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Historic Jamestowne Visitor Guide

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

In the seventeenth 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 infamous Pocohauntas, 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, and 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.

Location

Historic Jamestowne is located on the James River, only nine miles south of Williamsburg. Historic Jamestowne is 24 miles south of Yorktown.

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 $14. An annual park pass is $30.

Children ages 15 and under are admitted at no cost.

National Park pass holders are charged $5.

Things to Do

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

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

Several hundred species of bird can be seen on the island, including the bald eagle.

Guided tours are offered around Jamestown, highlighting important details in the colony’s long and rich history.

For kids, Historic Jamestowne National Park offers a Junior Ranger Program for children ages 6-12. Upon completing a booklet, which usually takes about two hours, the child is presented a certificate and a 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.

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: www.nps.gov
Cost: $14/ adult, children 15 and under free
Latitude: 37.208203
Longitude: -76.774126

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