Williamburg Trip: Yorktown Battlefield

On the next day of our trip, we drove over to Yorktown. So our first day was Colonial Williamsburg, then we jumped back in time to Jamestown, and next forward in time to Yorktown. Our first stop was the Yorktown Battlefield national park. When I had last visited this area, the weather had made it such that we missed the battlefield. This time it was a little better, although pretty hot. But not to worry, the NPS has organized a driving tour of the battlefield, meaning that you can spend most of your time in your air-conditioned car.

We started at the visitor’s center, where there is a small museum display of artifacts related to the battle. Then we walked outside to view the area where the British had their main fortifications. We also walked to the Yorktown Victory Monument. From there we drove to the original allied (American/French) lines, and then on to the second set of allied lines that were closer to the British position. The tour continued with a visit to the Moore House, where surrender negotiations were held. Finally we saw the field area where the British surrendered.

The “Lafayette Cannon”
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Display of Washington’s field tent. Some pieces of the tent are original, others are reproduction.
Yorktown Battlefield

“The Fox” cannon at the British fortifications
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Victory Monument. I’m sensing a theme between this monument and the one at Jamestown.
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

First allied siege line
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Mike checking things out. The white structure you can see in the background is the Yorktown National Cemetery Lodge, which is part of a Civil War era burial ground.
Yorktown Battlefield

Recreated earthen-works representing “Redoubt 10,” a British fortification that was captured so as to complete the second allied siege line
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Taking in the view from “Redoubt 9,” which neighbored Redoubt 10 and was also captured as part of the same offensive
Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

The Moore House
Yorktown Battlefield

The room in the Moore House where the British surrender is believed to have been negotiated on October 18, 1781
Yorktown Battlefield

The field where the British surrendered
Yorktown Battlefield

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