Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—Historic Yorktown —
“York-Town, Capital of the County of that Name, is situated on a rising Ground, gently descending every Way into a Valley, and tho’ but stragglingly built, yet makes no inconsiderable Figure.”
Edward Kimber, Observations in Several Voyages and Travels in America in the Year 1736
Before the American Revolutionary War, Yorktown was a prosperous, thriving tobacco port. Approximately 80% of the town was damaged or destroyed during the climactic military campaign of that war, General George Washington’s victory over British General Charles Lord Cornwallis in the 1781 siege.
While the town never regained its colonial prominence, Yorktown is still a vibrant community, boasting shops, restaurants, places of lodging, churches and a county courthouse. Reminders of the town’s 18th century history, such as historic homes and buildings, and military earthworks, can yet be found, providing visible symbols of Yorktown’s important contributions to the founding of the United States of America.
“the British pull’d down many of the houses in York & those they left have been much injured by the Bombardment …”
William Reynolds to William Murdoch, October 26, 1781
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
Location. 37° 13.967′ N, 76° 30.321′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is across the street from the Yorktown Victory Monument. 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. Victory Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown Victory Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to the Alliance and Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Thomas Nelson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tobacco Road (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Yorktown (about 500 feet away); Dudley Digges House, circa 1760 (about 500 feet away); The Great Valley (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker features a photograph of “Yorktown around the turn of the twentieth century.” The right side of the marker contains a map of the village of Yorktown with the locations of many of the historic structures indicated.
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown Battlefield. National (Submitted on September 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Yorktown 1781. A British perspective of the Battle of Yorktown from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on September 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.