Yorktown (HM73N)

Location: Yorktown, VA 23690 York County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.967', W 76° 30.321'

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Established 1691

— Historic Yorktown —

"York-Town, Capital of the County of that Name, is situated on a rising Ground, gently descending every Way into a Valley, and tho' but stragglingly built, yet makes no inconsiderable Figure."
Edward Kimber, Observations in Several Voyages and Travels in America in the Year 1736

Before the American Revolutionary War, Yorktown was a prosperous, thriving tobacco port. Approximately 80% of the town was damaged or destroyed during the climactic military campaign of that war, General George Washington's victory over British General Charles Lord Cornwallis in the 1781 siege.

While the town never regained its colonial prominence, Yorktown is still a vibrant community, boasting shops, restaurants, places of lodging, churches and a county courthouse. Reminders of the town's 18th century history, such as historic homes and buildings, and military earthworks, can yet be found, providing visible symbols of Yorktown's important contributions to the founding of the United States of America.

"the British pull'd down many of the houses in York & those they left have been much injured by the Bombardment ?"
William Reynolds to William Murdoch, October 26, 1781
HM NumberHM73N
Placed ByColonial National Historical Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 4:05pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366465 N 4121757
Decimal Degrees37.23278333, -76.50535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.967', W 76° 30.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 58.02" N, 76° 30' 19.26" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 Main St, Yorktown VA 23690, US
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