Historic JamestowneCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 1368 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Jamestown, VA 23081, United States, Williamsburg
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7572294997
- Ticket Price: 14 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Rented car
- Jamestown Pie Co.
- Five Forks Cafe
- Old Chickahominy House
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95% of people who visit Williamsburg include Historic Jamestowne in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
59.49% of people start their Historic Jamestowne visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Historic Jamestowne
93.41% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Historic Jamestowne
Absolutely beautiful country and such historical significance to America. How awesome is it to be able to Rd trip and capture moments with a part of history! So much fun! Safe travels! Be sure to pull over safely if you get out your vehicle on the roadway! Traffic moves quickly.
I love visiting the actual site of Jamestown. The place is steeped in tragedy and triumph. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to get an idea of the scale of the original fort. Winter is a great time to beat the crowds.
Hadn't been to this area for 25 years. Archaeological digs have expanded historical understanding of first permanent British settlement in America. We went on docent talk, which I highly recommend for a good history refresher. Site includes several brick outlines of original building locations.
It's enjoyable. Lots of walking, however, which may deter older folks. Also, the tour guide was quick to let me know that any goober that strolls into the country has a connection to Jamestown and is more of an American than you. So, prepare for that narrative. However, minus the tour guide, it's a great place for history.
A true step back into colonial American history! The sacred landscape embraces your passions for the pure pursuits of liberty and freedom. Whether your standing in the ruins or staring at the old church, your heart is sure to burn with thanksgiving for the bravery of our forefathers.