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Yorktown Battlefield and National Cemetery

Yorktown Battlefield and National Cemetery

The Yorktown Visitor Center is the orientation point for exploring the colonial Chesapeake Bay port of Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the final, major battle of the American Revolutionary War and symbolic end of Colonial English America.

On this battlefield, between September 28 and October 19, 1781, General George Washington and his allied American and French army of 17,600 troops surrounded and besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis' 8,300 British, German and American loyalist forces, which were fortified within the port of Yorktown. American and French artillery crews fired over 15,000 rounds of siege artillery upon the British continuously for nine days. On October 19, Lord Cornwallis, surrendered, effectively ending the war.

At the Visitor Center, view exhibits and find out about the various interpretive programs going on throughout the day. Take a self-guided auto tour that will allow you to enjoy and learn the history of the Siege of Yorktown at your own pace. Stroll the streets of Historic Yorktown, and imagine the town as it once was, a thriving tobacco port near the Chesapeake, that witnessed the last battle of the American Revolution.

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Last updated: February 27, 2020
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