Visitors to the charming town of Williamsburg, Virginia will want to make time to visit Jamestown, one of the most historic sites in America. Jamestown is part of America’s Historic Triangle, comprised of Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg. Jamestown features two areas to visit – Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne.
Jamestown is famous for being the first English Settlement in North America, established in 1607, 13 years before the pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts. Jamestown was the capital of Virginia until 1699, when the capital was moved to Williamsburg. For both of these reasons, this area is a strongly valued for its history.
The actual site of Jamestown and Jamestown Island, known as Historic Jamestowne, is preserved by the National Park Service as part of the greater Colonial National Historic Park. The main features of this area are the ruins and archeological works of historic Jamestown. The Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, Jamestown Memorial Church and Glasshouse are all include in your visit. Plus, the park has a scenic drive through the swamps and pastures of Jamestown Island. Guests can also enjoy lunch on the banks of the James River at Dale House Café.
Jamestown Settlement offers visitors life-size recreations of Jamestown’s colonial fort, a trio of 17th century ships replicated to authenticate the ships Jamestown settlers arrived on, a recreation of a Powhatan Indian village and a 30,000 square foot museum with galleries, exhibits, and documentary films exploring the foundation and development of Jamestown.
Historic Jamestowne is open daily from 8:30am-5:30pm. Jamestown Settlement is open from 9:00am-5:00pm daily. During summer, Jamestown Settlement remains open until 6pm.
Both of these Williamsburg attractions are must-sees while on vacation in America’s Historic Triangle.