Virginia250 Celebration

Nearly 250 years ago, peace negotiations at the Victory at Yorktown ended the Revolutionary War and gave America its independence. 

Historic Yorktown, in collaboration with Virginia250, will be hosting several events commemorating Yorktown's role that founded the nation toward a more perfect union. We hope you'll join us in the celebration! 

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American Revolution Attractions & Museums in Historic Yorktown

  • The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the nation's founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. 
  • Cornwallis' Cave is where the British General retreated to avoid bombardment during the Battle of Yorktown. 
  • Custom House, built about 1720 by Custom Agent Richard Ambler, occupies a unique place in American History. Listed on the Virginia Landmark Register and National Register of Historic Places, the Custom House is also one of only twelve Historic Custom Houses in the United States.
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown’s oldest building, is a historic Episcopal church and cemetery constructed in 1697 and later updated with a Greek Revival style. Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and other pre-Revolution Founding Fathers attended the church.
  • The Moore House is where the terms of surrender for the British army were negotiated in 1781. The House is restored and refurnished to an 18th-century appearance. 
  • The Nelson House is a restored mansion of Thomas Nelson Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia, and commander of the Virginia Militia during the Siege of Yorktown.
  • The Watermen's Museum tells the story of lives along the Chesapeake Bay and the history of the people who work on and harvest the bounty of the bay.
  • York County Historical Museum displays exhibits highlighting York County's 400-year history, including Naval Weapons Station, the Battlefield golf course, the Coleman Bridge, and the archaeology of several local sites.
  • Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Yorktown Victory Monument was commissioned by the Continental Congress in 1781 to commemorate the great victory at Yorktown.

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