Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, has asked the General Assembly to include $100,000 in its budget amendments to help preserve the 350-year-old Jamestown Church Tower.

The church tower is one of the last remaining original structures from Virginia's colonial past and one of the oldest buildings built by the English in the American colonies still standing.

The years have taken their toll, Miller said.

“Virginia is in real danger of losing the only remaining above ground structure from our 17th century colonial capitol, the Jamestown Church Tower. We cannot continue to allow this historic structure to decay.  I am committed to ensure the General Assembly appropriates the necessary funds to save this treasure,” he said.

Sen. Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment, R-James City County, is cosponsoring the budget amendment that would come from funds allocated to the Department of Historic Resources.

The  restoration and preservation project is expected to cost $150,000, and staff of the Historic Jamestowne Fund are working to raise the remaining $50,000 from private donations.

“The foundations of modern America began at Jamestown," said Andrew Zellers-Frederick, director of the Historic Jamestowne Fund. "It is essential we act to ensure this symbol of Virginia’s proud history is around for another several centuries.  We greatly appreciate Senator Miller’s efforts to help secure the funds needed to save the church tower.”