Yorktown Revisited

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For history buffs, Virginia is a great place to live. You’re within one hour of where the Revolutionary War ended and about three hours from where the Civil War ended. Lots of things are happening in Appomattox this month, the 150th anniversary of the end of the war.

This week we decided to visit a historical spot that we had not been to since our kids were little – Yorktown, the town where General Cornwallis surrendered and ended the Revolution. It was kind of a dreary day, so we skipped the battlefields and ventured out to see what else there was to Yorktown.

We started at the old courthouse, now York Hall.

Lots of local artists' work  is here in York Hall

Lots of local artists’ work is here in York Hall

This is a good place to begin for visitors going downtown.  There is a lot of high quality artwork and crafts for sale (all made in Virginia), in addition to all the brochures you could possibly want for the area.

Next we went down the hill towards the York River.  Our first stop was the Waterman’s Museum.  It gave a very complete history of how the water ways in the area were so important to the people who lived there…from the Native Americans to the residents of today.

The Waterman's Museum

The Waterman’s Museum

We walked on a trail along the river and spotted a touring schooner, either the Alliance or Serenity.  They have daily river tours and can be contacted at sailyorktown.com .

One of the touring schooners hoisting its sails.

One of the touring schooners hoisting its sails.

The Coleman Bridge looms over Historic Yorkdown

The Coleman Bridge looms over Historic Yorktown

By now it was lunchtime, so we headed to Riverwalk Landing, a shopping and dining complex right next to the water.  We had a terrific lunch at the Carrot Tree Kitchens. We were highly tempted by their yummy carrot cake desert, but resisted until the next time.

Along Riverwalk Landing

Along Riverwalk Landing

Yorktown is a perfect spot for a quick visit. In addition to downtown, there’s an area of what look to be Colonial homes at the top of a bluff overlooking the river that will make for a nice walking tour the next time we go back. We’ll also want to revisit the Yorktown Battlefield and Victory Center the next time to catch up on what we forgot in high school!

The dogwoods were almost in bloom this early April morning.

The dogwoods were almost in bloom this early April morning.

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