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Historic Jamestowne, Williamsburg

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Situated on the banks of the James River, Historic Jamestowne represents the site of the first English colony in North America. You can wander among reconstructed buildings of the original James Fort, which resemble their 17th-century appearance. Dig deeper by exploring the archaeological museum that displays items from the original English colonists, local Native American tribes, and the Africans who called the region home. Facing the river, catch a glimpse of the statue of John Smith, a leader in the development of the Virginia Colony in its early years. Put Historic Jamestowne and other Williamsburg attractions into our Williamsburg day trip planning app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Good for a walking, self-guided tour of the reconstructed Church, archeological excavations and serene riverside scenery. After learning about the hardships that they faced, it makes you wonder why.....  more
    Good for a walking, self-guided tour of the reconstructed Church, archeological excavations and serene riverside scenery. After learning about the hardships that they faced, it makes you wonder why.....  more »
  • A look in the early history of Jamestowne. Very informative - the staff and even the archeologists went above and beyond with my kids' questions. A definite must see for history lovers. While some... 
    A look in the early history of Jamestowne. Very informative - the staff and even the archeologists went above and beyond with my kids' questions. A definite must see for history lovers. While some...  more »
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  • It was incredible to see the area first colonized in the USA. The day was perfect, weather-wise, and there was so much to see. The best part was the gentleman native American explaining how he was making an arrowhead in the traditional way. He showed and explained the tools he was using and how he was using them. He even explained the action to flake off pieces of stone to shape and sharpen it. You enter through the main building and purchase tickets. They give you a sticker to wear as proof you paid. It's dog friendly and there is a gift shop/ post office inside. After passing through the building you walk across a long walking bridge. The tall obelisk is the first thing you see, then just beyond it is the church and you walk into the original Jamestown settlement. Beyond it is the building with artifacts. There are plenty of benches to sit and rest while you watch the ferries go by. It was cool with the breeze coming off the water.
  • Huge site with spacious grounds, well groomed and magnificent scenery. One can immediately understand why it was chosen as a settlement. Several areas are under excavation and are fascinating to view. Little remains of original structures but mock ups give the visitors a vivid insight into these buildings. Visit the museum's to catch a glimpse of recovered artifacts. Lots of walking is required so be prepared!

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