Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne Named One of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

By Mary Richardson

 Many know that Jamestown, Virginia, has long been of interest to Clays, particularly those who descend from John Claye who arrived there in 1613. Clay descendants, indeed all who treasure historic preservation, will be alarmed to learn that the original site is being threatened by the ravages of climate change: rising sea levels, storms, and recurrent flooding.  

A portion of the fort has long been in the James River, but what remains could be under water within 50 years. The next five years are critical. In recognition of Historic Jamestowne’s fragility, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named it to the 2022 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. 

“That is why we are launching…a call to action to Save Jamestown,” said Jim Horn, President and CO of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. “Please join us to protect this remarkable place, today and for future generations.” Find out more about the Save Jamestown effort.

 The Clay Family Society Gatherings in 2001 and 2014 included trips to Jamestown, so some of you have toured there. Whether you’ve visited or not, now is a good time to add a visit to your bucket list. Much has changed in the years that Historic Jamestowne has been “rediscovered.”

Mary Richardson is a 10g-granddaughter of 1613 immigrant John Claye. She lives in central Virginia near many ancestral Clay sites and welcomes anyone who wants to visit them with her.