Yorktown Victory Celebration
October 14 & 15, 2017
The 236th anniversary of America’s momentous 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated October 14 and 15 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with hands-on military experiences, artillery firings and interpretive programs.
Commemorative programs take place on October 19 at Yorktown Battlefield and in historic Yorktown.
Continental Army encampment
Visitors to the Continental Army encampment will discover aspects of military life, from enlistment to troop supplies and flintlock muskets to 18th-century medical care, take part in daily artillery demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and interact with re-enactors from the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line.
Military music will be performed on both days at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the Fifes and Drums of York Town on Saturday and Field Musick Virginia on Sunday.
Farm visitors can learn about typical life of a Revolution-era farming family, including how families produced homespun clothing during the war and assist in turning plant fibers for cloth. Throughout the day, visitors can lend a hand with 18th-century meal preparation and preservation.
Films & Exhibits
Indoors, visitors can take in the “Liberty Fever” introductory film, tour immersive exhibition galleries, including “The Siege of Yorktown” experiential theater with special effects. “Leaders of the American Revolution,” a 30-minute overview of the leaders, battles and key events, will be held each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition chronicles the post-war lives of Siege of Yorktown veterans, including Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, James Lafayette and the Marquis de Lafayette.
In addition, several weekday programs leading to Yorktown Day events will honor the Marquis de Lafayette, including excerpts of the “La Fayette” ballet at 4 p.m. October 17; and three lectures on October 18 – “Lafayette’s Grand Tour of 1824” by Alan Hoffman, president of the American Friends of Lafayette, at 1:30 p.m.; “The Lafayette Trail” by French historian and geographer Julien Icher at 2:15 p.m.; and “Lafayette and Human Rights” by Diane Shaw, director of special collections at Lafayette College, at 4 p.m. Programs are included with museum admission.
Special event activities are made possible in part by the York County Arts Commission.
The event is included with museum admission: $12.00 for adults, and $7.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 receive complimentary admission. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.