Historic Jamestowne Continues the Momentum of America's 400th Anniversary
JAMESTOWN, VA -- Historic Jamestowne served as host to the Queen of England, dignitaries from the UK's Inns of Court, the President and Vice President of the United States, a NASA astronaut, and over 450,000 American and international guests in 2007. Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director of APVA Preservation Virginia, the organization which jointly owns and administers Historic Jamestowne in a unique partnership with the National Park Service states "2008 has continued to garner international exposure and inspire great interest in our ongoing research and discoveries at our active dig site. We are honored to continue to play a vital role in discovering and sharing the history of America's Birthplace with the world." A Capital Campaign has raised close to $55 million toward an overall master plan goal of $63,000,000 for new visitor facilities, exhibits, collections care, public programs, virtual resources and endowment. Guiding fundraising efforts in 2008 is a 3 to 1 $1,000,000 challenge from an anonymous donor, by way of The Philanthropic Collaborative of New York.
The 2008 season is kicking off as the excavation site is uncovered from its winter rest. Archaeologists began the process of readying the site on April 2 for the 2008 season. Weather permitting and on weekdays, visitors will continue to be offered the rare opportunity to share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation.
"The major goal of this excavation season is to begin to uncover the remaining unexplored half of the 1607 James Fort searching for the original church, the Virginia Company storehouse, the guard house and an early well" says William Kelso, Director of Archeology. The site is expected to remain open until the last week in October.
The New Dale House Café at Historic Jamestowne
Spring brings the grand opening of the new Dale House Café offering visitors a casual al fresco dining setting with expansive views of the James River. The Café provides food and drink for visitors from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with hot food service from 10:00 until 4:00.
Spring will also feature Jamestown Landing Day, May 10, a special day of events committed to commemorating the 401st anniversary of the 1607 founding of Jamestown. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a taste of early settler culture through early music performances, 17th century reenactment group, archaeological field work and iron making demonstrations. For a full list of spring and summer special events visit www.historicjamestowne.org.
If You Go
Historic Jamestowne offers a wealth of activities for exploring the first permanent English settlement in North America. Visitors can share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology-in-action at the 1607 James Fort excavation; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's new archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church, and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. Entrance to the site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the grounds remain open until dusk.
Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and APVA Preservation Virginia and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Admission is $10.00 for adults (children under age 15 are free) and includes admission to Yorktown Battlefield for seven consecutive days. National Park Service and federal recreation passes, as well as APVA memberships, are also honored. For further information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org or call (757) 229-1733.