Historic Jamestowne
Historic Jamestowne
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Historic Jamestowne is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Ongoing archaeology at the site of James Fort has changed our understanding of the struggles and triumphs of early 1600s life in Virginia. Living history programs and an archaeology museum tell the story of this dramatic rediscovery. The site is jointly administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia.
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david w
Dinwiddie, VA85 contributions
Couples
This a very unique and great experience. Amazing seeing the 400 year old ruins and the current digs they have going on. Got great information from one person working there on some current things they are doing(looking forward to seeing this in the future). The archeology museum is fantastic, filled with things dug there and lots of information. All that being said, 30 dollars per person makes it hard to want to revisit anytime soon. The admission only includes this area and the archeology museum, not the rebuilt jamestown and ships.
Written September 25, 2022
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metrochica
Washington DC, DC1,059 contributions
My friends and I visited Historic Jamestowne over Memorial Day weekend and we were lucky enough to join Willi's absolutely, amazing 11 a.m. tour. Willi was an exceptional tour guide, full of energy and lots of knowledge. Usually, I'm not one to join a tour but his enthusiasm and ability to bring history to life kept me and my friends riveted for the 90-minute tour. We all learned so much about Jamestown that we never learned in high school. It is also incredible to hear about how they finally uncovered much of the fort after years of simply agreeing that it was all underwater and excavating the other part of the island (new town) . The archeology aspect is fascinating. They have a small museum that includes many of the artifacts they've uncovered and the skeletons and facial reconstructions of some of the people they uncovered buried within the fort. After the tour and visiting the museum, we grabbed lunch in the cafe that's along the river. It was affordable and very tasty. They had a mix of wraps and sandwiches. I got a chickpea veggie wrap which was great. Wonderful ambiance sitting outside along the river. I highly recommend historic Jamestowne to all visitors. Pro tip for summer travel: Go early in the day to beat the heat, bring water, and wear sun screen and a hat.
Written June 6, 2022
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Thanks for visiting Jamestown over the long weekend! Willie is a wonderful historian and educator - you really can't go wrong going on a tour with him. Thanks for supporting Historic Jamestowne!
Written June 10, 2022
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Steve R
Jackson, WY40 contributions
We enjoyed all the archaeology currently happening at the original site of Jamestown. The tours by the archaeologists at the site were informative and the new Archearium Museum is outstanding! Remember that this is different from the Jamestown Settlement museum, which is excellent in it's own right. The visitor center is only open for tickets and and a small shop - their exhibits and film are shuttered thanks to COVID. Worth the walk - take the tour!
Written October 22, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Jamestown. The archaeology team continues to uncover incredible artifacts which chronicle our nation's history. There have been more than 3 million found! Our museum is a gem with some of the most extraordinary finds to date, and the team just keeps finding more. We hope you will visit again soon!
Written October 25, 2021
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DJ M
3 contributions
We stopped in to Historic Jamestowne on the way home from OBX. We had trouble finding pricing online and thought it shouldn't be too expensive since it is a national park. The site was interesting and we LOVED talking to the blacksmith. However, we couldn't believe how expensive the tickets were for adults! It is far overpriced. I just spent some time researching online and see that it is only $15/adult but then there is an additional $15 tacked on per adult. Very disappointing. We had hoped to come back to the historic triangle next summer but are rethinking due to the expense. We would have much rather have visited Jamestown Settlement for that price.
Written September 18, 2022
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Mary Renee
Alexandria, United States2 contributions
Family
My daughter missed her class trip to Jamestown due to Covid so I decided to take her myself when it was safer. I was concerned about getting a sugar-coated “everything America does is beyond reproach” version of history. I emailed a contact about the way Pocahontas’s marriage to John Rolfe is portrayed (I think the fact that she was in captivity is under emphasized) and I got such a thoughtful response from Mark Summer I knew that they weren’t planning to skip over the hard parts.

We went and attended the tour regarding the First Africans in Jamestown and I realized right away it was Mark Summers giving the tour.

Now I’ve been a teacher for eleven years - I like to think this makes me some what qualified to recognize a certain type of talent when it comes to sharing information. Mark Summers is the kind of person I would have loved to have as a teacher when I was younger. His tours are honest, relevant, provocative, and leave you with so much to think about. He was passionate, he was credible, he was open minded. He put you in the shoes of the people you were learning about.

