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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  • We've visited a large number of historic sites in Virginia in the past couple of weeks but none was more significant or interesting than Jamestown. This is the real deal, an archaeological site still ...  more »
  • Arrived in Williamsburg from Central Coast California. First stop on our history seeking journey was Historic Jamestowne, so glad we started off with the real stuff. Stopped by Glass House, amazing!! ...  more »
  • It’s where the English settlers first landed. This is the actual site and is part of the National Park Service. If you purchase a ticket it’s good for a week and includes Yorktown. It’s a real time ar...  more »
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  • This is the office in the location where you buy tickets to see the historic Jamestown fort site.. this is a federal park but within it is private property where they are doing the actual archaeological dig at the location of the original fort founded by John Smith.. The tickets were $14 for each adult they were good for 24 hours. there was also volunteers and Park service Rangers available if you wanted those type of tours, as well as just being able to walk around.. it is a really beautiful place, with an amazing history and story behind it planned on spending most of the day there if possible it is well worth the time and the effort
  • A very informative tour of the first colony in the Americas by Great Britain settlers. You can watch an informative video prior to heading out and exploring the immediate area. There is also a small museum towards the back of the grounds that is absolutely worth stopping by with tons of information on the troubling times Jamestown settlers struggled through. The facility was clean and the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
  • This is the original settlement site. It has a nice museum, and a great way to view ongoing archaeology at the actual site. It would be nice if this site and the Jamestown Settlement Museums could find a way to work together, instead of compete. Both have something to offer. We visited both in one day and had a great time.
  • The archeological tour was informative as well as interesting. The guide was passionate about the history of Jamestown, especially the stories of little known people. He made a point that everyone who arrived at Jamestown contributed to the history of the United States regardless of social status.
  • We arrived a half hour before closing and the staff allowed us to lead our own self-guided tour until sunset. The walk and scenery were beautiful! Spectacular archeological museum.

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Williamsburg offers lodgings for every taste, including four-star resorts, quaint inns, and budget-friendly hotels. Accommodations in the city's historical district provide easy access to all of the area's major attractions, but they also charge much higher prices than equally comfortable guesthouses in some of the outlying neighborhoods. For a genuine Virginian experience, consider pitching a tent or renting a cottage in one of the area's popular campgrounds, which offer shuttle services to the city's major attractions and provide free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fenced-in areas for pets.
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