Visitor Etiquette

These rules will help make your visit safer and more enjoyable, as well as protecting this hallowed site. The park staff thanks you in advance for your cooperation.

Remember, you and your students are the ambassadors of your school.


For Historic Jamestowne please complete and bring the following form when you check in at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center:Historic Jamestown Museum and Etiquette Form. Please review this form and bring a signed copy of it with your fee waiver information.

Children walking on the brick foundations displayed as a stop sign
Stop sign of children walking on the brick foundations



IMPORTANT GROUP LEADER:When you arrive, please have your group remain outside the visitor center while YOU check in at the fee desk. If students need to use the restrooms, only 15 students may enter the building at a time accompanied by an adult. If more than 15 students need to use the restrooms, cycle groups of 15 in and out of the building until everyone is finished.

DO: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Island or Battlefield at the appropriate locations. Picnicking is permitted at the picnic tables located in the parking lots at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown. Picnicking is also allowed at the Beach Picnic area at Yorktown. Jamestown and Yorktown are "leave no trace" trash free area's, so PLEASE take your trash with you when finished eating.
DON'T: Picnic on the archeological site, battlefield proper, earthworks, historic ruins or visitor center patio. Don't leave your litter on the ground.
DO: Enjoy watching the various wildlife and observing the many natural resources and enchanting scenery. Remember the Park Service is tasked to protect and preserve the wildlife and scenery. Removal of any object from the park is a violation of federal law.
DON'T: Pick the flowers or plants, remove any object from the park; harass, taut, chase or throw rocks, twigs or oyster shells at any of the wildlife or fellow visitors.

Last updated: March 9, 2019

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