Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne will be temporarily closed to the public from December 21, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The closure includes the Visitor Center co-managed by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and the New Towne and Old Towne areas of the island. 

Operation updates related to the closure include:

  • The James Fort Site and all buildings, including the Dale House Cafe, will be closed.

  • All on-site programs have been cancelled for the duration of the closure.

  • Jamestown Rediscovery staff will continue to monitor email and voicemail messages during the closure.

  • We will continue to offer Virtual Classroom Programs during the closure. Visit https://historicjamestowne.org/education/for-educators/virtual-classroom-programs/ to learn more.

  • Product orders from our online retail store will continue to be fulfilled.

  • The Glasshouse, operated by Eastern National, will remain open for glass blowing demonstrations and retail sales 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. daily. The Glasshouse will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

  • Public restrooms will be available at the Glasshouse.

  • The Island Drive tour road will be closed to vehicles beyond the Glasshouse parking lot, but will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.

  • Updated operational information will be posted at https://historicjamestowne.org/visit/operations-updates/.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers remains our highest priority. Jamestown Rediscovery will continue to monitor guidance from the Governor’s office, Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the site will be closed, our archaeologists, curators, and educators will be working hard on projects to fulfill our mission.

The Jamestown Rediscovery website and YouTube channel offer a variety of resources for all ages to explore Jamestown from home. Kids and families can dig deeper into Jamestown history with our fun downloadable JR Kids at Home activities. Educators can download lesson plans to share the history and archaeology of James Fort. Want a front-row seat to the latest archaeological discoveries and analysis? Delve into our Dig Deeper video series on YouTube.

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. 

See you in 2021!


1365 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Visitor Services


Typically, Historic Jamestowne is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Historic Jamestowne is temporarily closed December 21st through January 31st.


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 temporarily closed through January 31st.

Typically Open 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.