The Jamestown experience begins at the Visitor Center, located one mile past the entrance gate and across the causeway connecting the mainland to the island. An introductory exhibit and 15-minute movie tell the history of Jamestown Island, a multi-cultural story involving the Powhatan Indians, English settlers living inside James Fort, and the arrival of the first Africans.
The original fort site and New Towne are accessible from the Visitor Center by crossing the footbridge over the pitch and tar swamp, where turtles, herons, and other wildlife may be seen along the way. The bridge ends at the Tercentennial Monument where you can join a walking tour or stroll the island at your leisure.
All visitors are asked to stop at the Visitor Center to check in, and the ticketing desk will explain the sites, programs, and ticketing options. Water fountains, restrooms, and a museum gift shop are also located within the building.
The Visitor Center is open 9:00am–5:00pm daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The island or some sites may also close for inclement weather.