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Jamestown is located about 40 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay (45 miles southeast of Richmond.) It was founded on May 14, 1607 and is commonly regarded as the first permanent English settlement in the United States. Located in James City County when it was formed in 1634 as one of the original 8 shires of Virginia, Jamestown was the capital of the Colony for 83 years. Jamestown is one of three places comprising the Historic Triangle of Colonial Virginia, which also includes Yorktown and Williamsburg. There are two areas to visit in Jamestown: Historic Jamestown, on Jamestown Island, is a cooperative effort by Jamestown National Historic Site, a part of Colonial National Historic Park, which is a unit of the National Park Service. The other attraction is Jamestown Settlement, located 1.25 miles from the historic location of the colony. Jamestown Settlement is a living history interpretive site that was established for the 350th anniversary celebration of Jamestown in 1957. A ferry provides service across a part of the James River and offers passengers a view of Jamestown Island from the river, which is probably not greatly different from what the first colonists saw 400 years earlier. Just 11 miles east on the scenic Colonial Parkway, visitors can tour Colonial Williamsburg, and another 13 miles east takes you to Yorktown. Yorktown Battlefield is a part of the Colonial National Historical Park and is the site of the actual Battle of Yorktown. About one mile from the battlefield, the Yorktown Victory Center is another living history interpretive site operated by the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation.

Surrounding areas: Williamsburg, Virginia (5.9 mi), Yorktown, Virginia (14.7 mi), Hartfield, Virginia (29.6 mi), Mathews, Virginia (29.6 mi), Urbanna, Virginia (31.6 mi), Norfolk, Virginia (36.1 mi)

Jamestown Vacation Rentals

Jamestown Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Patrick Henry InnYork & Page STSWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-9540
Cascades Motel103 Visitors Center DrWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 220-7680
Days Inn Historic Area331 Byp RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 253-1166
Days Inn-colonial ResortRt 199 & Mooretown RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 220-0062
Econo Lodge Parkway/historic442 Pkwy DrWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-7564
Econolodge Colonial216 Pkwy DrWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 253-6450
Holiday Inn Downtown & Holidome814 Capitol LNDG RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-0200
Homewood Suites By Hilton601 Byp RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(888) 892-9900
La Quinta Inn119 Byp RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 253-1663
Quality Inn300 Byp RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.( ) -
Travelodge Historic Area120 Byass RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-2000
Williamsburg Hospitality House415 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-4020
Williamsburg Inn136 E Francis StWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 220-7600
Williamsburg Lodge310 S England StreeetWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 220-7600
Williamsburg Marriott50 Kings Mill RdWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 220-2500
Woodlands Hotel & Suites105 Visitor Center DrWilliamsburg, VA5.7 mi.(757) 229-1000
Days Inn Colonial Downtown Williamsburg902 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA5.8 mi.(800) 743-4883
Super 81233 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA5.9 mi.(757) 253-1087
Governor's Inn506 N Henry StWilliamsburg, VA6.0 mi.(757) 229-1000
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1402 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.1 mi.(757) 645-3600
Comfort Inn & Suites1420 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.2 mi.(757) 229-2981
Quality Suites1406 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.2 mi.(757) 220-9304
Rodeway Inn1413 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.2 mi.(757) 229-3400
Embassy Suites Hotel Williamsburg3006 Mooretown RdWilliamsburg, VA6.3 mi.(757) 229-6800
Governor Spottswood Motel1508 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.3 mi.(757) 229-6444
Holiday Inn Express1452 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.3 mi.(757) 941-1057
America's Best Value Inn Williamsburg1600 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.4 mi.(757) 229-1134
Hilton Garden Inn Williamsburg1624 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.4 mi.(757) 253-9400
Springhill Suites1644 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.4 mi.(757) 941-3000
Howard Johnson Inn505 York StWilliamsburg, VA6.5 mi.(757) 220-3100
Kingsgate619 Georgetown CresWilliamsburg, VA6.5 mi.(757) 220-5702
Quality Inn Colony309 Page StWilliamsburg, VA6.5 mi.(757) 229-1855
Residence Inn1648 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.5 mi.(757) 941-2000
Comfort Inn Central2007 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.6 mi.(757) 220-3888
Days Inn Central1900 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.6 mi.(757) 229-6600
Econolodge Central1800 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.6 mi.(757) 229-2781
Hampton Inn & Suites1880 Richmond RdWilliamsburg, VA6.6 mi.(757) 229-4900
Comfort Inn Historic Area Hotel706 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA6.7 mi.(757) 229-9230
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson400 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA6.7 mi.(757) 259-7990
Hampton Inn Center201 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA6.7 mi.(757) 220-0880

