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each town. Historic village. Unique shopping and arts mecca. Yorktown offers all of this along with a vibrant scene of live music, water adventures, a weekly Saturday market in season and restaurants offering fresh seafood and dietbusting desserts. Here, you can learn little-known stories of the Revolutionary War. Walk the battlefield and see homes that suffered direct hits during the Siege of Yorktown. Enjoy fine or casual dining at waterPatriot front restaurants, watching tall ships and military vessels cruise Tours and Provisions up and down the York River. Visit the Watermen’s Museum and learn the history of those who work these waters for a living. Get out on the water yourself—on a kayak, a standup paddleboard, or take it easy on a charter cruise or tall ship ported here. Take a rest on the beach and people watch or read. Buy a gift you can be sure won’t be found elsewhere, and add something special for yourself. Come for an outdoor concert, or listen to live music while you eat a leisurely dinner. Come once, and you’ll fall under the spell that is Yorktown. v
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Telling a Broad and Deep History of the War
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he new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the War of Independence by immersing you in the siege of Yorktown, taking you to lesserknown battles and connecting you with events that are meaningful to you. “The old Yorktown Victory Center did tell the story of the war, but we had limited space and limited artifacts,” says senior curator Thomas Davidson. “The aim here is to talk about the American Revolution—not as a series of beads on a string such as Lexington and Concord, Philadelphia and Boston—but as a whole. We show how people across all of eastern Northern America were affected by the war.” In March and April, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown celebrated the culmination of its 10-year transformation from the Yorktown Victory Center. Of course, the museum thoroughly covers the siege and victory at Yorktown that turned the tide of the war. You’ll feel you’re part of the action. The 4D theater includes sight, sound, movement and smell of seawater. “You’re in the middle of the action with gunpowder and seawater,” Davidson says. “The siege is taking place all around you on a 180-degree screen.” The new museum also strengthens and broadens the story of the Revolutionary War beyond the traditional focus on the Northeast and Yorktown, Davidson says. Exhibits also show the lives of everyday people who didn’t fight. “We know about the Boston Tea Party, but how many people know about the Edenton Tea Party in which women, in support of America’s cause, simply refused to drink tea anymore?” Davidson says. “Everyone knows about Yor-
ktown. There also was a long, very important campaign in the Carolinas and Georgia prior to Yorktown that isn’t widely known outside the South. There were conflicts that extended all the way to the Mississippi River that were part of the war. We have a diorama focusing on the battle of Great Bridge, Va., in 1775 that was a major patriot victory that essentially drove the British out of Virginia for a number of years. People who don’t go to Virginia schools have never heard of the Battle of Great Bridge.” Exhibits extend the story beyond the war on either side historically to cover from the 1760s to the signing of the Constitution in 1787. “The Revolution itself is so dramatic that people don’t get enough content and context on what went before—the development of the social, political and economic pressure that caused the war,” Davidson says. “How did we go from the victory at Yorktown to become the U.S. of A? The victory at Yorktown did not mean America was fully formed.” Some exhibits feature short films with actors portraying people who lived during the Revolution telling their personal stories, Davidson says. You can learn about Benjamin Baker, famous as an astronomer and mathematician in the 1790s, who also was a legally free AfricanAmerican, Davidson says. Baker was among the African-Americans who were allowed to vote in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. “He is being treated like any other free person,” Davidson says. “That sounds extraordinary to us, knowing the history of racial conflict that has happened in America.” If you want to know more, interactive exhibits allow you to explore more background with
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technology at exhibits and via your smartphone. Electronic interactive exhibits enable you to search 160 battles across North America and learn more about the battle, plus see maps and images, Davidson says. “We give you a viewer’s choice of the war so you can look at the aspects of the war that are significant to you,” Davidson says. “If you see a scene in a gallery, you’ll be able to dig deeper, view short films and get information beyond the exhibit label copy.” Outside, interpretive, hands-on, living history exhibits show the expanded recreation of a Continental Army encampment and a Revolution-era farm. At the farm, “the perspective will be from one particular family and how they experienced the war,” Davidson says. “The family copes with the deaths of individuals within the family. We also show how the family interacts with the enslaved people also living among the population. The family we’re focusing on experienced the British seizing their goods when the British army moved in during the Yorktown