• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia




Mark Lehman

Park records identify 1017 species of vascular flora. Predominant vegetation types within the park include approximately 5500+ acres of forest (including about 690 acres of forested wetlands), approximately 2200+ acres of emergent (herbaceous) tidal wetlands and more than 1100 acres of open fields. The park contains significant aquatic (wetland) habitats within the tidal systems found along the shores of the York and James rivers and in most of the tidal creeks to those rivers. In addition the parks wetlands, streams and ponds support a number of freshwater aquatic communities. Protection of these aquatic communities is important because the park provides unique opportunities for public observation, education and recreational fishing. The roadways and access areas throughout the park afford opportunities for close examination of wetlands and waterfowl as well as opportunities for swimming and fishing.

Did You Know?

Living History Participants

On July 6, 1781, near Jamestown, the Marquis de Lafayette’s small American force fought General Cornwallis’s army at the Battle of Green Spring. Lafayette lost this, Virginia’s largest infantry battle of the war, but saved his army, enabling him to spy on the British army as it moved to Yorktown.