Participate is a self-guided or ranger-guided auto or walking tour in the historic battlefields of Yorktown. Highlights will include the site of Washington’s Headquarters, Surrender Field, The Moore House (scene of surrender negotiations), The Nelson House (home of Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr. signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the Yorktown Victory Monument.
Yorktown, Virginia is where George Washington’s army of 17,600 surrounded and besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis’ 8,300 British, German and American loyalist forces which were fortified within the Port of Yorktown.
The battle went on for 9 days with 15,000 rounds of artillery being fired upon the British. On October 17, Lord Cornwallis asked for a cease fire. It was then on October 19 that he and his army marched out to an open field (known as Surrender Field), stacked their weapons and became prisoners of war.
At the Yorktown Victory Center you can see where our great nation came to life. From galleries you can witness the birth through the eyes of those who were there. The evocative film A Time of Revolution will place you right in the heart of a Continental Army. There you will see how they lived their day to day lives.