Press Release


Preservation Virginia’s Historic Jamestowne to Reopen

October 11, 2013

Preservation Virginia announced today it will reopen its portion of Historic Jamestowne on Saturday 12 October to visitors.  This afternoon the National Park Service Washington Office released the following statement:

 “Visitors will able to access Preservation Virginia on Jamestown Island via VA Highway 31 beginning this Saturday, October 12.”

 Guests will be able to tour the archaeological site, visit the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium and the newly stabilized 17th century Church Tower.  Archaeological tours will be offered throughout the day. 

Preservation Virginia’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Kostelny stated, “We look forward to welcoming guests on Saturday and in the weeks ahead.  There is always something new to discover at Jamestown so we hope area residence and visitors to the region alike will come out to explore the rich history and archaeology.”  She continued, “Preservation Virginia values the partnership we have shared with the National Park Service.  For more than 75 years, they have been a strong ally in bringing the history at Historic Jamestowne to the public.  We look forward to the time when all of Historic Jamestowne will be available for touring.”

 Because of the government shutdown, the National Park Service portion of the Island will be inaccessible.  Guests will be instructed as to where to park as they enter the gates.  Due to parking constraints, buses will not be allowed to park onsite.  Check with the front gate attendants for alternative parking options. The Dale House Café, operated by Carrot Tree Kitchens, will be also reopened for guests. 

Fees are reduced to $5 per person. Children 15 and under will be admitted free of charge.  Because visitors will be on Preservation Virginia property only, no NPS passes will be honored. PV member cards, local passes and Historic Triangle tickets will be honored. For more information about visiting, check our websites and or join us on Facebook or call 757.229.4997 ext. 100.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia’s cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. In1893. Preservation Virginia acquired 22.5 acres of Jamestown Island, now part of Historic Jamestowne. In 1994, Preservation Virginia began an archaeological project called Jamestown Rediscovery to find the remains of the original James Fort, ca. 1607-1624. For more information, visit

Press Contact

Elizabeth Kostelny
Preservation Virginia
804.648.1889, x306