Yorktown Tourist Attractions
The victory of Washington's American and French force over Cornwallis's British troops at Yorktown on October 9th-17th 1781 ended the American revolutionary wars. In the Yorktown Victory Center an exhibition of relics of the battle (including Washington's tent) and a film show prepare visitors for a tour of the battlefield.The town has many historical attractions and is part of Virginia's historic triangle.
Colonial National Historic Park includes the historic areas of Jamestowne, Yorktown, and Cape Henry Memorial.
Yorktown Victory Center
The Yorktown Victory Center in the town of the same name chronicles the development of the United States from a British Colony to nationhood. Indoor and outdoor exhibits with costumed interpreters and actual recreations, including the firing of a cannon, give the visitor the feeling of actually being back in the 18th Century.
York County Courthouse
The York County Courthouse is located in Yorktown. For those looking to delve deep into the history of the city or region, the courthouse contains records dating back to the 17th Century. The Courthouse is located in the old part of Yorktown and is surrounded by several other fine buildings. Several good restaurants are located nearby and the downtown area is a pleasant place to stroll.
Yorktown National Cemetery
The Yorktown National Cemetery is located near the town of Yorktown. Here visitors will find the graves of thousands of soldiers involved in the conflict that led to the end of the US Civil War. A visit to the Yorktown National Cemetery can be combined with visits to the Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Monument to Alliance and Victory all located nearby.
The Watermen's Museum describes the history of watermen in Yorktown and the Chesepeake Bay. Although the term watermen today refers mainly to fishermen, historically the term refered to anyone who worked on the water. Visit the Watermen's Museum to find out about their lives and livelihoods.