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Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1607
757-253-4838; 888-593-4682
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Ranked #2 of 31 activities in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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English first
Gainesville, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We just visited Jamestown earlier this week and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did our ten-year old grandson. The films and artifacts, in addition to the village, the ships, and the fort all combined to create a meaningful picture of Jamestown's history and people. We also appreciate how the slave story was told & woven into the history.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Jamestown Settlement is a very interactive experience. In addition to the museum, there are re-creations of a native village, the English settlers' fort, and the 3 ships of the Virginia Company. You can wander around freely in all the areas, including the ships, each of which has costumed interpreters to answer your questions. There is always something going on, such... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit but went through it too quickly. To get your money's worth I would suggest going with the guides versus self guided. It's included in the price.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must see for any family. It allows history buffs and those remotely curious to experience first hand the conditions and environment that the first Virginians experienced. The visitors center is very well done and can keep even small children entertained. The recreated habitats of both settlers and Indians is fascinating to see and don't forget the ships.... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A well done, large museum with realistic recreations of moments in Jamestown history with much information and authentic articles. Outside in the recreated settlement, there are many opportunities for the children to participate in colonial activities such as scraping fur off deer hides, mashing corn for corn meal, trying on colonial clothes and more. Costumed guides explain the village and... More

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

They have done a super job recreating an Indian village and the fort especially the 3 ships. Lots of hands on for the kids of all ages.

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must see stop here in Williamsburg! It is a walk through the one of the Nation's most important and historic National Parks. It was a wonderful spring day and we loved stopping for a bite to eat at the Park cafe. This park is entertaining for kids and adults.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Jamestown Settlement is interactive with staff explaining the Indian Village, settlers fort, firing a cannon,firing muskets,and giving explanations of the ships in the harbor. A great way to spend a day when visiting the Historic Triangle. You can also get the combined ticket to visit the Yorktown Settlement which is more oriented toward the Revolutionary War. period. There are also... More

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Staten Island, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My family and I only visited this tourist attraction because I was confused. I was under the impression that there was only one "Jamestown" and I had been inflaming my toddler's interest by promising him that we would get to go on the recreated ships I had heard about. So imagine my befuddlement when we drove past the sign for... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

For any history lover, Jamestown Settlement is a must. The archeological digs give authentic & accurate information. The museum contains remains of the original colonists, & the artifacts are fascinating. This is real, not entertainment oriented history & proves the adage, "truth is more powerful than fiction."

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