• 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?

bronze statue of Admiral de Grasse at Cape Henry Memorial, Virginia

In 1781, the French fleet, commanded by Admiral de Grasse, blockaded the Chesapeake Bay just offshore from Cape Henry, contributing to Lord Charles Cornwallis’ surrender to General George Washington at the siege of Yorktown.