The Yorktown Visitor Center is the orientation point for your visit to Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield. At the visitor center information desk, you can obtain a park brochure with maps and information, an orientation to the park, and an opportunity to schedule your visit around the various interpretive programs going on throughout the day.
The entrance fee to Yorktown Battlefield is collected at the visitor center. The fee, which covers the visitor centers at Yorktown and at Jamestown, historic houses, the battlefield, tour roads and interpretive programs is $10.00 per adult (age 16 and older). Admission is good for seven days from the date of purchase. The National Park Service America the Beautiful Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass are accepted. Commercial tour companies should contact the park in advance for fee information.
A 15-minute orientation film, entitled "The Siege at Yorktown," shows on the hour and half hour. From there, you can tour the museum exhibits which focus on the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the Battle of the Capes, and the campaign table used by British General Cornwallis during the siege. General Washington's Campaign Tents are also on display in the museum.
The museum sales shop has an excellent selection of books and reproduction items which focus on America's Colonial Period and the American Revolution. An audio tour of the 7-mile Battlefield Auto Tour Road is available for purchase in the sales shop. The cost of the audio tour is $4.95 for CD. It takes one hour and 15 minutes to complete.
Before you leave the visitor center to begin your self-guided tour of Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield, take a look at the information board to check the times for the various interpretive programs and historic house hours to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Yorktown.
Did You Know?
During the period of its peak prosperity from 1740-1770, the town of Yorktown contained 250-300 buildings and had almost 2000 residents. Approximately 80% of the town were damaged or destroyed during the 1781 siege. Today Yorktown is still an active community of about 200 residents.