Welcome to Yorktown
On October 19, 1781, British General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington here, effectively ending the American Revolution. Overpowered by massive American guns on land and cut off from the sea by the French, the British were in a hopeless position. Although Washington anticipated a much longer siege, the devastating barrage quickly overwhelmed Cornwallis, who surrendered within days.
The actual town of Yorktown is a pleasant waterfront village overlooking the York River, with a sandy beach, a scattering of shops, and a few restaurants and pubs. For more information, go to www.visityorktown.org.