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Historic Jamestowne Visitor Guide

Historic Jamestowne, National Park Service
Visitors to Historic Jamestowne National Park in Hampton Roads are able to observe first hand the location of one of the earliest colonies in the New World.

In the 17th century, the first English settlement was established in North America. Settlers arrived on a joint venture called the Virginia Company.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne can learn about the legendary Pocahontas as well as Captain John Smith. Visitors will also learn about the beginnings of slavery in the new colony as Dutch ships brought over Africans. They also will learn about their relations with the Native Americans.

Within a decade, the Native Americans were pushed out of their homeland and forced to withdraw deeper into Virginia.

Things to Do

The Visitor Center has an information desk, museum and orientation film to educate visitors on the park.

A three- and five-mile loop encircles the island and is available for biking, hiking and running.

Bird watchers will find several hundred species of bird on the island, including the bald eagle.

Guided tours are available that highlight important details in the colony’s long and rich history.

The park offers a Junior Ranger Program for children ages 6-12. Upon completing a booklet, which usually takes about two hours, children receive a certificate and patch.

The Pinch Pot program is a 20-minute children’s program that demonstrates how Native Americans and English settlers made pottery. Each child receives a small bit of clay as a souvenir.

Historic Jamestowne hosts a series of events throughout the year. Check the calendar on the National Park website for more information.

“We recommend you plan at least two hours for your visit, but many visitors end up staying longer when they see how much history is actually here,” the park says. “Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the Historic site is about three-quarters of a mile long.”

Jamestowne Location

Historic Jamestowne is on the James River in Hampton Roads. It is seven miles southwest of Williamsburg and 21 miles west of Yorktown. Because they are so close together, visitors often combine all three locations in a single day or weekend trip.

Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, and Yorktown make up what is known as America’s Historic Triangle.

Jamestowne is about a two and a half hour drive from Washington, D.C. From Richmond, the historic town is only an hour away. It is a one-hour drive from Virginia Beach and almost a four-hour drive from Roanoke.

Hours and Admission

The entrance gate is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inside the gates, the Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Glasshouse is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Here, demonstrators educate visitors on English America’s first industry: glass blowing.

A seven-day entrance fee for adults is $20. It is good for both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. An annual park pass is $40.

Children ages 15 and under are admitted at no cost. National Park pass holders are charged $5.

Hours and Location

Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Jamestowne
Address: 1368 Colonial Parkway, 23081
Telephone: 757-856-1200
Web site:
Cost: $14/ adult, children 15 and under free
Latitude: 37.208203
Longitude: -76.774126

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