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?
On July 24, 1916, Cape Henry Military Reservation was renamed in honor of Major General John P. Story, who had been a military commander at nearby Fort Monroe.