Founded in 1691, Yorktown was a busy and prosperous seaport. However, Yorktown’s fame comes from the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781, which marked the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. In 1783, the final treaty was signed in Paris, France, ending the Revolutionary War and recognizing American independence. Yorktown also witnessed major Civil War activity and its fortifications held the Union army at bay.


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Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.