The isolation in the dense jungle of Guyana’s Northwest District
which made it attractive to Peoples Temple has worked against its preservation.
While the Guyana government maintained it initially and allowed Hmong
refugees from Laos to live there for a few years in the early 1980s,
the buildings have since been looted and abandoned, and the jungle is
reclaiming the land. Visitors to the site in 1998 found few remains
of the community, and the intervening years have served to further bury
them. Proposals have been made to memorialize the site, but none have
evolved past the planning stage.
Several articles written by visitors to Jonestown in recent years appear on this site, including:
• From Norway to Guyana: A Writer’s Journey, by Pernille Borud
• Pieces of Jonestown, by Aaron Oldenburg (scroll to bottom for video link)
• A Trip to Jonestown, August 2008, by Julia Scheeres