campaign.” Exhibits show the transition from separate colonies to a united nation. The museum’s first special exhibit, AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America, debuts June 10. The exhibit follows the post-war stories of veterans who built the foundation of today’s America. Play, performances and lectures feature veterans Alexander Hamilton, James Lafayette, the Marquis de Lafayette and Henry Knox. “One of the really critical ideas was a recognition that we are Americans,” Davidson says. “Up until the creation of the United States, the colonies were separate entities that existed in parallel to each other. The lines of authority ran back to Britain. People had to decide they were Americans first, that their first loyalty was not to South Carolina or Massachusetts but to the new nation. That took a long time for people to process.” v
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Gallery At York Hall
Celebrating 15 Years as a Must-See for Art Lovers
he Gallery at York Hall started with $3,000, a large empty room in the former courthouse building and a manager willing to dumpster dive to outfit that room. The goal: promoting York County’s art and tourism. As The Gallery at York Hall celebrates its 15th anniversary, it has become the first stop for savvy tourists and a recurring stop for art lovers. Manager Sharon Owen, a volunteer, has been a critical player throughout along with a volunteer staff that has grown from 30 to 36. The Gallery signed paperwork in September 2001 in partnership with York County and the Celebrate Yorktown Committee of The Yorktown Foundation. Owen worked creatively and tirelessly with York County and a team of volunteers to get what the gallery needed. Owen and a York County representative traveled to Richmond to buy display stands. The stands were different colors so Owen got an auto body shop to paint them all black. “We got whatever we could find on the side of the road or get for a couple of dollars at garage sales,” she recalls. “I dumpster dived. My quilt racks used to be sides of baby cribs.” On April 7, 2002, the doors opened for the first exhibition—75 quilts from the Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild. That first exhibit ran for two months and gave Owen time to find more artists. The Gallery started out with 40 artists and has grown to more than 300, all local and regional. Art showcased here includes photography, quilts, jewelry, oil paintings, wood carvings, pottery, stained glass and more. Displays change every six weeks. The Gallery hosts music performances in the lobby. This year’s events and performances include a stained glass exhibit by artist Brenda Marion in June, a photography exhibit by artist Paul Stevens in July and August, a pottery exhibit by artist Keith Shamburger in September, a Yorktown art exhibit featuring historian Chris Bonin in October and a Christmas in Yorktown exhibit featuring all local artists in November and December. In addition to the wealth of art, the Gallery is the information center for visitors to Yorktown and York County. Visitors can watch the film Sights and Sounds to learn about Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg. On hand are ice water, brochures and dedicated volunteers at an information desk available to answer questions. Frequent inquiries include: ‘Where is the cannonball?’ (Answer: ‘in the Nelson House’). People also want to know about the historic battle at Yorktown, how to get to the closest gas station and to the airport. “People say it’s a friendly town,” Owen says. “When our visitors go back home, I want them to know how special Yorktown is.” v
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he Hornsby House Inn has welcomed more than 9,000 guests in the five years since the family opened their historic home overlooking the York River. The luxurious inn is filled with family heirloom antiques, yet also conveys a relaxing vibe. “Guests like the atmosphere and the feeling of being comfortable and almost at home,” coowner David Bowditch says. The daily breakfasts feature quiche made by David’s wife, René, or the so-called world famous cheese grits made by David’s brother Philip. “I tell history stories about the house,” David says. “I also tell the history of Yorktown and give background of what’s important about the town.” At the other end of the day, guests enjoy wine and cheese at 5 p.m. David, Philip and their two brothers grew up in the house built by their grandfather, a working waterman. The home is a popular venue for weddings, and they also host local groups. The Hornsby House Inn has become a central spot for locals and return visitors. The vibrant family home is a welcome addition to other accommodations available in Yorktown. Sometime this year, the 10,000th guest will enjoy the hospitality here. “Philip and I are both enjoying the process of using the house as an inn,” David says. Hours April through December: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. v
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he York River provides both a scenic backdrop and a wealth of opportunities for adventure in Yorktown. Savvy locals and visitors enjoy kayaking and standup paddle boarding on these waters that have seen so much history. “Yorktown has been a port town since Colonial times,” says Jill Pryor, co-owner of Patriot Tours and Provisions. “It’s a unique feeling to be on the same body of water that so many people have been on before. You’re here among other types of boats—fishermen and sailing ships. You get to experience a river, a significant river. The nice shoreline environment gives you easy access onto the water.” Patriot Tours and Provisions has added more kayaks and standup paddleboards as demand has grown. Paddlers explore nearby beaches and inlets, Pryor says. Tandem kayaks offer an opportunity for parents or grandparents and children to paddle together. Standup paddleboards are a new concept for many but first-timers are game to try it with instruction on how to stand up and paddle correctly, she says. “It’s a new concept of paddling, vs. sitting in a kayak,” Pryor says. “It gives you a better view and a different perception. You engage your whole body as you’re paddling. It’s more of a full-body physical activity that definitely takes a little bit of skill and a little bit of effort.” When you get tired paddling and still want to be on the water, you can let sails and motors do the work with day sails, pirate adventure cruises and sunset sails on the beautiful York River aboard Yorktown’s home-ported Schooners Alliance and Serenity and fishing charters with York River Charters. v 8
ou’ll find Auntie M’s American Cottage at a threeway intersection—where eclectic, recycled and one-of-a-kind art come together at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. This summer folk artist Marilyn West celebrates four years selling unique art and handcrafts to a growing, appreciative clientele of both locals and visitors at Auntie M’s American Cottage. “I love the area, and it’s so beautiful,” says West, who lives just 3 miles from the shop she opened in July 2013. “York County has done such a nice job of making Yorktown a nice place for residents and visitors to the area.” West has been creating art for 30-plus years. One of her first projects was making awards for runners in the Yorktown 5K Race. “I made about 75 little wood Colonial soldiers with movable arms and legs,” West recalls. “I cut each piece on my band saw, painted them, sealed them and put them together.” Another early project involved creating art for her own home. “We didn’t realize when we purchased the plans that the central living area was vaulted,” West says. “I had these huge walls and knew I could not afford to purchase big art to put on those walls. That’s when I decided I would create my own.” First was a huge, painted wooden quilt. Next, she painted an angel on an old door and hung the door up sideways. Like the art in her own home, Auntie M’s American Cottage includes art made from a variety of objects that could have ended up in a landfill. “People seem to like the items that are made from things that are recycled,” West says. “They get a chuckle out of my potato chip bag keychains. We have a gentleman who makes furniture from salvaged pieces he finds such as reclaimed wood and old windows. He found an old top for a desk—just the top, no drawers. He made the drawers and new base. One of my friends replaced all the windows in her house, and he made a beautiful china hutch out of two of the windows. He’ll find a piece that’s in disrepair and create something beautiful.” If you like unique, wearable art, look for West’s magnet bracelets and necklaces. “You can get a handful of magnets and have a necklace that looks different every time you wear it,” she says. Whether Yorktown is your home or a favorite destination … whether you live green, love art or both … you’ll want to add Auntie M’s America Cottage to your list of favorites. v
Good Food, Good Drinks, Good Music Equals Good Times
f you enjoy a healthy serving of good music and/or unique libations with your food, you’re in luck. Yorktown offers a vibrant nightlife with restaurants showcasing regional bands as well as beer, wine and whiskey events throughout the year. At Water Street Grille, recent music groups have included Good Shot Judy, the Caleb Folks Duo and the Wampler Brothers Band. The restaurant also has hosted whiskeybourbon dinners and craft beer events with a four-course dinner and 20 microbrews. Want a souvenir glass? “Steal the Pint” with glasses to take home from Blue Mountain Brewery when you’re done with your beer. Next door, Riverwalk Restaurant events include holiday brunches on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, as well as wine expos and a popular Bastille Day wine dinner. At the other end of the Riverwalk, The Yorktown Pub has featured Awkward Thomas, Destination Zion and The Pawn Shop Lifters. The only downside: sometimes there’s so much going on in one night, you can’t get to it all. After one visit, you’ll Yorktown be mak301 Main Street, ing plans for your next outing here. v
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Yorktown Attractions & Businesses Hours may vary before Memorial Day and in the winter off-season, so call first when phone numbers are available. All addresses are in Yorktown unless otherwise noted. For more: VisitYorktown.org
Historic Grace Episcopal Church A National Historic Landmark
Originally built in 1697, this little church survived the Revolutionary War, the Yorktown fire of 1814, the Civil War, and still serves an active Episcopal Congregation. Take an historical tour at
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The Gallery at York Hall Art gallery with a variety of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. Themed exhibits change every six to eight weeks including quilts, watercolors, pottery, needlework, photography and more. Also, information center with maps, brochures and informative film, Sights and Sounds of Yorktown. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Monday. 301 Main St., 757-890-4490.
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Getting Around Yorktown Trolley Provides transportation throughout the village of Historic Yorktown from the Yorktown Battlefield to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with several stops in between, including Riverwalk Landing. March 31–May 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 27–Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; Sept. 5–Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free.
Stay Duke of York Hotel The only hotel on the Historic Yorktown waterfront. Rooms overlooking the York River and beach. Doubles, queens, kings and Jacuzzi rooms available. Pool and restaurant. Free wireless Internet and free parking. 508 Water St., 757-898-3232. The Hornsby House Inn Bed and Breakfast Enjoy king beds, private baths, large common areas with working fireplaces, a dining room gourmet breakfast and complimentary wine and cheese at 5 p.m. Available for special events and weddings. 702 Main St., 757-369-0200. Marl Inn B&B Five rooms, each with a private bathroom and a private entrance. Two suites have full kitchens; one has a kitchenette. Children of all ages welcome. Breakfast options include a full or no breakfast choice. 220 Church St., 757-898-3859 or 301-807-0386. York River Inn B&B Located on a high bluff overlooking the York River, the inn has three antique-filled guestrooms, exceptional amenities and sumptuous breakfasts. River views in two rooms and historically-knowledgeable innkeeper enhance any visit. 209 Ambler St., 800-884-7003 or 757-887-8800.
Beach Delly Lunch and dinner with seafood platters, seafood sandwiches, burgers, subs and classic deli sandwiches, salads and gourmet pizza, overlooking the York River. Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 524 Water St., 757-886-5890. Ben & Jerry’s and Green Mountain Coffee Café Premium ice cream and 100 percent organically grown, pesticide-free, Fair Trade Certified coffee drinks. Also available are cakes, catering and office parties. Sunday–Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday–Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, weather permitting. 332 Water St., 757-969-1990. Carrot Tree Yorktown Lunch served daily. Whole cakes and full line of baked goods. Deli by the pound. ABC on and off site. Lunch daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 323 A-2 Water St., 757-988-1999. Duke of York Hotel Restaurant, Island Grille Yorktown’s longest-running restaurant, since 1976, serving breakfast and lunch overlooking the York River. Famous for omelets, crab cake sandwiches and amazing seafood baskets. Daily 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 508 Water St., 757-898-5270. Riverwalk Restaurant Located at Riverwalk Landing, serving regional seafood, steaks, poultry and seafood dishes. Full service bar with extensive wine list, large selection of draft and bottled beers and full restaurant menu plus tapas. Private, waterfront banquet room for up to 70 people. Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 323 A-1 Water St., 757-875-1522. Umi Sushi Yorktown’s newest Japanese restaurant offering authentic Asian dishes such as sushi, salads and signature Korean dish Bibimbap. In addition to Asian cuisine, sake, beer, wine, soda and a variety of teas are served. Daily 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 327 Water St., 757-989-6464. Water Street Grille Water Specializing in artisan Street pizzas with 20 craft beers Grille on tap daily. Indoor and outdoor seating with a great view. Sunday– Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Build your own bloody Mary bar every Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 323 A-5 Water St., 757-369-5644. Yorktown Pub Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River. Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 540 Water St., 757-886-9964.
VisitYorktown.org (Click on print brochures for a copy of the dining and shopping guide.) Alexander’s Photography Prints and postcards of Yorktown and Riverwalk. Complete listing under Play and Learn. Auntie M’s American Cottage Witty, inspirational work by self-taught folk artist Marilyn West and other artisans with one-of-a-kind collection of arts and handcrafts. Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extended hours for special events. 330 Water St., 757-369-8150. Black Dog Gallery
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Black Dog Gallery Distinctive custom framing, prints and maps, Southern pottery and custom hand-painted floor cloths. Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 114 Ballard St., 757-989-1700.
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Gallery at York Hall Fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. Themed exhibits change every six to eight weeks including quilts, watercolors, pottery, needlework, photography and more. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. 301 Main St., 757-890-4490. Nancy Thomas Gallery Original art, wood and metal designs by internationally known artist Nancy Thomas. Also antiques and gifts. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 301 Ballard St., 757-898-0738. On the Hill Gallery Showcasing handmade artwork from local and regional artists. All painted mediums, jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture, quilts, furniture, glass art, traditional and contemporary handcrafts. Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 Main St., 757-369-1108. Patriot Tours and Provisions Beach supplies, kites, toys, gifts, snacks, drinks and sundries. Complete listing under Play and Learn. Redcoat Antiques Unusual gifts covering 3,000 years as well as 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture, silver and paintings. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 121 Alexander Hamilton Blvd., 757-890-1409.
Offering a fresh take on seafood, chicken, steak, pork, pasta, and, of course, oysters! Featuring raw oysters from the best local vendors and specially selected offerings from around the world, Y.R.O.C. is sure to please any oyster lover. Now on the Virginia Oyster Trail. Indoor and Outdoor dining. Full bar, hand selected wine menu and craft beer. Growlers sold to go. Open daily 11am–9pm No Reservations Needed. Just Come on Over!
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Viccellio Goldsmith Master goldsmith J. Henry “Hank” Viccellio has been designing and creating jewelry for 40 years. Shop/working studio offering his latest designs and repairs. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday by appointment. Closed Monday. 325 Water St., 757-890-2162.
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The Yorktown Bookshop Veteran-owned bookstore offering quality used books at 50–75 percent off publisher’s retail price. Large variety of genres, and located at Riverwalk Landing. Special events throughout the year, including book signings. Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Open later during special events at Riverwalk Landing. 328 Water St., 757-969-6626. The Yorktown Onion Offers an ever-changing, eclectic assortment of unique gifts and home accessories. Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 319 Water St., 757-872-8232.
Play and Learn VisitYorktown.org Alexander’s Photography Alexander frequently uses the York River’s picturesque scenery as a backdrop for weddings, engagement sessions, family and senior portraits. Get a family portrait taken while visiting Yorktown. Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Monday. 323A-4 Water St. Call for appointment. 757-898-0632.
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Custom House The historic 1720s Custom House was built by Richard Ambler, collector of customs for the crown. It is believed to be the oldest customhouse in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark Register. Home of the Comte de Grasse Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial Day weekend– Oct. 19. Also, open 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday in December. 410 Main St., 757-898-7789. Fifes & Drums of York Town Originally formed to celebrate the American Bicentennial, this group of young fifers and drummers can still be seen marching in Historic Yorktown today playing field music and donning 18thcentury-style Regimental uniforms reminiscent of those who served in the Continental Army during the Victory at Yorktown. For a listing of Yorktown performances, check the event calendar on VisitYorktown.org. Grace Episcopal Church Service of Holy Eucharist and healing Wednesday at 10 a.m. year round. Services Sundays at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. through Memorial Day and resume the Sunday after Labor Day. Service at 7:45 a.m. only the first Sunday in June. Summer schedule Memorial Day to Labor Day with Sunday services at 7:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. 111 Church St., 757-898-3261.
Let’s Go Sail Enjoy an ideal getaway with your own private party of up to six people with a leisurely cruise along the historic York River. Modern and impeccable 32-foot Hunter sloop offers a comfortable cockpit, catbird seats, coolers of ice and restroom. 757-876-8654. Patriot Tours and Provisions Guided Segway PT adventure tours of Historic Yorktown and off-road at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg. Rentals of bikes, kayaks and paddleboards. Beach supplies, kites, toys, gifts, snacks, drinks and sundries. March– October daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November– December daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., January– February by reservation. Group, local and military discounts. 321 Water St., 757-969-5400. Schooners Alliance and Serenity Set Sail for Adventure aboard the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Enjoy a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise or a peaceful sunset sail on the York River. Sailing daily from Riverwalk Landing Pier, Yorktown April–November. For families with kids, try the Pirate Adventure with Captain Mayhem’s School of Piracy. Pirate cruises depart at 11a.m. May–September. Reservations recommended. 425 Water St. 888-316-6422. Watermen’s Museum
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Watermen’s Museum Waterfront museum interprets Chesapeake Bay maritime traditions. Features artifacts and traditional fishing and boating techniques, importance of sailors in 1781 victory at Yorktown and stories of lives along the Chesapeake Bay. Living history presentations, environmental educational programs, summer camps, boat building, archeology, seasonal weekly events. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p. m. Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. 309 Water St., 757-887-2641. Yorktown Battlefield See where American Independence was won. Start with an orientation film and museum exhibits, including field tents used by General Washington during the pivotal Oct. 19, 1781 battle that won the war. Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission includes Nelson House, Moore House and Poor Potter sites; call first for hours for these sites. 1000 Colonial Pkwy., 757-898-2410. York County Historical Museum-York Hall Exhibits highlighting York County’s 400-year history, including Naval Weapons Station, the battlefield golf course, the Coleman Bridge and the archaeology of several local sites. 301 Main St. Call for hours. 757-898-4910. v
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Yorktown Calendar of Events
For more: VisitYorktown.org or 757-890-3500. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 Watermen’s Museum Military Appreciation Weekend, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Sundays, July 2–Aug. 27 Grace Church Concert Series, 5 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church. Free.
Sunday, May 7 Art at the River Juried Art Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day Celebration, 8K and 5K runs, 8 a.m., York High School. Parade at 9 a.m. Evening activities include music at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free. Liberty Celebration, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Admission.
Saturday, May 13 Yorktown Health & Fitness Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Landing.
Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29 Military Band Concert Series, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Saturday, May 6 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival Noon to 6 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Admission.
Saturdays, May 13–Oct. 28 Yorktown Market Days, 8 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Landing. No market Oct 7. Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Ceremony, noon, York Hall. Free Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27 Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concerts, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free. 14
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24 Yorktown Folk Festival, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Watermen’s Museum. Free. Sunday, Sept. 24 Yorktown Art Stroll, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Freight Shed & Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Friday, Aug. 25 National Park Service Birthday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yorktown Battlefield. Free
Saturday, Oct. 7 Yorktown Wine Festival, noon to 6 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Admission.
Saturday, Sept. 2 Virginia Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m., pre-concert starts at 6 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Saturday, Oct. 14 Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Fridays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6 Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 Yorktown Victory Celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. Admission.
Saturday, Sept. 9 Yorktown Market Day, Pet Day. 8 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Landing Saturday, Sept. 16 Watermen’s Museum Oyster Roast, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Watermen’s Museum. Admission.
Independence Day Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 York River Maritime Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Watermen’s Museum. Admission. Wednesday, Oct. 19 Yorktown Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Victory Monument and Main Street. Free. Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28 Yorktown Market Days, 8 a.m. to noon, Riverwalk Landing. Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18 Yorktown Market Days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Saturday, Nov. 11 Watermen’s Museum Chili Cookoff, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission.
Cookies with Santa Sunday, Dec. 3 Cookies with Santa, 1 to 4 p.m., York Hall, Historic Yorktown. Free. Yorktown Market Days Saturday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Ceremony, noon, York Hall. Free Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19 Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Yorktown. Free Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 23–25 Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Admission. Dec. 1–31 A Colonial Christmas, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Admission. Friday, Dec. 1 Christmas Tree Lighting, 7:30 p.m., Victory Monument and Riverwalk Landing. Free. Saturday, Dec. 2 Christmas Market on Main, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Historic Main Street. Free. Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, 7 p.m., Yorktown waterfront. Free.
Saturday, Dec. 9 Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m., Riverwalk Restaurant. Admission. Yorktown Holiday Market Days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Toyland Parade, 1 p.m., Riverwalk Landing. Free. Friday–Saturday, Dec. 15–16 “Now the Season for Mirth,” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Yorktown Battlefield. Free. v
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