Yorktown Victory Celebration
October 20 & 21, 2018
The 237th anniversary of America’s momentous 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with hands-on military experiences, artillery firings and interpretive programs.
Commemorative programs take place on October 19, Yorktown Day, 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. Visitors can take part in daily artillery demonstrations and interact with Revolutionary War re-enactors.
As part of the ongoing “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition that examines the American, French and British artillery used during the Siege of Yorktown, the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra will perform 12 musical compositions in salute to the military, culminating with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” accompanied by the sounds of artillery. The symphony performance begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.
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.
The pieces below will join in with the museum’s two six pounders and 4.5″ Coehorn mortar for the weekends bombardment.
7th Virginia Regiment
2 pound iron cannon on a galloper carriage
Her name is “Ginny”
Commanded by Lieutenant VanDyke, aka Mary Mansouri
7th Virginia Regiment
4 pound brass cannon on a grasshopper carriage
Her name is “Libbie”
Commanded by Sergeant Karl Elsea
Fixed Regiment of Spanish Louisiana
3 pound brass cannon on a spanish carriage
Her name is “El Dragon”
Commanded by Sub Lieutenant Jim Garner
1st Virginia Regiment
3 pound brass cannon on a grasshopper carriage
Commanded by Ensign Gray Collins, IV
Special event activities are made possible in part by the York County Arts Commission.
The event is included with museum admission: $15.00 for adults, and $7.50 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.