“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Historic Yorktown

Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 25, 2015
1. Yorktown Marker
Inscription. "This Yorktown, or Little-York, is a small city of approximately 300 houses: it has, moreover, considerable circumference. It is located on the bank od the York River, somewhat high on a sandy but level ground. It has 3 churches, 2 reformed English and 1 German Lutheran...and 2 Quaker meeting houses, and a beautiful court or meeting house..." Johann Conrad Doehla, Anspach-Bayreuth Battalion, British army, July 3, 1781

Travel a short distance along this walkway to discover historic Yorktown.

Established in 1691, by the 1750s the town was a thriving seaport supporting a prosperous waterfront business district with wharves, warehouses and pubs. Stately and moderate homes, outbuildings, stores, churches, taverns and government buildings filled the bluff overlooking the river.

The town was extensively damaged during the 1781 siege and never recovered its colonial prominence.

Explore Yorktown and discover among a still active community sights that reflect the town's past glory: earthworks encircling the town, the 1881 Monument to the Alliance and Victory, and 18th century buildings, including the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

"I have this day visited the town of York, to witness the destructive effects of the siege. It contains about 60 houses...many
Yorktown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 25, 2015
2. Yorktown Marker
of them are greatly damaged and some totally ruined, being shot through in a thousand places and honey-combed ready to crumble to pieces."
Dr. James Thatcher, Surgeon, Continental Army, October 22, 1781
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Servcice.
Location. 37° 13.867′ N, 76° 30.183′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker is on Colonial National Historic Parkway north of Ballard Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located north of the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yorktown Bicentennial Pine Trees (here, next to this marker); Don't Tread on Me! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cornwallis Headquarters (about 600 feet away); Tobacco Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Thomas Nelson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Victory Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); British Inner Defense Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Yorktown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
Also see . . .  Yorktown Battlefield - Colonial National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on November 25, 2015.) 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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