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Historic Jamestowne

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Experience the original site of the 1607 James Fort, where the foundations of American democracy were built and Virginia Indian, European, and African cultures collided in the very first chapter of our nation’s history.

Explore the transformation of James Fort into James City and witness the moment of discovery as archaeologists uncover artifacts from the lives of those who lived and worked at Jamestown over 400 years ago.

Located at the east end of the island, the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, Jamestown’s archaeology museum, displays more than 4,000 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 wildlife that thrive in the area. Go on a walking tour with a historian or archaeologist to learn more about 17th-century Jamestown. Throughout the year, you can meet some of the early settlers during living history programs. Special events are held on-site to commemorate important dates in Jamestown’s history. Continue your visit with a trip along the Island Loop Drive, a five-mile, self-guided driving tour, where you can explore the outer reaches of Jamestown Island. Exhibit signs along the drive explain how 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 1608 Glasshouse to observe artisans practicing 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, as part of Colonial National Historical Park, and provides unlimited access to both historic sites for seven consecutive days. Historic Jamestowne is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day). The entrance gate and ticketing close at 4:30 p.m. The grounds remain open until dusk. 

For admission prices and event information, visit HistoricJamestowne.org or call 757-856-1250.