Williamsburg Trip: Nelson House and Yorktown Victory Center

After touring the Yorktown Battlefield, we drove into Yorktown itself to see the Nelson House. Built in 1730, it was the home of Thomas Nelson, Jr., member of the Continental Congress, Governor of Virginia, and a commanding officer of the Virginia militia at the Battle of Yorktown. Indeed, the Nelson House was behind the British lines during the siege, and was fired upon by the American and French troops. During the Civil War the house served as both a Confederate and Union hospital.

After seeing the Nelson House, we went to the Yorktown Victory Center. This is the sister museum to the Jamestown Settlement, both of which are owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Yorktown museum is in the process of being renovated and expanded, at which point it will be renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. In the current setup, there is an indoor area with exhibits on the Battle of Yorktown and the history of Virginia. The collection of artifacts is quite good, including several pieces of clothing (pictures were not allowed, though). There was a man’s coat, waistcoat, a pair of woman’s shoes, and a woman’s jacket. Outdoors there is a recreation of a Continental Army camp and of a 1780s farm. We saw an artillery demonstration at the camp, which was fun to watch.

Nelson House exterior
Nelson House, Yorktown

Nelson House, Yorktown

View of the gardens from inside the house
Nelson House, Yorktown

Upstairs hall
Nelson House, Yorktown

Looking into one of the upstairs rooms
Nelson House, Yorktown

Nelson House, Yorktown

Side of the house
Nelson House, Yorktown

Yorktown Victory Center artillery demonstration
Yorktown Victory Center

Yorktown Victory Center

Modern reproduction of Washington’s field tent
Yorktown Victory Center

Yorktown Victory Center

Pointing out a tobacco field
Yorktown Victory Center

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