Historic Jamestowne | Information & Tickets to Historic Jamestowne, VA
NEW -- The Smithsonian Institute, Colonial Williamsburg, and Preservation Virginia came together to confirm the first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. The collaboration was prompted by the archaeological discovery of a partial human skull and tibia during excavation of an early 17th-century trash deposit at Jamestown, Va. Opening May 3, 2013, the exhibit, Jane's Story, has been added to a special room of the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium that discusses death in the early years of England's first permanent colony in North America. Her story illustrates a pivotal moment in history of Jamestown and early America -- the "starving time" of the winter of 1609 - 1610 when Jamestown was brought to the edge of collapse by a combination of drought, disease, starvation, and Indian attacks. More information
Start your experience at the new Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, where exhibits and a multi-media theater presentation provide background on Jamestown's beginnings and rich history. Walk through the townsite to see the original church tower dating to the 1690s and the foundation of some the earliest buildings in Virginia. At the Glasshouse, costumed glassblowers demonstrate of one of the earliest industries attempted in English-speaking America. Driving tours explore the lush natural setting where exhibits explain how the settlers harnessed the Virginia wilderness for their needs. Visitors regularly see bald eagles, heron, osprey, deer and other wildlife.
Be sure to visit the APVA Jamestown Rediscovery excavation, where archaeologists are uncovering the remains of the original 1607 James Fort. Visitors are allowed close access to the dig and can share in the moment of discovery as archaeologists gently coax the Jamestown of 1607 from the banks of the James River. Learn more about the dig at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, an innovative new exhibition facility that showcases more than 1,000 artifacts and the findings of this world-renowned archaeological project.
Hours: Entrance station open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
Admission: $10.00 per adult, children 15 and under admitted free. Includes admission to Yorktown Battlefield for seven days from date of purchase.