The Yorktown Battlefield is the actual site where the combined French and American forces defeated the English under Cornwallis in 1781. The park’s Visitor Center shows an introductory film and
many exhibits, including campaign tents used by George Washington.
Several restored houses, including the Moore House on a bluff overlooking the
York River; and the Nelson House, on Main Street in Yorktown, the home of
Thomas Nelson Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, are open for
Two driving tours cross the battlefield: the 7-mile Battlefield
Tour Road winds past original redoubts and Surrender Field; and the 9-mile Encampment
Tour Road passes the site of Gen. Washington’s headquarters.
The Village of Yorktown contains a number of restored and reconstructed buildings, plus the
Yorktown Victory Monument and the interesting Poor Potter’s Archaeological
Site, an ongoing exploration of an illegal salt – glazed pottery factory,
one of the largest in the colonies.