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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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  • This is my fourth time to Jamestown and I enjoyed it as much this time as I did the first. If you like to learn about America's founding history, this is a must see. Archaelological digs continue to p...  more »
  • Enjoyed the knowledge and expertise of the staff, great exhibits and very educational. Loved the ships and the glassblower.  more »
  • We visited on a beautiful day in April to start spring break. 2 adults, 2 kids (13 and 9). Kids were into learning about the settlement and the archeological sites. We visited the onside archeology mu...  more »
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  • This is living history. Most of the buildings are completely ruined, so it's worthwhile to complement this site with the full sized model of the Jamestown Fort that is just 5min away, especially if you have kids who may not be impressed by some old ruins. However, the island is really beautiful and a great place to just stroll along for the day and learn some history. The visitor center building closes at 5pm, but you can actually stay as late as 8:30pm. I enjoyed the evening doing some reading with my dog by my side on a shady bench, under a tree, overlooking the water. Also, the café has a dog-friendly patio area. They brought my dog a nice big bowl full of ice water!
  • Great place to walk around and read about an important piece of North American history. The walkway to the site was awesome, you could really get a grasp of their struggles and also watch some wildlife. The museum was excellent and the site did a great job of rebuilding the town and showing you some scale.
  • This is where America really began! It is still an active archaeological site that you can volunteer for. It's very informative and nice to visit, there is more to the jamestowne settlement 50 feet outside of it that was later detroyed during bacon rebellion. My family loved it with so much to see and explore!!
  • The Jamestown settlement is a incredible display of what the very first European settlers had to endure to survive in the new world, how they lived, and where many of them perished. One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk into the original settlement is a number of wood crosses marking the graves of some of the original settlers. You’ll also see that they are excavating and still finding artifacts to this day. Look around and take notice to the size of the initial settlement, it seems extremely small for how many buildings and people lived there. The view from the encampment is stunning. The settlement sits on the water and must have been a great defensive position at the time. The park has two distinct sections the old/original and the newer more developed section. The newer section showcases the progress made as the years went by, with large brick homes and some foundations available to walkthrough. Traveling to the settlement from the South using a GPS, we were surprised to come upon a ferry to take us to the park. It is a free ferry and took about 30-45 minutes total, with loading, the trip across the water, and unloading. The park was clean and the rangers were informative and polite. Well worth a visit to see this important part of American history.
  • This is the actual site of the Jamestown Settlement of 1607. There are ongoing archaeological excavations, with new discoveries every year. You can see the sites of the original settlement buildings. The ruin of the original Brick Church Tower is still standing, with a reconstruction of the Old Brick Church. Site was continuously inhabited for 300 years, and the ruins of the brick home of the last time habitants is still visible. There is a civil war fort. There is a place to get a light meal. There are two interpretive museums on the site. There are walking trails and a road through the forest for a driving tour.