• Cape Henry Memorial Park

    Cape Henry Memorial

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

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.

Did You Know?

Cape Henry Memorial at Fort Story, Virginia

Before WWI, the US Army began purchasing land at Cape Henry to prevent hostile shipping entering the Chesapeake Bay.