Historic Jamestowne

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.

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. 


1368 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Visitor Services



Typically, Historic Jamestowne is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 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.

Children 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Hours & Directions

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

Jamestown Rediscovery Video Series on YouTube

Want to hear updates on the most recent discoveries and research of the Jamestown Rediscovery Archaeology team? You can do so from the comfort of your own home by visiting their YouTube channel! See for yourself here.