Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Great Fire of 1814
York, March 4 — Yesterday about 3:00 p.m. Mrs. Gibbons’ house...took fire and together with the county Court-house, the Church, the spacious dwelling of the late President Nelson, and the whole of the town below the hill, except Charlton’s and Grant’s houses, were consumed. The lower town was occupied principally by poor people, who are now thrown upon the world without a shelter or a cent to aid them...The wind was high and the [buildings] were old — the fire spread...like a train of powder.
Again, little was done to rebuild. The new Courthouse was completed in 1818. It took nearly 30 years to repair the marl walls of the church, renamed Grace. A legend that British sympathizers burned the town has never been proved.
Erected 2010 by York County.
Location. 37° 14.171′ N, 76° 30.36′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Street Touch 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. Tobacco Inspection (here, next to this marker); Yorktown Waterfront (here, next to this marker); Yorktown's Stormy Past (within shouting distance of this marker); TransAmerica Bike Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown’s Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Pirates in Yorktown? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (about 300 feet away); Steamboats on York River (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. A fire in Virginia, circa 1800. Image courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg.
Categories. • Disasters • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.