If Heaven looks
like this place, please book me a room.
~ Switzerland ~
We'll be back.
There is no reason to stay anywhere else.
~ North Carolina ~
Chances are great that you're visiting Williamsburg because you have a great interest - if not love - of American history.
If that's the case, you owe it to yourself to visit Yorktown.
Yorktown is located just 20 minutes or so east of Williamsburg along the York River. It's home to the United States Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown as well as the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.
It's also, of course, the site of a critical moment in the Revolutionary War, when U.S. General George Washington and his troops laid siege to General Cornwallis and his troops there in 1781, eventually leading to Cornwallis' surrender. Historians credit Washington's victory with effectively winning the war (although the war technically continued for about another year).
Yorktown is part of what is known as the Historic Triangle, comprised of Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown.
If you visit the town, you'll enjoy wandering around its lovely riverfront village that offers visitors shopping, history and art (including a free trolley!).
Called Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing, this area of town provides a variety of shops and dining along a riverfront pedestrian walkway.
Visit April through October and you can take a sail on the Schooner Alliance or the Schooner Serenity.
Visit the Waterman's Museum to learn the history of the people who have made their living harvesting the rivers and Chesapeake Bay tributaries that surround Yorktown
If your aim is to enjoy Yorktown's history, you'll enjoy visiting the Yorktown Battlefield and Visitor Center. It's here that you can tour the battlefield's earthworks, Washington's Headquarters, as well as Washington's tent and the Surrender Field. Visit Moore House where the surrender itself was negotiated
You'll also want to visit the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum that celebrates the American Revolution with indoor galleries and exhibits that tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived during and fought in the war. Venture outdoors and you'll be able to visit a recreated Revolutionary War encampment that depicts life as it was lived during that time. You'll also be able to enjoy a simulation of a circa 1780 farm.
You'll want to take a peek at the Museum on Main, which offers changing exhibits on York County's history. Collections include WWII collections as well as archaeology from the Tabb area.
The Museum on Main is an extension of the York County Historical Museum, which includes exhibits such as that of the Naval Weapons Station, the Coleman Bridge, archeology from several area sites, and much more.
Being a town of 400-plus years, Yorktown naturally has plenty of ghosts. Enjoy the Yorktown Ghost Experience as you walk through historic Yorktown just before and during sunset as you hear about first-hand ghostly encounters. You also can help the guides find evidence of ghosts using EMF detectors and thermal imaging tools.