Yorktown Motor Lodge (8829 George Washington Hwy..)
8829 George Washington Hwy.
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Monument in 1964
The Dudley-Diggs House
Models of fishing boats
Travel Tips for Yorktown
When we got to the Waterman's Museum on the day after Thanksgiving, it was closed. The website says that it was founded in 1981 for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown to interpret the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen and women who harvest the bay’s seafood from the time Native Americans fished local waters to the present.
HOURS OF OPERATION
April 1 through Thanksgiving
Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00PM
Thanksgiving through March 30
Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Adult Rate- $4.00 Students (K thru 12) - $1.00
Only 20 minutes away is Busch Gardens. A must for kids especially. As we had our son and his friend with us, both 16 you can imagine that walking around Yorktown didnt have the same appeal as riding white knuckle rides at Busch Gardens.
This tip is purely on what my son and his friend said. We dropped them both of at 10am when the park opens. They bought a 3 day pass which enabled them to go into either Busch Gardens or Water Country. As we were there only 3 nights and 2 days, they obviously could not use them for 3 days. Quite a good buy if you could.
Apparently the best ride was Apollo's Chariot and the queues for this ride were quite a long wait. The Big Bad Wolf was another ride they liked although my son said that the force of the ride did hurt his neck a bit. Escape from Pompeii was a water ride they liked but they did inform me that you do get very wet.
Amenities in the park, such as food and drink outlets, restrooms and locker facilities apparently were very good.
They really enjoyed their day there.
The park closed at different times depending on the day. Check their website.
York's port was thriving in the 17th century, their main export being tobacco, which was very profitable. Agents living in York exported the tobacco through the port to England.
By the mid 1800's when the port was at its peak, the plantations had exhausted the soil and planters had to look further afield for fertile soil.
The tobacco was compressed into large barrels called hogsheads. These barrels were then fixed to a shaft and then the shaft to an axle and then hitched to a horse and rolled down to the port.
If you enlarge the photo, you can just about see the grassy track that the barrels rolled down to the port. We are standing on a small bridge overlooking it.
Dr. Griffiths House
When we visited the Nelson house, as I said we could tour round it. There was a lady sitting at a desk just inside the door, who was very helpful and answered lots of our questions. When we entered there were no other visitors at that time, and a gentleman was walking up the stairs dressed in clothes of the time of the revolution.
When we went upstairs to have a look round, he greeted us, and told us his name was Dr. Corbin Griffiths and he had some to see Mrs Nelson as one of her children was not very well. We chatted about the house and the people etc, and then my husband said something along the lines 'of it being before electricity' What is electricity' !!!! he asked. There was no way he was going to talk to us in the 'present time'. He was a lovely man though.
Yorktown by Night
You can also take a tour of this historic village in the dark!!!!! The tour is partly by coach and on foot visiting Cornwallis' cave and the village.
June - August
7.00pm and 8.30pm nightly
Adults $15 - children (4-11yrs) $10
Under 4's are free
Phone for reservations
Look for the discount money off coupon in the tourist information literature.
The tours leave from the Visitors Centre
In the photo of Cornwallis' cave you can see the indentations of the cannon ball damage.
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