Today, Jamestown consists of two separate properties, managed and maintained by separate entities. Historic Jamestown is located at the original site of the Colony and is co-administered by the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia. The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum operated by the State of Virginia and adjacent to the original site. Visiting both is a great way to experience life as it was in the 17th century.
At the historic site, you can watch archaeologists excavate the recently discovered site of the original 1607 fort, walk amidst the many ruins of original buildings that stood in town, including the original 17th-century church tower, meet a character from Jamestown’s past, and talk with costumed glass-blowers at the Glasshouse, the actual site of the settlers early attempts at industry.
At the Jamestown Settlement next door, you can explore replicas of those first three ships that brought the 1607 settlers, as well as recreations of the fort they built and a Powhatan village. Costumed interpreters bring history to life throughout the outdoor areas of the Settlement. In addition, there are gallery exhibits, a film and a riverfront area that provide further information on the many facets of this first Colony in the New World.