Sunday, February 5, 2023

Historic Jamestowne closing to public through January

The Jamestowne Church Tower (Historic Jamestowne photo)

In order to limit the risks associated with the recent surge in COVID-19 numbers, Historic Jamestowne will be temporarily closed to the public starting Monday through Jan 31.

The closure includes the Visitor Center co-managed by the National Park Service and Jamestown Rediscovery (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and the New Towne and Old Towne areas of the island.

Operation updates related to the closure include:

  • The James Fort Site and all buildings, including the Dale House Cafe, will be closed.

  • All on-site programs have been cancelled for the duration of the closure.

  • Jamestown Rediscovery staff will continue to monitor email and voicemail messages during the closure.

  • Virtual Classroom Programs will continue during the closure. Visit to learn more.

  • Product orders from the online retail store will continue to be fulfilled.

  • The Glasshouse, operated by Eastern National, will remain open for glass blowing demonstrations and retail sales 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. daily. The Glasshouse will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

  • Public restrooms will be available at the Glasshouse.

  • The Island Drive tour road will be closed to vehicles beyond the Glasshouse parking lot, but will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.

  • Updated operational information will be posted at

“The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers remains our highest priority. Jamestown Rediscovery will continue to monitor guidance from the Governor’s office, Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” site officials said in a news release. “Although the site will be closed, our archaeologists, curators, and educators will be working hard on projects to fulfill our mission.”

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