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. Before you head to Williamsburg, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Williamsburg holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Williamsburg has to offer, including Historic Jamestowne.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The dig continues at the 1607 Jamestowne Settlement. Excavations were going on inside the church. The National Park Service has a nice museum and so does the Jamestown Rediscovery. There are volunteer...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It is a symbolic place for the Americans, who come in numbers, but for a European, difficult to marvel at a piece of pottery from the 18th or a piece of wall collapsed... So, just go take a tour in the Visitor center to learn the basics, and no need to pay admission (($14!).) However, I recommend you to take the free ferry which crosses the James River, where you will have a beautiful view, as a bonus, the opportunity to see eagles and other local birds nested on the pontoons!
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  • August 14, 2017
    This spot is a little hard to find following google maps, but the extra effort was well worth it for all the history buffs out there. If you are going to be in the Williamsburg area, be sure to make t...  more »
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  • April 10, 2017
    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
  • April 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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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