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

Naval Weapons Station

 
 
Naval Weapons Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Naval Weapons Station Marker
Inscription. Supply, amphibious, and combat ships pass Yorktown on their way to and from the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The military installation’s pier is located three miles upstream.

When the 20-square-mile site was acquired by the Navy on August 7, 1918, it was the largest naval installation in the world. Commissioned as the U.S. Navy Mine Depot, operations supported the World War I North Sea Mine Barrage. During World War II, the Depot continued to produce a wide range of ordnance materials such as underwater mines, depth charges, and torpedoes. Activities were reduced after World War II, but were soon increased again to meet the needs of the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam.

In 1958, the Depot was renamed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Today, the installation and its tenant commands provide technical, logistical, and supply-related services to the Atlantic Fleet.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.376′ N, 76° 30.68′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner 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
Naval Weapons Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 23, 2016
2. Naval Weapons Station Marker
This view is to the west towards the present location of the Naval Weapons Station on the York River.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Yorktown Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Join the Adventure (within shouting distance of this marker); The Watermen's Museum (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 Betsy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay Watermen (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Administration Building (above) and Front Gate (below), circa 1920. Photos courtesy of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
Naval Weapons Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 23, 2016
3. Naval Weapons Station Marker
This view of the "Signs of the Past on the Riverwalk" side of the marker is towards the east, with the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge in the background.
Signs of the Past on the Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
4. Signs of the Past on the Riverwalk
While walking along the waterfront, we invite you to discover some of Yorktown’s past by reading the signs placed along the way.

Although Yorktown is best known for the Siege of 1781 that resulted in the surrender of the British army to the Allied forces, there is much more to know about our past … and present. Read on to learn about interesting events, geography, and structures.

York County collaborated with the National Park Service,Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (Yorktown Victory Center),Watermen’s Museum and York County Historical Museum to develop these overviews. If a sign intrigues you, visit one of our museums to learn more.

We welcome your questions or comments. For more details about information on signs along the Riverwalk, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/ychm.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on October 24, 2016.
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