My sister lives in Gloucester Point Virginia located on the lovely banks of the brackish York River which separates Gloucester from Yorktown and leads out to the Chesapeake Bay. It is a beautiful albeit historical place with tons of things to do.
Per Wikipedia, the main significance of Yorktown is illustrated below:
“The town is most famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781. Although the war would last for another year, this British defeat at Yorktown effectively ended the war.
Yorktown also figured prominently in the American Civil War (1861–1865), serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending upon who held Yorktown at the time.
Today, Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the Historic Triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and is the eastern terminus of the Colonial Parkway. Yorktown is also the eastern terminus of the TransAmerica Trail, a bicycle touring route created by the Adventure Cycling Association.”
My sister Jen’s house is perched thirty feet above the greenish blue waters of the York River and on a nice day you have splendid views of Yorktown across the way. You can see ospreys nesting on their perches above the water and if you are lucky you may sometimes see a pod of dolphins playing joyfully along the way. Navy Battleships can be seen cruising out to sea which is always a delight for my young son.
It was a beautiful day yesterday so my sister and I decided to take the four kids ages 3-to 6 to Yorktown to see the sights. Given the young age and short attention span of our young revolutionaries, we didn’t get as much time as we would have liked to see the sights but I was still able to snap some great pictures along the way.
Here they are:
Entering Historic Yorktown
Our little revolutionaries smiling away…
The cannon ball is still there….
The remnants of the battlefield of Yorktown…