This museum and living history complex explores the cultures that made up the Jamestown colony and the
economic activities that took place there. A large museum building contains
exhibits and a documentary film tracing the English, African, and
Native American roots of the cultures that converged in Jamestown.
Outside, reenactors in period attire go about their daily tasks in a typical Powhatan village
with ceremonial circle, in a recreation of the first English fort with thatch
roofed buildings and wooden palisade, and in riverfront fields where tobacco is
the major crop.
The three brightly painted ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, replicas of the fleet that brought the first settlers across the Atlantic, can be boarded at the docks along the James River. Free guided
tours are offered daily; cafe and gift shop onsite.