Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Federal shutdown causes local parks to close

Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks

As the government shutdown enters its third day, locations around the Historic Triangle are forced to close to the public.

The lapse of appropriations and the federal shutdown have led to a temporary closure of the various parks, the Colonial National Historical Park said in a news release.

This comes at a time when many other parks across the nation are also having to close as a result of the shutdown. National parks will try to remain as accessible as possible while still following applicable laws, the release said. 

Some areas of the Colonial National Historical Park will remain open including certain areas on Jamestown Island, Colonial Parkway and Cape Henry Memorial.

Preservation Virginia’s portion of the island, which includes the fort site and the archaeological museum, will stay open.

Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield will be closed until further notice.

For updates on various park openings, the National Park Service will provide information on their website and social media platforms as best as possible. During the shutdown, though, the information is not being monitored and may not reflect current conditions, the release said.

For more information on the Colonial National Historical Park visit

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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