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- Historic Jamestowne
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- United States
- British Empire
- 1600AD - 1699AD
- Colonial National Park, Yorktown Battlefield,
about Historic Jamestowne
It was in Historic Jamestowne in 1607 that the English established their first successful colony in America. Previous attempts, notably that of Roanoke in 1587, had been made, but the colony the English formed in Historic Jamestowne was the root of what was to eventually become America.
Due to its strategic location, Jamestown was also vitally important during the American Revolution and the American Civil War.
Today, Historic Jamestowne forms part of Colonial National Park, a historic site which encompasses York Town Battlefield, Colonial Parkway and the Cape Henry Memorial. Through guided ranger tours, hikes, exhibits and self-guided tours, visitors can explore the place’s history and that of the country as a whole.
Amongst its many attractions, it is worth seeing the Jamestown Glasshouse, a recreation of the first industrial building of the Virginia Company, the London-based company that founded the colony.
Just as empires rise and fall so do entry fees and opening hours! While we work as hard as we can to ensure the information provided here about Historic Jamestowne is as accurate as possible, the changing nature of certain elements mean we can't absolutely guarantee that these details won't become a thing of the past. If you know of any information on this page that needs updating you can add a comment above or now.
Address: 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081
Phone: (757) 229-1733
Historic Jamestowne is located in Virginia on the banks of the James River, approx. 6 miles southwest of Williamsburg along Route 31, turning left when you see the sign for the Jamestown Settlement. Continue along this road until you reach a stop sign, then turn right to enter Colonial Parkway and follow the road until you reach the entrance gate. From I-64, take exit 242A onto Route 199 West and go through two traffic lights. Turn left at the third traffic light onto Jamestown Road and follow the road. Turn left when you see sign for the Jamestown Settlement. Then follow the directions as above. Further directions available on the NPS official site. There are also various shuttles available to and from Colonial Williamsburg to the site and there is a Jamestown Shuttle bus to all historic sites in the area. Williamsburg has an Amtrak station and a Greyhound station.
The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Centre is open daily, 9am-5pm. The park grounds close at sunset. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, 25 December and 1 January. A 7 day pass to Colonial Park (includes Jamestowne) costs $10 per adult and is free for children under 16. Annual passes also available.
There is a cafe.
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