regarded as the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, following several earlier failed attempts. Jamestown was the capital of the Colony until 1699 when the government relocated about 8 miles distant to Williamsburg.
Jamestown is currently the site of several historical attractions in James City County, Virginia. The oldest of the three main points of the Historic Triangle, the National Park Service's scenic Colonial Parkway links it with Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Nearby, the Jamestown Ferry service provides a link across the navigable portion of the James River for vehicles and offers passengers a view of Jamestown Island from the river, which is perhaps not greatly different from what the first colonists saw 400 years earlier.