• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Guided Tours

Jamestown offers a varity of tours and programs for our visiting public. There are Park Ranger/Guide tours, Living History programs, and for those that like to explore on their own, Self-Guided tours. The Ranger led and Living History tours and programs do not take you over the entire site but make a couple of stops along the way to talk about the history of Jamestown and the trials and tribulations of the early settlers. Throughout most of the year there are volunteers on site to assist visitors with any burning questions.
 
Ranger Lee Cotton providing at a guided tour of the historic site of Jamestown

Ranger Lee Cotton giving a guided tour of Jamestown

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PARK RANGER/GUIDE TOURS:

Scheduled throughout the year as staffing allows, these tours last about 30 to 45 minutes and cover about 200 to 400 yards of the historic site. Many of our Park Rangers and Guides have been providing these interpretive programs for many years and each gives a unique perspective on the history of Jamestown. Walk with one of our Rangers as you retrace the steps of Captain John Smith or Pocahontas.

 
Danny giving an Archaeology Walking Tour of the 1607 James Fort site

Danny Schmidt giving an Archaeological Tour of the 1607 James Fort excavation site

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ARCHAEOLOGY WALKING TOUR:

Join a Preservation Virginia volunteer or staff archaeologist on a 45-minute walking tour of the excavation site inside of the rediscovered 1607 James Fort. Learn about the history of the on-going Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project and receive news on the most recent discoveries.

These tours are generally conducted daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. April through the end of October. Tours begin at the Tercentennial Monument behind the Visitor Center. Scheduled tours may be changed or canceled due to weather, special events or other unforeseen circumstances. Check the National Park Visitor Center information desk for current status of tours.

 
Costumed interpreter protraying Lady Yeardley

Living History Associate, Cindy Warner, protraying Lady Yeardley

LIVING HISTORY TOURS:

Join a costumed interpreter portraying one of Jamestown's 17th century residents and hear of the trials, tribulations, successes and failures during Jamestown's 92 years as the social and political center of Virginia. Join such personalities as Rachel Stanton, John Rolfe, Gabriel Archer, Mrs. Richard Buck, or Lady Yeardley to travel back in time to when the foundations of who and what we are as a people and a nation were laid. Program times are generally 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the dates noted below.


Schedule of Living History for 2014

April 7-8, 14, 16, 20, 21, 25, 28-29
May 2-3, 5, 7, 11-13, 16-17, 19, 25-26, 31
June 2, 5, 7, 9, 15, 28
July 3-5, 19
August 9, 18, 23, 25, 30
September 1, 8, 13-15, 22, 27, 29
October 4-6, 13, 18-20, 25, 27
November 11, 28-29
December 26-31
January (2015) 2-3

The Living History Program is presented by Living History Associates and is sponsored by Eastern National.

Did You Know?

Painting by Sidney King representing settlers searching for medicinal plants

The botanical sassafras was at one time worth its weight in gold as a medicinal plant. It was an early Jamestown export. In modern times it has been used to flavor root beer.