Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne is now open! We have COVID-19 protocols in place to protect guests and staff. We look forward to hosting you at Historic Jamestowne soon.

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. 

 

For the health and safety of our guests, we’re taking the following precautions as part of re-opening:

Our pledge to you–

  • We will continuously clean bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and other highly touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day with a deep clean at the close of business.

  • All of our staff will wear masks and will be trained on appropriate cleaning, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • All of our staff will maintain physical distancing (6 feet) while conducting tours and collecting admissions. Where possible, we have placed reminders to help you maintain that distance.

  • Each day, all Preservation Virginia staff members will be required to pass a wellness check. Anyone that is sick or exhibiting systems will not be allowed to work that day.

  • Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the building for guest and staff use.

  • We will limit the size of groups to maintain physical distancing on interior tours.  Tour limits are as follows:

    • For Smith’s Fort and John Marshall House–groups are limited to six (6) people

    • For Bacon’s Castle and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, groups are limited to eight (8) people

  • Wherever possible doors will remain open to alleviate the necessity of touching.

  • Our guidelines do not supersede any directives issued by government entities and will be continuously evaluated and amended as we receive further guidance from the CDC and other agencies.

Your pledge to us–

  • You will practice the Virginia mandated physical distancing guidelines that have been put into place to protect you, our staff and other guests.  This includes maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing masks are required for interior access, including the museum shop, shuttles and restroom facilities and are recommended outdoors.

  • If you have underlying health concerns and are not able to wear a mask, please contact our sites to learn of special visiting hours specifically for you and your family.

  • You will register for tours online and in advance and use “no touch payment” when possible.

  • You will refrain from bringing food, water or other items on to the site. If you do, please “leave no trace” and take your trash with you to help protect others from possible exposure to infection.

  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, feel sick or have a fever, please stay home, and we look forward to seeing you when you are well.

Address

1365 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Visitor Services
hjvcservices@preservationvirginia.org
757-856-1250

Hours

Historic Jamestowne is planning to reopen June 29th. All programs will take place outside and follow social distancing protocols. The Visitors Center, Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium and Dale House Cafe will remain closed for the time being.

The site is typically open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

PLAN YOUR VISIT

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

Historic Jamestowne is planning to reopen June 29th. All programs will take place outside and follow social distancing protocols. The Visitors Center, Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium and Dale House Cafe will remain closed for the time being.

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.