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Encyclopedia > Yorktown, Virginia
York Hall is a government building on Yorktown's historic Main Street.
York Hall is a government building on Yorktown's historic Main Street.

Yorktown is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County, Virginia, United States. The population was 203 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of York CountyGR6, one of the 8 original shires formed in colonial Virginia in 1634. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (745x841, 147 KB) Summary York Hall in Yorktown, Virginia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (745x841, 147 KB) Summary York Hall in Yorktown, Virginia. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Yorktown Area  - Total  - Water 558 km² (216 mi²) 285 km² (110 mi²) 50. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Yorktown Area  - Total  - Water 558 km² (216 mi²) 285 km² (110 mi²) 50. ... Events Moses Amyrauts Traite de la predestination is published Curaçao captured by the Dutch Treaty of Polianovska First meeting of the Académie française The witchcraft affair at Loudun Jean Nicolet lands at Green Bay, Wisconsin Opening of Covent Garden Market in London English establish a settlement...


It is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781. Although the war would last for another year, this British defeat at Yorktown did effectively end the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown also figured prominently in the American Civil War (1861-1865), serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending upon who held Yorktown at the time. Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (December 31, 1738-October 5, 1805) was a British general and colonial governor. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799) led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Combatants American Revolutionaries, France, The Netherlands, Spain, American Indians Great Britain, German mercenaries, Loyalists, American Indians Canadian Indians Commanders George Washington, Comte de Rochambeau, Nathanael Greene, Bernardo de Gálvez Sir William Howe, Sir Henry Clinton, Lord Cornwallis (more commanders) The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total...


Today, Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the Historic Triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and is the northern terminus of the Colonial Parkway. Yorktown is also the eastern terminus of the TransAmerica Trail, a bicycle touring route created by the Adventure Cycling Association. This article reads like an advertisement. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Burg Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Colonial Parkway is a scenic 23-mile parkway linking the 3 popular attractions of Virginias Historic Triangle of colonial-era communities, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. ... The TransAmerica Trail is a 4,247. ... A type of touring bicycle Bicycle touring is a recreational activity, which involves touring and exploration or sightseeing with the use of a bicycle. ... Adventure Cycling Association was founded in 1973 to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fun, fitness, and self-discovery. ...

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History

Geography makes Yorktown a strategic place in control of the rivers of Virginia and access to the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ...


Yorktown was named for York, a city in Northern England, and was founded in 1691 as a port for shipping tobacco to Europe. York is a city in Northern England, at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... A sign on the A1 road points to The NORTH Northern England, The North or North of England is a rather ill-defined term, with no universally accepted definition. ... Events March 5 - French troops under Marshal Louis-Francois de Boufflers besiege the Spanish-held town of Mons March 20 - Leislers Rebellion - New governor arrives in New York - Jacob Leisler surrenders after standoff of several hours March 29 - Siege of Mons ends to the city’s surrender May 6... on tobacco usage see Tobacco smoking Species Nicotiana acuminata Nicotiana alata Nicotiana attenuata Nicotiana benthamiana Nicotiana clevelandii Nicotiana excelsior Nicotiana forgetiana Nicotiana glauca Nicotiana glutinosa Nicotiana langsdorffii Nicotiana longiflora Nicotiana obtusifolia Nicotiana paniculata Nicotiana plumbagifolia Nicotiana quadrivalvis Nicotiana repanda Nicotiana rustica Nicotianasuaveolens Nicotiana sylvestris Nicotiana tabacum Nicotiana tomentosa Ref: ITIS...


Yorktown was the base of British General Charles Cornwallis during the 1781 siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Nine buildings still survive from this period, as well as many of the earthworks dug by the besieging American and French forces. There is also a memorial to the French war dead of the battle. Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (December 31, 1738-October 5, British general and colonial governor. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Combatants United States France Great Britain German mercenaries Commanders George Washington Comte de Rochambeau Lord Cornwallis Charles O’Hara Banastre Tarleton {Stationed at Gloucester, Virginia} Strength 10,800 French 8,845 Americans 7,500 Casualties 62 dead 190 wounded[2] 156 killed 326 wounded 7,018 captured[1] The Siege... Combatants American Revolutionaries, France, The Netherlands, Spain, American Indians Great Britain, German mercenaries, Loyalists, American Indians Canadian Indians Commanders George Washington, Comte de Rochambeau, Nathanael Greene, Bernardo de Gálvez Sir William Howe, Sir Henry Clinton, Lord Cornwallis (more commanders) The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the... In civil engineering, earthworks are engineering works created through the moving of massive quantities of soil or unformed stone. ... A siege is a military blockade and assault of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition. ...


