Historic JamestowneCurrently Closed
- 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
Historic Jamestowne - Review
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 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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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
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Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg Reviews
Historic Jamestowne is an open-air museum and active archaeological site preserving the legacy of the 1607 English settlement that would later become the United States. The site is extensive (21 acres), and requires a full day to see everything. Most visitors are very satisfied with a two-hour visit, however. Aside from foundations, only part of one of the original buildings remains. Despite being a National Park, the entrance fee is $14 per person 16 and older, free for those under 16. The site features a very impressive museum, the Archaerium. The museum indicates that photography is not allowed, but one of the staff informed me that this applies only to the human remains on display. A highly recommended visit for anyone in the Virginia area and history lovers.
Could have easily spent 2 or 3 more hours here. We showed up around 1015 and left around 130, and only because I had to catch a flight. We went on a tour with one of the volunteers, who's name I sadly cannot remember because I'm writing the review a month later. But he had been there for years, and it was excellent. He was full of knowledge and stories and able to keep us entertained for almost 2 hours. From stories about the Queen's visit to the discovery of the of fort wall, not a beat was skipped in his comedic timing as well as the flow of knowledge. One of the best things about this tour, it's included in the price of admission. All you have to do is be there when it starts. The archeology Museum on site is also very interesting and full of everything they've dug up, including bones that show a history survival cannibalism. Plan to spend the day here. We spent 2 and a half hours and barely scratched the surface of the parks multiple biking, driving, and walking trails.
Historic Jamestowne is an awesome place to visit if you are interested in American history or Virginia history. They have great tour guides who know their history very well and go into great detail about what life was like in that time in English history. Historic Jamestown is an archaeological dig site where they are continuing to find artifacts of importance. I would definitely recommend checking out the museum of archaeology. They talk about the survival of the settlers in the winter, and the birthing of slave trade in America; a lot of very fascinating stuff. Highly recommend!
A favorite annual visit. During "the season" there are generally several new digs going on. The workers will answer questions, or there will be a volunteer with notebooks containing photos to explain what is under investigation. Artisans may be on site demonstrating crafts and answering questions. There are new exhibits in both museums based on recent work. In the "off season," updated information is presented about the projects. A nice sandwich shop is located on the grounds overlooking the James River.
History is a road with many forks, and no clear destination. This is an idea embodied in the way this historical site presents itself. Partly a (thankfully) set of air conditioned museums with the usual combination of pictures and artifacts. Partly a site where the archeology is still on-going. Largely a stretch of glorious river-side views and picnic perfect lawns. History geek? Curious about the evidence on which we base the historical recreations at other nearby sites? Just want to see the evidence in the ground left by 400 year old graves? Don't pass this place up.