Yorktown is an historic American city located in the state of Virginia. The city was the staging ground of a bloody battle in October of 1781, between Washington led forces and British troops; Washington’s victory here effectively brought an end to the Revolutionary War.
Today the city has a number museums and galleries commemorating the many wars and battles that took place in Yorktown soil. One can also find many well-preserved homes, streets and other structures that date back to the early centuries.
There are many good shopping venues in the city. For souvenir hunters, check out Stars and Stripes Forever located on Water Street. In here you can find items that honor both country and flag. Products sold in the store include neckties, toys, stationary, art, flags, bags, jewelry, and military memorabilia. Another shop for gift items and souvenirs is Yorktown Battlefield and Visitor Center Museum Store; it is located on Colonial Parkway. The store showcases items such as books, toys, pottery, and glassware that commemorate the Revolutionary War.
Galeria, Ltd Antique Mall and Interiors Marketplace located on George Washington Memorial Highway specializes in antiques and memorabilia from different regions and countries. The store also accepts repairs and refinishing.
Riverwalk Landing also located on Water Street is being promoted as a one stop shopping destination. The complex has an abundance of restaurants, retail shops, and a performance area and is located near two piers.
Things to See
There is a bonanza of interesting establishments that tourists and visitors can see and enjoy in Yorktown. One popular venue is the Colonial National Historic Park located on Colonial Parkway. The park manages two of the most historically important sites in North America; the Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefields. These two places were occupied and controlled by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War.
Another interesting destination is Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown which features old-fashioned instruments and tools used by individuals who worked in the city’s bygone traditional fishing industry; this includes crabbers, fishermen and clam and oyster harvesters. The museum also showcases ships, fishing boats and canoes.
Archer Cottage also located on Water Street, is a fine example of a traditional waterfront dwelling whose architectural design dates back to the colonial period.
Restaurants and Bars
Carrot Tree, located in Cole Digges House which is one of the oldest houses in the city, offers a lunch menu. All items are prepared from scratch including desserts and breads. During Wednesdays at 4 pm, the restaurant serves High Tea.
Duke of York Restaurant which is located on Water Street affords customers a good view of the York River. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bill’s Seafood House which is located on Warwick Boulevard serves a tempting array of seafood dishes, including fried fish and grilled shrimp platters.
Big Easy Grill & Oyster Bar situated on Tazewell Street is another restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes. The culinary team of the restaurant showcases a French Old World style of cooking.