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A Timeline for Structures at Jamestown Related to the Chiles Family

NPS archeologist Empy Jones' sketch of Structure 44 at Jamestown, created in the 1930s.

Colonial NHP Collection


In 1638-9, Richard Kemp, who served as Secretary of the Virginia colony during the tenure of the irascible Sir John Harvey, built his “brick house” on 3 ½ acres of land to the east of the present-day Ambler ruins. This “brick house” was designated S44 by NPS archeologists; it is the building that would eventually pass into Walter Chiles I’s hands. Governor Sir John Harvey identified Kemp’s house as the first brick dwelling at Jamestown and two eyewitnesses used the word “faire” to describe the house. Governor Harvey himself referred to Kemp’s house as “the fairest that ever was knowen in this countrye for substance and uniformity.”

Read more From Jamestowne NPS Park Ranger Lee Pelham Cotton 2006 at Jamestowne site

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