Historic Jamestowne is the "real thing," the site of the first permanent British settlement in North America where John Smith lived and Pocahontas visited. Visitors to the site can enjoy the state-of-the-art visitor's center and multi-media presentation, the Natalie M. and Alan P. Voorhees Archaearium, as well as guided tours by park rangers, archaeologists, and volunteers. They can explore the grounds including the site of James Fort and of the later 17th century town that grew up around it.
Historic Jamestowne is owned and managed through a private/public partnership. Preservation Virginia acquired 22.5 acres in 1893. The National Park Service acquired the remaining 1500 acres in 1934. During the early decades, the activity on the Island could be characterized as quiet but cooperative in welcoming visitors, providing research and interpretation.
In the early 1990's, the 60-year old partnership took a quantum leap. In anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestown, the NPS and Preservation Virginia launched extensive archaeological assessment and research--all to address the under-explored 17th century, our nation's origin. NPS conducted an assessment of its massive collections from the region and Preservation Virginia initiated its Jamestown Rediscovery® project to search for the original 1607 fort, long thought lost to the James River. Interest in the research has resulted in international attention from scholars, historians, and the general public.
In September 2010, Preservation Virginia initiated a collaboration with Colonial Williamsburg in order to enhance the archaeology program and expand the guest experience. As a result, today Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
The mission of Historic Jamestowne is to preserve, protect and promote the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and to tell the story of the role of the three cultures, European, North American and African, that came together to lay the foundation for a uniquely American form of democratic government, language, free enterprise and society.
Visit www.historicjamestowne.org to learn more about Historic Jamestowne.
Historic Jamestowne is open daily every day of the year (except Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1). The front gate opens at 8:30 AM and closes at 4:30 PM. Once admitted, visitors may remain at Historic Jamestowne until dusk.
All tickets are good for seven consecutive days and include admission to Yorktown Battlefield.
|Ages 15 and under||Free|
|Military (Active Duty) and Access Pass Holders||Free|
Holders of the following passes (including up to three adults and accompanying pass holder) pay a discounted entrance fee of $5 each:
- Golden Age
- Colonial National Historical Park Annual Pass
- Interagency Senior Pass
- Interagency Annual pass
- Interagency Volunteer Pass
Holders of Preservation Virginia membership cards pay a discounted entrance fee of $5 per adult covered by the membership card.
Call 757-856-1259 or 757-229-4997 x. 100 for additional admission and visitor information.
Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America and is jointly preserved and administered by Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service -- Colonial National Historical Park. Start your visit at the Visitor Center with exhibits and immersion theater experience. Tour the Archaearium, which tells the story of James Fort through archaeology. Share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; tour the reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church and original 17th-century church tower; take a walking tour with a park ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River; "meet" a 17th-century personality; and watch costumed glassblowers at the Glasshouse. A driving tour explores the lush natural setting where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed that wilderness for their needs. Visitors regularly see bald eagles, heron, osprey, deer and other wildlife. Museum stores are available at the Visitor Center and the Archaearium.
Visitor Center Museum Store: 757-856-1272
1365 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, VA 23081