Things to Do: Yorktown Victory Center

On October 19, 1781, the decisive military campaign of the American Revolution culminated with the British surrender to combined American and French forces under the command of George Washington. The Siege of Yorktown effectively ended the six-year struggle of the Revolutionary War and set the stage for a new government and nation.

Today the Yorktown Victory Center is a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood through a unique blend of timeline, film, thematic exhibits and outdoor living history.

Indoor exhibition galleries portray the Declaration of Independence as a revolutionary document that attracted international attention, recount the war’s impact on 10 ordinary men and women who left a record of their experiences, highlight the roles of different nationalities at the Siege of Yorktown, and explore the story of the Betsy and other British ships lost in the York River during the siege. Exhibits also describe how people from many different cultures shaped a new society and the development of a new government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

On October 19, 1781, the decisive military campaign of the American Revolution culminated with the British surrender to combined American and French forces under the command of George Washington. The Siege of Yorktown effectively ended the six-year struggle of the Revolutionary War and set the stage for a new government and nation.

Outdoors, visitors can explore a re-created Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters describe and depict daily life of American soldiers at the end of the war. A re-created 1780s farm, complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and herb and vegetable garden, shows how many A

The Yorktown Victory Center is open daily from 9am – 5pm with the exception of being closed Christmas and New Years days. According to an interpreter I talked with at the colonial farm, Thanksgiving is a great time to visit as they feature more interpreters, activities, and my favorite, cooking demonstrations.

Admission is $9.50 for adults, $5.25 for children 6-12, and free for 6 and under. Residents of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County receive FREE admission every day.

TIP: Save close to 20% with the History is Fun! ticket to the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. This web-only special offers seven days of unlimited visits to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center at $19.25 per adult and $9.25 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 visit free.

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