When I was a kid, I remember imagining “the old days” in sepia tone, black and white shades; wondering when did it become color? I remember being blown away by the idea that my grandparents were once children too, just like me. Instead of making the past this far away place with people so different from us, Mark Summers sees it as US 400 years ago - fully realized people, in full color, with the same motivations and desires. He brings it all full circle, so you see your place in this play that continues to play out, a play where the beginning still very much colors our perspective of today, and gives us a chance to reimagine elements of our history that we took for granted.

I also would be remiss if I didn’t add that he is an excellent storytelller. Before everything was written down and man was reliant on the oral tradition, Mark Summers would have been a invaluable treasure. Some people have a gift for painting a picture with words, and he is one of them. I had a history professor my sophomore year of college that was the same. If it’s fair to recognize talent when we see it, I’d like to take a moment to recognize this talent.

If it isn’t already clear, I very much want to recommend the First Africans In Jamestown tour with Mark Summers in Historic Jamestown. My daughter and I talked about it the entirety of our three hour drive home.
Written July 24, 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind words. Mark Summers is a brilliant colleague. His knowledge and commitment are nothing short of extraordinary. We are so fortunate to have him with us. We are grateful for your sharing your experiences with others!
Written August 23, 2021
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50StateVisitor
Randolph, NJ976 contributions
Good for a walking, self-guided tour of the reconstructed Church, archeological excavations and serene riverside scenery. After learning about the hardships that they faced, it makes you wonder why the colonists chose to settle here. We enjoyed the museum of artifacts from the period, it was the highlight of our visit. Dual admission ticket allows you access to the Yorktown Battlefield National Park and Museum.
Written June 26, 2022
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! The Archaearium is such a cool place. Thanks for supporting Historic Jamestowne!
Written June 27, 2022
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Elizabeth M
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I would give everything about this place, from the museum, to the property, and especially the historians a 10/5 if I could! I was born and raised in VA history and I learned more in the 3 hours I was here than in the 12 years of history classes I took growing up. Even if you aren't in the museum or are actively engaged on a tour, the land and surrounding area are absolutely beautiful to walk around and enjoy on their own.

The historian (because he was much more than a tour guide) wove such a beautiful story of the past while also touching on how messy and not so black and white the it was. He felt like the history teacher everyone should have had growing up and had everyone engaged and excited to learn more. The actors throughout the property were fantastic and taught us so much about things like building fires and blacksmithing.

For years, everyone has gone to the other Jamestown but I cannot recommend the *real* Jamestown enough!! Thank you to everyone who has spent all the time and money over the last few decades to help excavate and restore this massive piece of irreplaceable history!
Written August 29, 2022
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5Galtravel
Knoxville, TN12 contributions
Historic Jamestown is a must see for history buffs. We joined the guided archeologist tour and enjoyed the detail provided by Caitlin, who is very knowledgeable and answered every question. The paths are clearly marked and walkable. Plenty of shaded benches and a great view of the James River. The on-site restaurant has lots of outdoor shaded seating and the bbq smelled great. We are NPS pass holders and the entry was $10 each, a bargain.
Written May 17, 2022
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Thank you for visiting Historic Jamestown! Caitlin is a fantastic archaeologist and educator - going on a tour with any of the archaeologists is a must-do experience. Hope you'll visit again soon!
Written June 10, 2022
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Penguin50
Montross, VA50 contributions
Don’t miss historians’ presentations! Today we spent nearly 2 hours with a truly exciting and incredibly informative professional - Willie Balderson! He enthralled a group of interested adults and young people as he spun history into an incredibly interesting presentation about the struggles faced by those whose suffering created the first successful English settlement inNorth America! His knowledge was a gift. His humor and ability to keep each of involved, and anxious to know more, was another gift. Everyone should visit the Federal facility that is the original location for this colony. If you are blessed, Willie will be there to enthrall and entertain - and to educate! Thank you Sir! Worth every single penny!
Written November 7, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Jamestown! Our Willie Balderson is a brilliant colleague -- we are so fortunate to have him with us. We are grateful for your sharing your experiences with others!
Written November 9, 2021
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Deborah H
Maui, HI35 contributions
We had just visited the Jamestown Settlement and headed to the Glass Blowing House. We decided to explore Historic Jamestown. Anas Todkill's Jameston tour at Historic Jamestown was incredible! The narrative offered by Anas was delivered with such conviction, it was easy to be immersed in the experience and understand all that these people endured. We were spellbound - an amazing tour!

We later learned that our guide on this journey was the director of the Preservation Foundation for Jamestown. His passion and knowledge were evident, and created an experience unlike any other we’ve ever been a part of.

This was roughly a two-hour narrative tour of the Jamestown site. Not recommended for small children who may get more out of the re-enactments held at Jamestown Settlement.
Written August 25, 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM