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

Yorktown's Stormy Past

 
 
Yorktown's Stormy Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Yorktown's Stormy Past Marker
Inscription. Because of its location, Yorktown is susceptible to damage from storms such as nor’easters and hurricanes. One such storm played a role in the outcome of the Siege of Yorktown. On October 16, 1781, under intense fire, the British Army attempted to flee by crossing the river to Gloucester Point. The storm was so severe that the army was forced to return to Yorktown and eventually surrender.

Some residents remember the morning of August 23, 1933, when a hurricane almost completely destroyed the Yorktown waterfront. Many structures were smashed by waves or washed away in the storm surge. The National Park Service suggested owners rebuild ollowing colonial style. The only business to comply was the steamboat office, the now remodeled Freight Shed building.

On September 17, 2003, Hurricane Isabel caused heavy damage here. Several feet of water and silt flooded many of the structures on the waterfront. One popular establishment, Nick’s Seafood Pavilion, was damaged so severely that it was not feasible to repair, thus leading to its eventual demolition.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.19′ N, 76° 30.378′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Water Street west of Read Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. TransAmerica Bike Trail (here, next to this marker); Great Fire of 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco Inspection (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboats on York River (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Hot-Air Balloons (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown’s Waterfront (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pirates in Yorktown? (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Building damaged by the Storm of ‘33. Photo courtesy of York County. View of the Watermen’s Museum during Hurrricane Isabel, 2003. Photo courtesy of William W. Cole, Photographer.
 
Categories. DisastersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
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 212 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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