Jamestown Weather & Climate

Southeast Virginia ,along the eastern seaboard, has a mild four-season climate and the weather is generally temperate and seasonal. It is classified as humid, sub-tropical. Summers are hot and humid with cool evenings. The wettest seasons are the spring and summer, although rainfall is fairly constant year-round. The mean annual temperature is 60 F (16 C), with an average annual snowfall of six inches and an average annual rainfall of 47 inches. Severe weather, in the form of tornadoes, tropical cyclones, and winter storms impact the state on a regular basis. Most occur in August and September, but plenty of warning is given for these types of storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 28°F 4.19 in. 36°F
February 52°F 29°F 3.45 in. 39°F
March 61°F 36°F 4.64 in. 46°F
April 71°F 44°F 3.24 in. 53°F
May 78°F 54°F 4.51 in. 63°F
June 85°F 62°F 3.38 in. 70°F
July 89°F 67°F 5.34 in. 76°F
August 87°F 65°F 4.99 in. 78°F
September 81°F 60°F 4.96 in. 75°F
October 71°F 48°F 3.61 in. 63°F
November 62°F 39°F 3.39 in. 54°F
December 53°F 31°F 3.34 in. 44°F

Jamestown Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located about 16 miles southeast of Jamestown in Newport News, Virginia, the Richmond International airport (RIC) located approximately 36 miles northwest of Jamestown in Richmond, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located roughly 38 miles southeast of Jamestown in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Chesterfield County airport (FCI) located around 43 miles west of Jamestown in Richmond, Virginia, and finally the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located about 45 miles southeast of Jamestown in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jamestown Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA5.7 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA50.3 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA58.8 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD75.2 mi.
Water Parks
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA5.7 mi.
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA50.3 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD103.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Colonial Golf CourseWilliamsburgVA5.9 mi.
Kiskiack Golf ClubWilliamsburgVA5.9 mi.
Williamsburg National Golf ClubWilliamsburgVA5.9 mi.
Tradition Golf Club At StonehouseToanoVA11.3 mi.
Gloucester Country ClubGloucesterVA19.8 mi.
Golf Club At BrickshireProvidence ForgeVA21.7 mi.
Tradition Golf Club At Royal New KentProvidence ForgeVA21.7 mi.
Prince George Golf CourseDisputantaVA25.3 mi.
Newport News Golf ClubNewport NewsVA25.5 mi.
Jordan Point Country ClubHopewellVA25.7 mi.
Hamptons Golf CourseHamptonVA27.2 mi.
Woodlands Golf CourseHamptonVA27.2 mi.
Sleepy Hole Golf CourseSuffolkVA29.1 mi.
Brookwoods Golf ClubQuintonVA29.2 mi.
Piankatank River Golf ClubHartfieldVA29.9 mi.
State Parks
Chippokes Plantation State ParkVA6.2 mi. 
York River State ParkVA13.7 mi. 
Muscarelle Museum of ArtWilliamsburgVA5.7 mi.(Art)
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA24.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA24.8 mi.(Art)
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA36.8 mi.(History)
Library of VirginiaRichmondVA44.6 mi.(History)
Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsRichmondVA44.6 mi.(Art)
Black History Museum And Cultural CenterRichmondVA44.6 mi.(History)
Edgar Allen Poe MuseumRichmondVA44.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA36.8 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD102.3 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC108.6 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC117.4 mi.

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