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Historic Jamestowne Description
The real deal, Historic Jamestowne is the actual site of the English settlement, and while not as shiny and interactive as Jamestown Settlement, it is still a must-see. The history on this little piece of land is astounding and encompasses the Civil War as well as the Revolution, and the rangers do an excellent job of outlining that history succinctly in their guided tours; costumed interpreters also offer short tours, bringing their character's view of events to life.
Babies: The museum is stroller-friendly, as are the fort and village; leave strollers dockside for exploring the ships. Be mindful of some low entrances to the huts and buildings if carrying baby in a backpack carrier.
Toddlers & Pre-K: This is not the best attraction for the youngest children, as much of the experience is gained from reading placards and listening to tour guides. Preschool-age kids will particularly enjoy the pinch pot program, however, where they learn to fashion small pots out of a ball of clay just like the early settlers and the Native Americans did.
School-Age Kids: Costumed interpreters in the outside exhibits will mesmerize kids this age, especially the Native Americans and sailors, so allow extra time for all the "whys" and "hows"; they, too, will want to do the Native American crafts and other hands-on activities.
- One fee, several attractions. A $10 combination entrance fee gives access to both Historic Jamestowne and the Yorktown Battlefield National Park Service sites; the Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement require separate admission fees.
- Interactive hunt. The NPS Junior Ranger program is a fun mix of seek-and-find questions, puzzles, and activities with a Jamestowne badge for the prize; kids up to about age 8 will need some adult help.
- Colonial arts. The Glass House is a can't-miss experience. Glass blowers demonstrate seventeenth-century glassmaking techniques with ultra-hot gathers of glass; the remains of the original 1608 furnaces are nearby.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours