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Colonial National Historical Park

1000 Colonial Parkway, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA 23690, USA

Though established to commemorate the Colonial era, this park also possesses extensive vestiges of the Civil War. In spring of 1862, Union Gen. George B. McClellan began his Peninsula campaign to capture Richmond. Confederate Gen. John B. Magruder fortified Yorktown and southward, blocking McClellan's advance. Thus, McClellan began siege operations. On the night of May 3-4, 1862, two days before McClellan's grand bombardment was to begin, the Confederates withdrew. Yorktown became a Union garrison and served as headquarters for the Federally held district of Eastern Virginia until mid-1864.

 

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Directions

From I-64 east take exit 242B, Route 199; take Route 199 east to the Colonial Parkway and follow the signs to Yorktown. From I-64 west take exit 250B and follow Route 105 to Route 17; take Route 17 north to the exit for Yorktown via the Colonial Parkway. From the north or south, follow Route 17 and take the exit for Yorktown, via the Colonial Parkway.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, visitors center, self-guided tours, ranger led tours and living history tours.

Regular Events

Memorial Day weekend: Civil War weekend.

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Admission Fee

Yorktown Battlefield: Adults (16+) $7.00, good for seven days entrance. Can be upgraded to see historic Jamestowne for an additional $7.00. Colonial Annual Park Pass: $30.00

Hours

Visitors Center, Daily: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Closed on Christmas. Park Grounds: Sunrise to sunset

Phone

757-898-3400

Website

http://www.nps.gov/colo »

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