The Jamestown Rediscovery team is currently excavating in and 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 completion of the excavation of the church’s interior. Once the archaeology is finished this fall, the space will be updated based on the archaeological findings. 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 re-open in the spring of 2019.