The beginning and end of British America has roots on these windswept sands

English colonists first landed here in April 1607, erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for a successful crossing to a new land.  In 1781, Americans could watch from these same sand dunes the largest naval battle of the Revolutionary War.  Our French Allies defeated a British fleet just off this shore to set the stage for General George Washington's victory at Yorktown.

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Cape Henry Memorial Cross

Cape Henry Memorial Cross

According to George Percy, "The nine and twentieth day we set up a cross at Chesupioc Bay, and named the place Cape Henry."

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Statue of Admiral Comte de Grasse at Cape Henry

Admiral Francois-Joseph Paul Comte de Grasse

French fleet commander Admiral Comte de Grasse bested a British fleet off these shores, establishing a naval blockade of the British at Yorktown.

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Cape Henry Lighthouses as viewed from the Cape Henry Memorial walkway

Cape Henry Lighthouses

Near the Cape Henry Memorial, two lighthouses have guided ships through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay since 1792.

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