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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Yorktown's Tea Party

 
 
Yorktown's Tea Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Yorktown's Tea Party Marker
Inscription. While the Boston Tea Party of December 1773 is famous, a lesser known protest against the Tea Act also occurred in Virginia. On November 7, 1774 some concerned citizens of York County openly boarded a ship in the harbor and dumped two small chests of tea into the York River, tea that had been imported despite a boycott.

The earlier Boston event was only the most extreme of many protests, not against taxation itself, but against British attempts to tax Americans without allowing them representation in Parliament. This destruction of valuable private property outraged most Britons and was a turning point in the conflicts leading up to the Revolution.

The residents and patriot leaders of this area, like others throughout the colonies, demonstrated their support of the Revolutionary cause and their refusal to import tea with this dignified, highly symbolic tea party of their own. The local merchant, who had ordered the small shipment of tea, quickly apologized in the newspaper and asked the local citizens for forgiveness.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.361′ N, 76° 30.541′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Street when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George P. Coleman Bridge (here, next to this marker); N.S. Savannah (within shouting distance of this marker); Nick's Seafood Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Olympic Flame (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Bay Watermen (within shouting distance of this marker); York River Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Heavy Artillery at Yorktown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wars & Yorktown (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Yorktown Tea Party, by Sidney King, circa 1960. Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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