American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont
April 01 - December 31
This exhibition in the Elizabeth Ridgely and Miodrag Blagojevich Gallery highlights pieces from Read on
Exhibition Opening - Tramp Art
September 29 - September 07
Explore this intriguing art form through the study of five objects ranging from a seven-foot-tall Read on
Changing Keys: From Harpsichord to Pianoforte
November 22 - September 07
Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of Read on
January 01 - December 31
Take a 30-minute orientation walk that will help you plan your visit. Get the latest information on Read on
The British Surrendered; Independence Was Won. Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the final major clash of the American Revolution and symbolic end of the colonial period of our nation's history. On these fields in the fall of 1781, General Washington and his allied American and French army surrounded and besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis' British and German forces at the port of Yorktown. The ensuing British surrender resulted in the war's end, granting independence to the United States of America.
Administered by the National Park Service as part of Colonial National Historical Park, the Yorktown Battlefield allows visitors the unique opportunity to follow the footsteps of General Washington and walk the actual ground where these important historic events took place.
In the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, walk the quarterdeck of a full-sized replica of a British warship and examine a collection of artifacts from the battle, including a variety of flags and weapons surrendered by the British at the end of the siege.
Be sure to see the exhibit of tents used by General Washington during the campaign. recently returned to display after an extensive five-year restoration, the tents are housed in a new, state-of-the-art exhibit case, allowing visitors to not only view the tents, but actually enter the walls within which General Washington planned one of the most momentous events in our nation's history.
Walking tours of the battlefield and the historic town are offered on a daily basis. A seven-mile self-guided driving tour winds through the cannons, fortifications and markers of the battlefield for a chronological tour of the siege. See original and reconstructed earthworks and siege lines. At Surrender Field, stand on the very site where the British troops laid down their arms on October 19, 1781 and effectively ended the American Revolution. The National Park Service also operates historic houses and sites in the village of Yorktown.
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