Port-Royal was established by France in 1605 and preceded the settlement of Jamestown by several years. It was primarily a fur trading post that established a relationship with the natives who traded pelts for European goods. In 1613, the British destroyed the outpost and forced the French to move to what is now known as Annapolis Royal up the coast about 20 miles.
In 1939, the government decided to reconstruct this historically significant outpost and create a living site to demonstrate how life at the settlement was in the early 1600's The settlement had a number of firsts including: the first tended crops, the first staged play, the first social club and the first water mill.
Touring the site, you learn how life in this outpost was lived with the aid of the reenactment staff providing information and answering question about the settlement. It was a great history of the site and prelude to touring the settlement that replaced it.