The Yorktown Battlefield, the Jamestown Settlement, and the Preserved Colonial Village of Williamsburg are within 20 miles of one another in The Jamestown Virginia Area.
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Within a short from Yorktown,The Jamestown Settlement Museum recreates the time when Captain John Smith became leader of the expedition mounted by the English prospectors who came to the Jamestown shores in 1607. They struggled but survived with help from 12-year old Pocahontas (Mischievous One) who acted as intermediary between her dad the Chief of the Powhatans and the English. She visited the fort several times in 1608 bringing the settlers food.
A second group of settlers arrived from England with the intent to harvest timber, mine gold, ship goods back to England and search for a water route to the west. Not many survived but they eventually established a colony and as more settlers arrived, they expanded from the island and built the settlement that would later become Williamsburg, the Colonial Capital of Virginia, now a preserved colonial town and living museum not far from Yorktown.
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Jamestown fort's original post holes were found recently within the Colonial National Historic Park. Archaeologists are excavating the walls and post holes of the first settlement where they invite you to stand at the edge of the dig and watch as the ancient mud yields 17th Century shards of glass and pottery.
There is a lot more than history going on in the area so you don't worry about keeping everyone in the family entertained. Nearby the Bush Gardens offers a European Renaissance themed park with exciting rides and exotic European-style food while just down the road, Water Country USA runs the mid-Atlantic's largest water them park. The family might also enjoy a trip to the upscale outlet malls, a tour of the ceramic factory, and a Williamsburg Winery tour for a glimpse into the automated bottling room and a stroll of the 50-acre vineyard.
Yorktown's Revolutionary War re-enactors demonstrate camp life, military tactics, and weaponry throughout the summer in a tent camp where they stage competitions in musket speed-loading and firing, fire-starting and period games. To experience Continental Army life firsthand, visitors can try on uniforms, drill with wooden muskets, and learn about soldiers’ provisions, sleeping quarters, medical remedies, and watch flintlock musket and artillery demonstrations. Visitors can join in a militia drill on a re-created 1780s farm to learn about the role of citizen soldiers during the war.
Yorktown's historical interpreters re-create events in 1781 when George Washington marched south from New York badly in need of a win for the colonial army. The British had won most of the battles along the coast but when Britain's General Cornwallis put in to Yorktown fifty miles inland from the Chesapeake Bay on the shores of the James River, Washington seized the opportunity to corner the British army and put an end to the long and bitter war.
You will also see many men and women dressed as French soldiers because France had come to Washington's aid with an army under Rochambeau and a fleet commanded by Comte de Grasse. The addition of 8,000 French troops and a fleet of French warships bolstered Washington's army of 7,000 soldiers when they surrounded Cornwallis at Yorktown and fired cannons into the enemy fortifications for nine days forcing the British to surrender.
folks at the Yorktown Victory Center and at the National Park Service's Colonial National Park would like you to come to Virginia and enjoy all the action as you learn all about the history of the battle. While you are visiting Yorktown you can also visit the Jamestown Settlement, a living museum with three replica ships and the replica fort of the first permanent settlement by the British in the new world.
Yorktown is within walking distance of the National Park Service administered sprawling battle site and earthworks built by the colonial soldiers as they rolled their cannon in place and started their siege and a nine-day cannon barrage. An 11-mile loop road with parking turnouts and historical plaques makes the battle come alive; dozens of cannon of all sizes are in place for visitors to gain a sense of that time and place. The Moore House where the British signed the surrender document still stands and on a walking trail you can follow the path of the cannon balls as they rained down on the town destroying nearly 70 per cent of the houses. Nine antique homes still stand, however, some bearing the marks of cannon balls on the scarred brick facades.
For additional information go to www.historyisfun.org, the site for the
The Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, a State of Virginia run agency, or call toll free 1-888-593-4682 or 757-253-4838.
Combination tickets for both locations, The Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Battle Site, about twenty miles apart on the James River, cost $17. for an Adult and $8.25 for a child 6-12 years of age.
For detailed information about the people who dress as Continental soldiers and stage the mock battles at Yorktown from October 18 to October 22 go to
Many other attractions are located close by in Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg:
Colonial Williamsburg a completely preserved and restored colonial town has 80 original homes and buildings, 50 restored on original foundations, and 200 period rooms displaying 60,000 authentic antiques of British and Colonial American manufacture. Costumed re-enactors and interpreters of history will involve you in hands-on activities of the era just before the Revolutionary War.
The Colonial National Park, near the original Jamestown Settlement, has a re-created glass blowing operation that originally started in 1608 as Americas first industry. Operated by the National Park Service and the Association of Virginia Antiquities, the park includes the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America.
Go Karts plus, an 8-acre family park where you race go-karts and simulated NASCAR racers on a banked oval track.
Route 5, the scenic byway where plantations line the James River including the Shirley Plantation settled in 1613, the Berkeley Plantation, site of a 1726 mansion and home of President William Henry Harrison, and Sherwood Forest, home of our 10th President John Tyler.
The US Army Transportation Museum, from steam locomotives to experimental flying saucers, helicopters to tugboats: 200 years of Army transportation history.
The Virginia Living Museum: Virginia wildlife, botanical gardens, and planetarium.
Colonial Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is
Yorktown Virginia celebrates the anniversary of the final battle of the Revolutionary War in October of 1781 and they continue to re-enact the event at their museum and battle site. In mock battles performed by re-enactors in colonial uniforms, hands-on events, musical performances, they celebrate the surrender of the British army of Cornwallis on October 19, 1781 and the end of the War of Independence.
Yorktown Virginia continues to celebrate the anniversary of the final battle of the Revolutionary War by reenacting the event at their museum and battle site. The costumed interpreters of history stage mock battles and invite guest to participate in hands-on events that celebrate the October 19, 1781 end of the War of Independence.
Costumed interpreters of history at the Jamestown Settlement bring the days of the first settlers to life
Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, Virginia USA Travel offers historic sites.
The Yorktown Battlefield, the Jamestown Settlement Museum, and Colonial Williamsburg are full of history, archaeology, colonial antiques and Revolutionary War history.
Yorktown, Virginia USA Travel offers the historic Yorktown Battlefield where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War took place.,
Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, Virginia USA Travel offers historic sites like the Yorktown Battlefield ,above, where a nearby museum demonstrates Colonial military life and Revolutionary War history.
Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg, Virginia USA Travel offers historic sites like the Jamestown Settlement Museum were costumed historic interpreters demonstrate Colonial life.
The Jamestown Settlement Museum's recreated ships and costumed historic interpreters demonstrate the life of the first English settlers.
How to reach Yorktown and Jamestown:
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is a half hour's drive away and has five rental car companies operating from the airport..
Norfolk International Airport (NIA) is forty miles south ( seven rental car companies)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is 45 miles north with eight rental car companies. ..
The Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Battlefield, and the Preserved Colonial Village of Williamsburg are within 20 miles of one another in the Jamestown Virginia area.