The 1617 Church Site

1619-2019 LogoThe Jamestown Rediscovery team is currently excavating around 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 is currently closed to visitors to allow for the installation of a new floor and exhibits. The space is being updated based on the findings from the recently-completed excavations in the church’s interior. The building’s layout will reflect the original footprint of the 1617 church. New digital information panels will be added to explain more about the original church as well as the significance of the first assembly. The Memorial Church will reopen on April 15, 2019.

The 1617 Church site is is in the same location the Memorial Church within James Fort and is indicated by the number 6 on the Visit Map.

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, is currently on diplay in the Visitor Center.