Not far from Williamsburg, there are dozens of appealing attractions where you can visit each day for a well-rounded vacation. One overlooked gem is Yorktown, just a few miles down the breath-taking Colonial Parkway, and site of where the British surrendered, a key part of the end of the Revolutionary War. Visit the battlefield and learn about General George Washington’s leadership. You’ll get all the details about the blockade of the York River, while gazing over the bluffs to the actual York River! This area if full of interesting stories, including Cornwallis’ dodge during the surrender and Washington’s reaction.
History buffs will enjoy the Yorktown Victory Center and it’s preservation of Revolutionary War artifacts. The newly renovated center, located near the Colonial Parkway, will be open soon and the experience will be enhanced for visitors of all ages. This area also includes some Civil War history, and guides can offer layered interpretation of history about this important national treasure.
The modern town of Yorktown also offers excellent shopping and dining along the York River. There are historic ships as well as modern vessels that traverse these waters, and during temperate weather many people enjoy the small Yorktown beaches. Shops and places to enjoy the view and the history abound in Riverwalk Landing, the area closest to the river. Saturday mornings feature a Farmers Market and live music, along with festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Besides the abundance of all to do and see, you can return to your room at the Fife and Drum Inn to rest and relax…and then venture out again to experience all that the Historic Triangle has to offer. Your hosts will give you customized recommendations to get the most out of your trip to Williamsburg, Yorktown and the surrounding areas!