• Jamestown Settlement - Williamsburg, Virginia

      Jamestown Settlement
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      Near the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, established in 1607, Jamestown Settlement preserves and recreates life at the time. There are four components to the complex. As you enter, there are museum exhibits featuring artifacts and interpretations of the lives of the colonists, the natives, and the Africans who were forcibly brought along. Continuing outside, you come to a recreated Powhatan village; farther down the path, you come to a recreated colonial fort; then on down to the water, you'll see, and be able to board, replicas of the three ships that brought the settlers. In each of these outdoor locations, there are interpreters attired in appropriate garb to answer your questions and demonstrate period skills, from cooking to preparing an animal hide to firing a rifle. All of these exhibits and demonstrations are superbly conceived, executed, and laid out, and are just about guaranteed to teach you things you didn't know and fill you with wonder.

      If you go:
      Open every day except Christmas and New Year's Day. Try to arrive early in the day to catch special presentations. There are very informative tours available, and included with admission.


      2110 Jamestown Road
      Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 USA

      Mailing address:
      Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
      P.O. Box 1607
      Williamsburg, VA 23187-1607 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
      +1 (757) 253-4838

      Toll-Free Information
      +1 (888) 593-4682