• Colonial National Historical Park


    National Historical Park Virginia

Witness America’s Beginnings, from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781.

On May 13, 1607, Jamestown was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. Three cultures came together – European, Virginia Indian and African–to create a new society that would eventually seek independence from Great Britain. On October 19, 1781, American and French troops defeated the British at Yorktown in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Did You Know?

Lambs Artillery, a living history gun crew, fires a replica 18 pounder siege gun

During the 1781 siege of Yorktown the French and American allies fired over 15,000 rounds of shot and shell into the British Defense lines surrounding the town of York.