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.
At the site of the fort just a few miles away, archaeologists recently found the Jamestown fort's original post holes within the Colonial National Historic Park and they are excavating the walls and post hoes 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 walk through the 50-acre vineyard.
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.
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.
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.
These events mark a battle in which America finally secured its freedom and the 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.
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 www. continentalline.org
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 one of five courses in the area.
Yorktown Virginia celebrated the two hundred and twenty fifth anniversary of the final battle of the Revolutionary War in October of 2006 and they continue to reenact 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, Battlefield of the Revolutionary War
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.
The Jamestown settlement is within twenty miles of Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg
Yorktown is a short drive from the ships of the Jamestown Settlement Museum
The Last Major Battle of the Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown Virginia,
Yorktown Virginia's famous Battlefield of the Revolutionary War was the scene a the last major battle of the Revoutionary war. Museums commemorate the event with costumed events and hands-on learning opportunities.
Yorktown Virginia's preserved Battlefield of the Revolutionary War was the scene of the last major battle. Museums commemorate the event with costumed re-enactments of military life during the Revolution.
Yorktown Virginia's Battlefield of the Revolutionary War is open for tours. The site was the scene of the last major battle. A Museum nearby holds costumed re-enactments of military life during the Revolution.
How to reach 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.