Yorktown was also used as the base for the Federal Army of the Potomac under General George McClellan in the 1862 Peninsular Campaign. United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Generals Burnside, Hancock, Couch, Ferro, Patrick, Wilcox, Cochrane, Buford and others. ... George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 - October 29, 1885) was a Major General of the Union Army during the American Civil War. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Map of the events of the campaign. ...


Geography

Location of Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown is situated along the York River in southeastern Virginia. Yorktown has several distinct areas. Yorktown Village or Historic Yorktown is set on the York River, near the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge that spans said river to reach Gloucester Point. Historic Yorktown is comprised first of a small strip along the beach of the York River, Water Street, which contains several small restaurants, a park, a hotel, a pier, and as of May 2005 completed a building project that has small shops and restaurants. Next, Main Street sits above Water Street on a bluff, around which the architecture is almost exclusively original. The old court house, several small shops, the Nelson house, as well as the Yorktown Monument sit along this road. Around the center of the town are residential streets. Also, architecturally of note is Grace Episcopal Church, situated on Church St. near the old courthouse of Yorktown. Shops and eateries making up the "Riverwalk" section on the waterfront opened in May 2005. Colonial National Historical Park, which contains Yorktown National Battlefield and Yorktown National Cemetery, is located on the outskirts of the town. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias VA county maps by Seth Ilys. ... York River can refer to: The York River in Virginia in the United States. ... The York River is a navigable estuary, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, in eastern Virginia in the United States. ... The George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge (known locally as simply the Coleman Bridge) is a swing bridge that spans the York River between Gloucester County and York County at Yorktown, Virginia. ... Grace Episcopal Church is a generic name for hundreds of churches. ... Colonial National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the southeastern part of Virginia, near Williamsburg and Newport News. ... Yorktown Victory Monument Colonial National Historical Park preserves various sites associated with colonial Virginia, near Williamsburg and Newport News. ... Colonial National Historical Park preserves various sites associated with colonial Virginia, near Williamsburg and Newport News. ...


U.S. Highway 17 or George Washington Memorial Highway is the primary thoroughfare of Yorktown, and cuts past Yorktown by way of the Coleman Bridge. York County has grown rapidly, and in 15 years has grown from a small road going through mostly wooded areas to a heavily traveled route on which numerous strip malls and commercial areas are situated. Most of the residential areas of York County branch off of Route 17. Almost all of the recent growth of York County has occurred on or near Route 17, rather than near Yorktown, which at this point is becoming much more of a historical colonial village, much like Williamsburg, Virginia, under the guidance of the National Park Service. MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION POSTMILE {{{junction}}} Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS {{{browse}}} United States Highway 17 is a north-south United States highway. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799) led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Burg Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. ...

The Somerwell House on Main Street.
The Somerwell House on Main Street.

Currently two military installations are located in York County: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1115x1027, 285 KB) Summary Somerwell House on Main Street in Yorktown, Virginia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1115x1027, 285 KB) Summary Somerwell House on Main Street in Yorktown, Virginia. ...

Yorktown is also close to Naval Station Norfolk at Norfolk, Virginia and the shipyards at Newport News, Virginia. Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is a United States Navy base in Virginia. ... USN redirects here. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... Coast Guard Seal The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ... -1... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The newly constructed USS Birmingham is launched from the Newport News yards in 1942 Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN), formerly called Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS&DD or simply NNS), is the largest privately owned shipyard in the United States and the only one that can build Nimitz... Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 (Newport News is seen in the lower left quadrant) Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 203 people, 117 households, and 45 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 122.5/km² (314.9/mi²). There were 129 housing units at an average density of 77.8/km² (200.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.995% White, and 0.004% from two or more races. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 117 households out of which 8.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.7% were non-families. 53.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.74 and the average family size was 2.63. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the CDP the population was spread out with 9.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.


The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,804, and the median income for a family was $74,000. Males had a median income of $26,964 versus $16,923 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,748. None of the population or families were below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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Yorktown, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (965 words)
Today, Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the Historic Triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and is the northern terminus of the Colonial Parkway.
Yorktown was the base of British General Charles Cornwallis during the 1781 Battle of Yorktown, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Yorktown was also used as the base for the Federal Army of the Potomac under General George McClellan in the 1862 Peninsular Campaign.
Yorktown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (296 words)
The second Yorktown was a gunboat, launched in 1888, commissioned in 1889 and decommissioned in 1921.
The third Yorktown (CV-5) was an aircraft carrier commissioned in 1937, and a major combatant in World War II until she was sunk at the Battle of Midway in 1942.
The fourth Yorktown (CV-10) was also an aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1943, a participant in World War II and the Vietnam War, decommissioned in 1970 and now a museum at Patriot's Point in Charleston Harbor, Mt.
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