Tours & Attractions - Yorktown, Virginia



1. Archer Cottage

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 890-0916

Description: This former waterfront tavern, originally built in the early 1700s, and all but the stone foundation reconstructed after an 1814 fire, probably played a key role in Yorktown’s early days as a bustling, hard-drinking port. The building belongs to the National Park Service and is used as an office. It is not open to the public.


2. The Augustine Moore House

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-2410

Description: This is the historic home where the terms of surrender were drawn in 1781. It has been restored and furnished to its 18th-century appearance. A living-history program tells the interesting story of the arguments that took place during the negotiations. The house is open from spring through fall. For specific dates and times, contact the National Park Service.

3. Grace Episcopal Church

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-3261

Description: In colonial times this church was known as the York-Hampton Church, which dates to at least 1642. The church has been damaged several times by war and fire, but the original walls have been standing since 1697 and have been incorporated into a number of reconstructions. It remains the place of worship for an active Episcopal parish. A bookshop on-site offers theological and devotional literature, selected gifts, and cards. The church is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon through Sat.

4. The Nelson House

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions

5. Old Custom House

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Address: 410 Main St.

6. Poor Potter Site

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-2410

Description: The site of the largest-known pottery factory in colonial America tells the story of how this industry flourished in Yorktown during the early 1700s. Hours are seasonal, so call ahead before you visit. Until funding becomes available to restore this site, it will continue to be protected by an unsightly metal structure.

7. National Park Service Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions

8. Victory Monument

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-2410

Description: On Oct. 29, 1781, a resolution of the Continental Congress made a call for a Yorktown Monument to the Alliance and Victory. It was to be a century, however, before the cornerstone was laid on Oct. 18, 1881. The monument is the record of the centennial celebration that took place in the town that year. The stirring inscriptions around its base are worth investigating, and there is a convenient parking lot across the street so you may walk over to do so. For information contact the Park Service.

9. The Watermen’S Museum

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Address: 309 Water St.

10. Yorktown Victory Center

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions

11. Carrot Tree

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 988-1999
Address: 411 Main St.

Description: Located inside the Cole Digges House, Yorktown’s oldest home (built in 1720), is this second outpost of the popular Jamestown restaurant and bakery. Here you’ll find the same fresh, homey foods with an emphasis on regional favorites—Brunswick stew, crab cakes, chowders—and wraps, salads, and sandwiches. Save room for dessert. The carrot cake might not even be the yummiest among the offerings although it is exceptional. Open daily for lunch 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for dinner 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs through Sat and for High Tea at 4 p.m. on Tues and Wed.

12. Nick’S Riverwalk Restaurant And Rivah Café

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Address: 323 Water St.

13. River Room

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-3232
Address: 23690

Description: After the original Nick’s Seafood Pavilion closed, much of the staff—including longtime chef and general manager Jimmy Kirkales—moved to the River Room, at the urging of owner Cole Crockett. Many of the old faves are on the menu: shrimp and scallops Grecian; the seafood shish kebab (lobster, shrimp, scallops, tomato, onion, mushrooms, and brown butter); and lobster Dien Bien (lobster over rice, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, scallions, and brown butter). The restaurant is open for dinner Wed through Sun, 4:30 to 9 p.m. in season; during the winter months, it’s open Fri, Sat, and Sun only. The restaurant has simpler fare for breakfast and lunch as well, and is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week most of the year; it’s closed Tues during the winter.

14. Yorktown Pub

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 886-9964
Address: 540 Water St.

Description: If you want good, basic pub food in a rollicking, even raucous, atmosphere, the Yorktown Pub is the place. The menu features the usual array of burgers, sandwiches, and local seafood.As a watering hole, the pub has an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, and the many military people stationed nearby. As you’d expect of a beach pub, it’s very casual, with plenty of jeans in evidence, knotty pine walls, and worn wooden booths.

15. Duke Of York Motor Hotel

City: Yorktown, VA
Category: Tours & Attractions
Telephone: (757) 898-3232
Address: 508 Water St.

Description: This three-story motel is the only one you’ll find with rooms facing the beautiful York River. There’s a nice swimming pool in the cool courtyard on the side away from the river. Connecting rooms can be provided upon advance request. In July the rate for a basic double is $70 to $140, very reasonable considering that you have a water view, beach access, all of Yorktown history to explore, and proximity to the beautiful Colonial Parkway with its scenic 20-minute drive to Williamsburg and Jamestown.
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