Exhibits - Jamestown Land Agreement
Permanent Exhibit in The Town Hall
The 1657 Land Agreement is the basis for Jamestown land titles. The prepurchase document among the buyers of Conanicut Island details what percentage of land on the island would belong to each purchaser after the purchase of the land from the Narragansetts was finalized.
When property is purchased today a title search is done to show a legal chain of ownership from the current owner back through the last 350 years to this first land title document of Jamestown.
Above right is the first page of the document. Below it is the 7th and last page, which contains 74 of the 101 signatures on the document. The Land Agreement is displayed in the Town Hall.