Historic Jamestowne has new winter hours for the opening of the entrance gate. From December 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014 the entrance gate will open at 8:45 am. Please note that fishing in no longer allowed any where on the Island.
For our younger visitors we have several special family oriented programs: the Junior Ranger Program and Pinch Pot.
The Jamestown Junior Ranger program is designed for visitors between the ages of 6-12. To become a Junior Ranger our young visitors must complete several activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. The booklets can be purchased from the museum gift shop and Glasshouse for $1.75. It generally takes about two hours or more to complete the program and gives our young visitors, and their parents, a good background into the history of Jamestown. At the successful completion of the booklet each prospective Junior Ranger will have the certificate at the end of the booklet signed and be awarded a patch designating them a Junior Ranger of Jamestown.
The Pinch Pot program is a hands-on 20 minute children's program that will introduce participants on how the American Indians and English settlers made and used pottery. Each child receives a small ball of clay to make a souvenir pot using the pinch method employed by American Indians. All families with children are encouraged to attend. The program is presented Monday through Friday from the middle of June through the middle of August. This program is staff and weather dependent. The program will be canceled during inclement weather or staff shortages. Ask at the Visitor Center to determine if the program will be conducted on the day of your visit. NOTE: This is now part of our Chidren in Nature Program and is conducted daily at 12:00 pm, see below for more information about the Children in Nature Program.
Children in Nature Programs:
Groups of 5 to 15 children (ages 6-12) require reservations [2 weeks in advance].
Did You Know?
The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America. Its Latin scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, means sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with a white (leukos) head (cephalus).