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.
Witness America’s Beginnings, from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781.
At "glass point" near Jamestown, the glass furnaces were re-discovered and excavated in 1948. Explore the interpretive facilities.
Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington,with allied American and French forces, defeated General Cornwallis's Army.
The Colonial Parkway is a twenty-three mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown.
Last updated: January 14, 2018