Witness America’s Beginnings, from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781.

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.

Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne

At "glass point" near Jamestown, the glass furnaces were re-discovered and excavated in 1948. Explore the interpretive facilities.

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown Battlefield

Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington,with allied American and French forces, defeated General Cornwallis's Army.

Colonial Parkway

Colonial Parkway

The Colonial Parkway is a twenty-three mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown.

Victory Monument

Fee-Free Days for 2019

Colonial National Historical Park will waive its entrance fee on five days in 2019.

Last updated: March 16, 2019

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown , VA 23690


(757) 898-3400

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