Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne is the actual site of the first permanent British settlement in North America. The site is owned and managed through a private/public partnership between Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. It is located behind Jamestown Settlement, which is operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project, spearheaded by Bill Kelso, was launched in 1994 to find the site of the earliest fortified town on the Jamestown island. Since this groundbreaking discovery, Preservation Virginia’s talented team of archaeologists have been doing great work to excavate, interpret, preserve, conserve and research the site’s findings to piece together the lives of Jamestown’s first colonists. 


1365 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Visitor Services


Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day


Explore the James Fort site and see where the American story began.

Plan your visit

Visitors to the site can enjoy the state of the art visitor’s center, browse artifacts in the Natalie M. and Alan P. Voorhees Archaearium, participate in guided tours and witness ongoing archaeological work.

Learn more about all about Historic Jamestowne and their latest discoveries by visiting historicjamestowne.org.

Hours & Directions

Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Historic Jamestowne is a partner of the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration

AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today, including the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans to English North America and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers.