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Jamestown Day

Marking the 408th anniversary of the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English colony
A jointly sponsored event at
Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement

On Saturday, May 9, Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement marked the 408th anniversary of the 1607 founding in Virginia of America’s first permanent English settlement.

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Jamestown Settlement’s Discovery, the smallest of the three re-created 1607 ships, will set sail in the James River on May 9. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.

“Jamestown Day” featured Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family-friendly tours and programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment took place at both sites.

“Jamestown Day” is sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement jointly administered by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery on behalf of Preservation Virginia, in partnership with Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Separate Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement

There is separate admission to visit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Free parking is available at both sites.

four-site value ticket for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center is available for purchase at Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and the Yorktown Victory Center.

Admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

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Historic Jamestowne will offer tours and ongoing archaeological excavations of the 1607 James Fort, allowing guests to share in the moment of discovery while interacting with archaeologists on site. Preservation Virginia photo.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Jamestowne adult admission is $14.00 and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5.00 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Children under age 16 are admitted free.

For more information about Historic Jamestowne, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410 or visit or For more information about Jamestown Settlement, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or visit