Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne is closed Monday, January 3rd, 2022 due to weather.  

Historic Jamestowne has reopened to the public! Masks are required inside buildings and at outdoor areas where groups might come together, including on the footbridge from the Visitor Center and around active archaeological dig sites. Learn more and plan your visit to Historic Jamestowne at www.historicjamestowne.org.

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. 


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 has officially reopened to the public beginning March 1st, 2021.


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.