Yorktown's Main Street
Historic Resource Study
This report deals in depth with a number of phases of
the Yorktown story and the sites and areas associated with them. It is
not a chronological presentation of the story of the town. There is some
new material here and there and some new conclusions and modifications
of others, particularly in regard to:
1. The British inner line built around Yorktown in
1781, its modification by the French in the winter of 1781-1782, and the
ultimate disappearance of these earthworks from view. (Appendix G
contains information on the wintering of the French in Yorktown).
2. The Main Street of Yorktown, its nature and the
development that stood along it in colonial, revolutionary, and into
later times, considered lot by lot.
3. The windmill that overlooked Yorktown Creek
through much of the 18th and into the 19th centuries.
4. The Secretary Thomas Nelson Town Mansion (where
Cornwallis first established headquarters) its nature,
disappearance, and first commemorative marking.
There is a plan of Yorktown that shows its original
form along with the additions that were made to it from time to time. The
27 illustrations grouped at the back represent an assembly that is not
found elsewhere containing several items difficult to see, such as Nos.
5, 6A, 8, 11, and especially 21.
Last Updated: 22-Jan-2010