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Jamestown Things To Do – Attractions & Must See

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Jamestown Things To Do

The Jamestown Visitor Center offers a great overview of the historic town. This is where you must purchase a ticket to enter the historic town.

Jamestown Settlement

This is a museum and re-created settlement of Jamestown. The main attraction is the replica fort and buildings. It is constructed to show everyday life in Jamestown from 1610 to 1614. There are period actors giving demonstrations on wood and leather works, as well as period firearms demonstrations. While it is possible to take a guided ranger walk through the historic settlement, it’s also possible to saunter about and take it in on your own schedule.

Jamestown Glasshouse

When entering the Colonial Highway towards Jamestown, the first attraction is the Jamestown Glasshouse. Three furnaces were built in 1608 by German settles who arrived on the second supply ship from England. The spot was selected due to the large amount of sand at the location from the James River and an abundance of wood for the furnaces. The glass made here was in high demand during the Renaissance period in England.

The remains of the furnaces are located in a covered shelter and protected by full glass partitions. They do not seem that large and are very close together.

Powhatan Village

The Powhatan Indian village is based on archaeological findings and descriptions recorded by English colonists at a site once inhabited by Paspahegh Indians, the Powhatan tribal group closest to Jamestown. The re-created village features reed-covered houses, crops and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Jamestown.

 

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