Yorktown History

Allow us to introduce you to the place where the United States gained its independence as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.  Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, Gen. George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged Gen. Charles Cornwallis' British Army, effectively ending the war. There's history surrounding you, everywhere you turn. Discover what makes us such a unique and inspirational destination.

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Trick or Treat Yourself with a Yorktown Ghost Walk

Yorktown is considered by many to be one of the most haunted areas in the nation. Jeff Santos, director of Yorktown Ghost Walks, attributes this to its involvement in both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Fifes & Drums of York Town

The Fifes and Drums of York Town

If you find yourself walking the charming streets of Historic Yorktown on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, you may hear the beat of a drum or the strains of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” coming from a cream building on Church Street. Inside is the musical heart of our historic area: The Fifes and Drums of York Town. 

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Join the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for Interactive, Educational Exhibits

If you’re a kid (at heart), you’re going to enjoy the list of must-see/do films, galleries, and artifacts we put together to be on the lookout for when touring the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

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The Watermen’s Museum – A Must “Sea” in Historic Yorktown

Did you also know that in Yorktown, Virginia, there’s a quaint, scenic, historical museum that documents the history of Chesapeake Bay watermen from pre-Colonial to modern times?