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Historic Jamestowne to remain closed to public through February

The Jamestowne Church Tower (Historic Jamestowne photo)

Historic Jamestowne has extended its temporary closure through Feb. 28 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To limit the risks associated with the recent surge in COVID-19 numbers, Historic Jamestowne had previously closed Dec. 21 with an eye toward reopening Jan. 31.

“In mid-February, we will assess plans for operations in March, in consultation with our partners at the National Park Service,” site officials said in a news release on Friday, noting the previous operation updates remain in effect. “In the meantime, we offer many online resources on the archaeology and history of Jamestown.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the island when it is safe to do so,” officials added.

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. You can learn more here.

  • 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 daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • 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.

“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 December news release. “Although the site will be closed, our archaeologists, curators, and educators will be working hard on projects to fulfill our mission.”

For more information or operational updates, visit the Jamestown Rediscovery’s website.


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