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.
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.
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.
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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 conducted daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. generally 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.
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.
April 1-3, 8-13, 15-19, 22-26, 29-30
Did You Know?
English settlers were encouraged to plant mulberry trees to help their silk production attempts. (Silkworms eat mulberry leaves.) Red mulberry is native to North America but the silkworms preferred the white mulberries of the Orient. Today Jamestown has both red and white mulberry trees.