Amazing place not to be missed! Do not confuse Historic Jamestowne with Jamestowne Settlement, which is the reenactment site just down the river. This is the actual location of the 1607 fort build by the first English settlers... the Birthplace of America. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, Jamestowne was already a sizable city. My daughter learned about Jamestowne in 1st grade, so she was very excited to visit. There was one excellent reenactor who told us what life was like at Jamestowne. We also took a tour with an archaeologist, which was the best decision. It was very interesting and the whole family learned a lot in an hour. The archaearium, the on-site museum run by Preservation Virginia, is very nicely done. We spent a total of 2 hours on site. The National Park Service runs part of the park, and that is where you pay the admission fee. They have a nice gift shop, but we chose to spend our money in the gift shop at the archaearium, as the profits go to continued archaeology at the site. If we had an extra hour, we would have spent more time in the restored church and visited the glassblower. If I lived closer, I would definitely want to be part of the summer field school where you get to help the archaeologists.
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