During the summer season visitors should dress in light, comfortable clothing, wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen. We recommended you carry a bottle of water with you. High temperatures and high humidity create higher risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Most of the Historic site is out-of-doors and although not a great distance from an air-conditioned building, staying properly hydrated will help prevent these illnesses. During the fall visitors should have a light jacket available as temperatures can drop suddenly. Winter temperatures can be unpredictable, ranging from mild to extremely cold. Use this link for a five day forecast of local conditions.
The settlers wrote that at Jamestown “the air is alive with a buzz.” The same can be said today. Visitors should be prepared for this onslaught by wearing appropriate clothing and/or insect repellant. Here are a few insects to be mindful of:
• Biting Deer Flies: mistakenly called “Mayflies.” These are most active in late Spring and can last throughout the summer.
• Chiggers: are small red mites. Chiggers live in grassy areas so be sure you stay on the approved paths/trails to reduce the chance of being infected.
• Mosquitoes: certain mosquitoes can be vectors of disease. Wearing repellant with DEET will reduce the chances of being bitten.
• Gnats: these tiny flying insects travel in swarms and can be very annoying.
• Ticks: there are several varieties of tick at Historic Jamestowne. Wearing insect repellant, tucking pants into socks, and inspecting for ticks after a visit is recommended.