Preservation Virginia’s Portion of Historic Jamestowne Reopens This Saturday, October 12
October 12, 2013
We are pleased to report that this Saturday, 12 October, Preservation Virginia's portion of Historic Jamestowne will reopen.
This afternoon the National Park Service Washington Office released the following statement:
"Visitors will able to access Preservation Virginia on Jamestown Island via VA Highway 31 beginning this Saturday, October 12."
Beginning tomorrow, guests will be able to tour the archaeological site, visit the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium and the newly stabilized 17th century Church Tower. Archaeological tours will be offered throughout the day. Because of the government shutdown, the National Park Service portion of the Island will be inaccessible.
Guests will be instructed as to where to park as they enter the gates. Fees are reduced to $5 per person. Children 15 and under will be admitted free of charge. Because visitors will be on Preservation Virginia property only, no NPS passes will be honored. PV member cards, local passes and Historic Triangle tickets will be honored.
The Dale House Café, operated by Carrot Tree Kitchens, will also reopen for guests.
Due to parking constraints, buses will not be allowed to park on site. Check with the front gate attendants for alternative parking options.
For more information about visiting, check our websites www.preservationvirginia.org and www.historicjamestowne.org, or join us on Facebook or call 757.229.4997 ext. 100.
A Message from Our Director
Earlier this week, we attempted to reopen our 22.5 acres of private property that has been owned by the Association since 1893. We believed we could open because of the right of access provided in our 1956 agreement with the Department of Interior and because of the precedent of reopening in the previous shutdown in 1996/97. Initially our view was not shared by the leadership of the NPS and the gates to Historic Jamestowne remained locked on Wednesday. Preservation Virginia continued to pursue all avenues open to us and we are pleased with the wisdom of this re-evaluation.
Preservation Virginia values the partnership we have shared with the National Park Service. For more than 75 years, they have been a strong ally in bringing the history at Historic Jamestowne to the public. We look forward to the time when all of Historic Jamestowne will be available for touring.
Thank you to all who have written, called and contacted your legislators in Congress. Your support has meant a great deal to all of us at Preservation Virginia.
With best regards,
Elizabeth S. Kostelny