Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg
About Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg
Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 1368 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Jamestown, VA 23081, United States
Ticket Price: 14 USD
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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Located on the James River, Historic Jamestowne is the cultural heritage site where the city of Jamestown was established way back in 1607. It was the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The heritage site is jointly taken care of and operated by US National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.
The site offers great insight into the lives of the early settlers and their interactions with Native Americans. Archaeological digs keep happening on the site and interesting discoveries and revelations keep popping up with every dig. The town has been meticulously reconstructed to give you a true sense of what life was like back then. The museum with its artefacts will give you all the information you need. It’s the place to be if you truly ‘dig’ American history. There are a number of exhibits that you will be able to visit:
- The Visitor Centre presents films and galleries which highlight the history of Jamestowne from the prehistoric times to now.
- The Archaearium has 2000 artefacts on display and visitors learn how they were found.
- The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed is an exhibit that sheds light on the interaction between the natives and English settlers.
- Jane’s Story discusses the winter of 1609-1610 when Jamestown was at the edge of collapse through drought, starvation, disease and attacks by the natives.
Historic Jamestowne Information
- It would be good if you read up on your history before visiting.
- Getting a tour guide is a good idea.
- The site has a great gift shop that you can visit.
- The park may close for inclement weather.
- Wheelchairs are available at the visitor centre.
Historic Jamestowne Ticket Prices
- General admission is free for children and active military “access pass” holders.
- You can also buy the four site value ticket that is valid for seven consecutive days at Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield, Jamestown Settlement, and Yorktown Victory Center for $35 (adults), $23 (13-15 yrs), $ 12.50 (6-12 yrs).
- Tours take place entirely outdoors and it can get bitterly cold during winters. Be prepared.
Historic Jamestowne Opening and Closing Hours
- Entrance Gate: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- 1608 Glass House: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Visitor Centre: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Archaearium archaeology museum: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (winter hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
- Island Loop Drive: 8:30 am – sunset
How To reach Historic Jamestowne by Public Transport
- Rented car
Restaurants Near Historic Jamestowne
- Jamestown Pie Co.
- Five Forks Cafe
- Old Chickahominy House
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We had such a great time here. The location itself is lovely and picturesque with stunning views of the James River. It was easy to navigate a stroller everywhere we wanted to go, which was a huge plus. We got to go on the archaeology tour and our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. It is so cool that this place is still an active archaeological dig site--and the museum on site has things they've actually found right there. We grabbed lunch at the Dale House Cafe and it was tasty and reasonably priced. Loved the outdoor patio area so we could look out at the water while we ate. All in all, Historic Jamestowne is definitely worth a visit!
Another interesting historic venue! Honestly, I used to not care enough about history but learning about the efforts to bring this place back history books and correct the old, misinforming textbooks I grew up knowing... Well, I'd go back again. At the time of this writing, they are still unearthing parts of historic Jamestown with so much more to discover. This is the root of our country and the archaeologists and teams are literally finding new information all the time! You'd think we'd already known our history, but nope!!
We had a gorgeous autumn day to visit Historic Jamestowne. The museum displays were interesting, the movie was terrific in the round, and the ruins along the river simply made us feel connected to our country's early roots. Since we have a 7 day pass, we'll be going back to see the glass blower and drive the island tour. It's a MUST SEE and EXPERIENCE.
I have been to Historic Jamestowne on multiple occasions, and I love it there. It has expansive grounds, and you can visit a reconstruction of the fort. I also enjoyed their on site cafe, which had excellent sandwiches. Lastly, I was impressed to learn that excavation work is still going on there, and I was able to watch as they worked on a dig site.
Their is a ton if history in this part of Virginia but if you only had time for one thing this is what I would do. The archaeological talk is amazing and I would recommend that as a must do. The living history talks are also fantastic.
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