• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia


It is our goal to make Yorktown Battlefield's facilities and programs accessible to all visitors. Interpretive programs are offered throughout the year, and our Park Rangers make every effort to accommodate all visitors at these presentations. The information below will assist visitors with impairments to understand what is available.

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For Those with Mobility Impairment

● All interior areas of Yorktown Visitor Center are accessible with two exceptions: the John Whitney Exhibit, which is accessible by a stairway, and the ship exhibit which does not accomodate oversized wheelchairs. The John Whitney Exhibit has audio narration, and a text of the narration is available upon request. The Visitor Center has mobility impaired automatic doors.
● Accessible bathrooms are located at the Visitor Center and the public restrooms at Church Street.
● Wheelchairs are available at the visitor center on a first come first serve basis free of charge. We require all borrowed wheelchairs to be returned to the Visitor Center 30 minutes prior to closing.
●The immediate area of the battlefield outside the Visitor Center has dirt walking trails with some steep inclines that may require assistance. However, interpretive programs conducted by the staff use accessible areas. The auto driving tour portion of the battlefield has designated stops that have walkways. Some of the walkways have steep inclines and may require assistance.
● The Moore House and Nelson House, historic structures, are only accessible by steps. An informational brochure is available upon request at the visitor center or at either houses. Yorktown's streets are paved, but there are few sidewalks. Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic, April through October.
● Yorktown Battlefield has two auto tours for use by private vehicle. The Battlefield Tour is 7 miles, whereas the Allied Encampment Tour is 9 miles.

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For Those with Hearing Impairments

● The Visitor Center's 16-minute orientation film has open captions and an Assistive Listening Device (ALD). The John Whitney audio narration, and the Battlefield Orientation Map also have an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) available upon request.

● Written texts are available of the film script, the Surrender Field narration, and the audio CD of the Battlefield Driving Tour. ● American Sign Language interpretation is available by request. Please contact the park at least 14 days prior to your visit. Your request should be made in writing.
● Currently the park has no amplifications system or assistive listening system for Ranger-led or living history tours.

Did You Know?

18-pounder siege gun

Artillery played a decisive role in defeating the British at Yorktown. According to Brigadier General Henry Knox, the American artillery commander, the Americans and French fired 15,437 artillery rounds at the British during the eight day bombardment. This is an average of 1.2 shots a minute!