Stop at the Jamestown Visitor Center to pick up orientation materials and see a 15-minute introductory film and the museum exhibits. Ask at the front desk about ranger tours of the island, costumed interpreter programs, and children's activities. From the Visitor Center walk to "Old Towne" and "New Towne."
Highlights of the "Old Towne" tour include the original 1639 church tower, current excavation of James Fort, Confederate earthworks, and the foundation of the Third and Fourth Statehouse.In the "New Towne" section of Jamestown, developed after 1620, foundations of many of homes and other buildings were excavated in the 1930s and 1950s. Replicas of these original foundations are scattered throughout the "New Towne" site.
Drive and explore the island on the three- or five-mile wilderness loop drive. Herds of deer inhabit the dense forests around the pitch and tar swamp. Interpretive signs and paintings along the way discuss some of the early industries attempted by the English. Inside the reconstructed Glasshouse of 1608, skilled artisans produce glassware in much the same manner as did 17th-century craftsmen.