"Original Jamestown Site" Williamsburg Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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No visit to Jamestown is complete without a visit to the original site. Long thought to be under the James River, it was recently re-discovered along the bank of the river. Now, not much remains. But it's still significant.

The foundations of the original buildings have been unearthed, and new monuments erected.
The most prominent was built in 1907, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the colony. There is a statue of John Smith, and also a now-ruined church called the Memorial Church. Be sure to visit the Archaearium, a museum of archeological finds.

Along the way, you walk on a boardwalk over a swamp. No wonder the mosquitos were so awful.

Address: 410 West Francis Street Williamsburg, VA 23185
Directions: Take the shuttle bus from the Jamestown Visitors Center. It's a short ride, but the lines can be VERY long. From the site's visitors center, follow the path on the boardwalk to the site.
othercontact: Jamestown2007@jyf.virginia.gov
Phone: (757)253-4659

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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