During its 350-year history, beginning in 1634 as one of Virginia's eight original shires, York County has figured prominently in both the political and economic history of the Virginia Peninsula, the Commonwealth, and the nation.
York County is a living part of a national treasure known as "America's Historic Triangle - Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown," which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Some of the Country's most revered history took place in Yorktown, where General George Washington accepted the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his British troops on October 19, 1781, an occasion celebrated annually in Yorktown.
A visit to Historic Yorktown is a must for anyone who wishes to fully understand the story of our nation's birth. Yorktown consists of 4,000 acres of battlefields, the town's historic Main Street, complete with 18th-century homes and quaint retail shops, as well as the beach, restaurants, and Riverwalk Landing retail development along the York River. Picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops, and one-of-a-kind eateries.
Historic Yorktown also offers many exciting events throughout the year. For more information about historic Yorktown, visit Visityorktown.org.