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- Yorktown Battlefield
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- United States
- American Revolution
- 1700AD - 1799AD
- George Washington
- Historic Jamestowne, Colonial National Park,
Colonial Williamsburg, Cold Harbor,
about Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown battlefield in Virginia is the location of the final battle of the American Revolution.
It was at Yorktown battlefield that, on 19 October 1781, the British surrendered to the combined forces of the French and American armies, under the command of General Washington. This dramatic action marked the end of the war and was the point at which the Americans attained independence.
Today, Yorktown battlefield forms part of Colonial National Park which encompasses Historic Jamestown, Colonial Parkway and the Cape Henry Memorial. Visitors to Yorktown Battlefield can learn about the history of the site and the end of the American Revolution with tours and exhibitions including visiting Moore House, where the terms of surrender were agreed. Aspects of the site also relate to the American Civil War.
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Address: Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Centre, Colonial Parkway, Virginia, 23690
Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Centre is located in Yorktown, Virginia, which is approx. 14 miles southeast of Williamsburg. Williamsburg has an international airport, an Amtrak station and a Greyhound station. By car, the park’s visitor centre is accessible via I-64. There is also a free half-hourly shuttle that travels to the surrounding parts of Colonial National Park. Further directions available on the official NPS site.
Open daily, 9am-5pm. The park grounds close at sunset. Closed Thanksgiving Day, 25 December and 1 January. A 7 day pass to Colonial Park, which includes Yorktown Battlefield, costs $10 per adult and is free for under 16s. Annual passes also available.
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