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

York River Ferry

 
 
York River Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. York River Ferry Marker
Inscription. Records indicate that regular ferry service began here as early as 1647 to cross the river between Yorktown and Gloucester Point. Ferries were licensed by the Virginia House of Burgesses and tolls, equipment, and services were regulated by colonial and later state government.

Two women, Janet Mitchell and Mary Gibbons of Yorktown, managed the ferry business in 1774. They advised “Gentlemen who cross to pay their Ferriages at the Swan Tavern” and they also assured customers reading the April 1 issue of the Virginia Gazette that “the Ferry shall be kept inferiour to none in the Colony.”

The first ferries were powered by men using oars. Later, a cable was used to pull boats across. The invention of the internal combustion engine meant boats could motor across the channel. When the George P. Coleman Bridge opened in 1952, the Virginia Department of Transportation discontinued ferry service in this location.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.365′ N, 76° 30.585′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Yorktown's
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
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. Chesapeake Bay Watermen (here, next to this marker); George P. Coleman Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Tea Party (within shouting distance of this marker); The Betsy (within shouting distance of this marker); Aviation Field Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Watermen's Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Join the Adventure (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Last day of service of the York River Ferry, May 7, 1952.
Photo courtesy of the Watermen’s Museum.

Image courtesy of Bonnie and Jerry Karwac, Jr.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 5 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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