Cook Road & Moore House Road
Yorktown Battlefield Description
The battle of Yorktown brought the American Revolution to an end, and history tells us that General Cornwallis was surprised by his army's defeat here. The gently rolling fields of the Yorktown Battlefield belie their violent past, and are a treasure to explore, from the replica cannons to the Moore House, where Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington. The town itself and the James River blockade played a huge role in that victory, and can be explored after leaving the battlefield site.
Babies: The stroller-friendly indoor exhibits are easy to navigate; outside along the siege lines, the terrain is somewhat rugged and not conducive to stroller use.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The cannons will be the most fascinating attraction for the younger set, as will the seasonal artillery demonstrations (May to August).
School-Age Kids: The remains of an early eighteenth-century pottery "factory," including original kilns, are within the battlefield site and make for interesting conversation about how the war affected this business.
- Two for one. A $10 combination entrance fee provides access for one week to both Historic Jamestowne and the Yorktown Battlefield National Park Service sites; the Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement require separate admission fees.
- Paths, please. The battlefield is a fabulous space that's conducive to running around, but warn kids in advance that they will need to be mindful of the preservation efforts on the original and reconstructed earthworks.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours