The 1617 Church Site

1619-2019 LogoThe Jamestown Rediscovery team is currently excavating outside of the Memorial Church to learn more about the 1617 church as well as the two later 17th-century churches built on the same site. Jamestown’s second church, which was constructed beginning in 1617, is where representative government in English America began with the convening of the first General Assembly from July 30 to August 4, 1619.

The Memorial Church recently re-opened after undergoing two years of excavations within the building’s interior followed by the installation of a new floor and exhibits. The updated space reflects the original footprint of the 1617 church. Additional exhibit components, including digital information panels, will be added over the next several months to explain more about the original church as well as the significance of the first assembly.

The 1617 Church site is is in the same location the Memorial Church within James Fort and is indicated by the number 22 on the Map of Discoveries.

Archaeologists are generally on-site, weather-permitting, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The Knight's Tombstone
The Knight's Tombstone, a black limestone ledger stone from the 1617 church, has now been returned to its original location within the church.