Historic Jamestowne: A Colonial National Historical Park
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Walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America in 1607. Experience the actual place where the first representative assembly in America met and the first Africans arrived in Virginia.
Explore the original site of the 1607 James Fort and witness the moment of discovery as archaeologists uncover artifacts from this first settlement. At the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, learn about daily interpretive programs, tour the exhibit galleries, shop in the museum store and view a multimedia theater presentation that will immerse you in the sights and sounds of 17th-century Jamestown Island.
Located at the east end of the island, the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, Jamestown’s archaeology museum, displays more than 2,000 artifacts from James Fort.
After a visit to the Archaearium, enjoy lunch on the banks of the James River at the Dale House Café. Spend time soaking up the natural environment of the island, where you can observe bald eagles, blue herons and white-tailed deer among the indigenous wildlife that thrive in the area.
Throughout the year, you can meet some of the early settlers during eyewitness programs and living history tours. Events are held on site to commemorate important dates in Jamestown’s history.
After departing the Visitor Center, continue your visit with a trip along the Island Loop Drive, a five-mile, self-guided driving tour, where you can explore the natural environment. Exhibit signs along the drive explaining how the early Jamestown settlers harnessed this environment to help them survive. Take the time to park at Black Point, on the island’s eastern tip, and walk the footpath to the James River for a spectacular panoramic view.
Complete your visit with a stop at the Glasshouse of 1608 to observe artisans practice glassmaking, one of the earliest industries attempted on the island.
Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the site of America’s first permanent English settlement.
Admission to Historic Jamestowne also includes admission to Yorktown Battlefield and provides unlimited access to both historic sites for seven consecutive days. The entrance gate is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Visitors may stay on the site until dusk. For admission prices and event information, visit HistoricJamestowne.org or call 757-856-1250.