Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg

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Situated on the banks of the James River, Historic Jamestowne represents the site of the first English colony in North America. You can wander among reconstructed buildings of the original James Fort, which resemble their 17th-century appearance. Dig deeper by exploring the archaeological museum that displays items from the original English colonists, local Native American tribes, and the Africans who called the region home. Facing the river, catch a glimpse of the statue of John Smith, a leader in the development of the Virginia Colony in its early years. Put Historic Jamestowne and other Williamsburg attractions into our Williamsburg day trip planning app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This Historic Jamestowne is a very pleasant place to visit if you like to walk. It isn't huge but is large enough to have space between the marked sites. There was on site exevation while we were ther...  more »
  • This was hands down one of my favorite parts of our trip. We spent the entire day in historic Jamestowne. If I am not mistaken, the price included multiple days. Once again, just as in Williamsburg, o...  more »
  • Jamestowne Museum and Tour is excellent and if you have not visited in recent years, it is worth revisiting. Three hours is hardly enough time!  more »
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  • Very Cool! My wife and I took our 2 month old daughter and our dog on a trip to Jamestown. We decided since we lived so close, it would be a good test to see how the baby did on longer car ride (she did fine). We brought the dog along since a lot of it would be outdoors. When we arrived, I had to go in and get tickets. It costs $14 for an adult ticket, this should get you into all the local sites (Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown). I can't say that for certain as the Military cost was free so I stopped asking questions. The bridge to Jamestown island was interesting with the stroller as it caused the babies body to bounce up and down. Lots of history, recommend not necessarily bringing a dog so you can go through the museum. We did the entire island in about half a day but that was with a newborn. But that being said if you arrive early enough you should be able to get the museum done and see the island. I would recommend doing a guided tour. We heard a couple of them going on and they were very good!
  • What a joy and an education to visit historic Jamestown! We don't get there frequently... Maybe once a year or even longer between visits. It looks just a little different each time. The archaeological research is turning up so much fascinating information about this first permanent English settlement in the New World and the roots of our country... Far more interesting than Busch Gardens.
  • This was my favorite part of the whole Williamsburg area. So much old history and knowledgeable people here to tell you about it. The fact they are still finding artifacts to this day and telling more of the story is awesome. I would 100% recommend a visit here.
  • There's not much left of the original settlement and whatever stands is either a replica or a small chunk of the original. But this is where it all started and you leave knowing that you've "been there". The Visitor Center and Archaeological Museum fill the gap by providing a comprehensive account of the history and culture of the place. These are where visitors would probably spend most of their time. Those who want a feel for life in Jamestown in its early years can visit a similar site north called "Jamestown Settlement", which recreates the original settlement and fort. It is run by a different organization and requires a separate ticket. We did not have time to visit but based on what we were told, it's like visiting a set for a period film and being transported back in time as you roam around. In hindsight, we might have been better off visiting that site as it makes for a richer, more compelling experience. This site, in contrast, feels a bit static and academic. Back to this site: We joined an outdoor tour. It started out great but ended up being long-winded and tedious we peeled off from the group halfway through. If you do not have much time, skip the tour and just read the information boards placed on significant areas of the site. You'd get the same information without being overwhelmed. I hope they inform the tour guide to be mindful of time as visitors don't have the entire day to listen to his sharing.
  • History buffs will enjoy this. Get there early and plan on a lot of walking. Very informative and interesting. Oh, make sure that your digital camera has a fully charged battery.
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