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Colonial National Historical Park

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, Virginia 23690

Phone
Headquarters
(757) 898-3400
Visitor Information
(757) 898-2410

WELCOME to Colonial National Historical Park

Jamestown Landing - BEST Placess to PicnicColonial National Historical Park is located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and is operated by the National Park Service of the United States government.

It began on the swampy marshes of Jamestown in 1607. It ended on the battle scarred landscape of Yorktown in 1781. 

It was one hundred and seventy-four years of hope, frustration, adventure, discovery, growth, and development that saw a lonely settlement of 104 men and boys grow into a nation of 13 colonies of 3 million people, of many races and many beliefs. Jamestown and Yorktown mark the beginning and end of English Colonial America.

Historic Jamestowne

An integral part of Colonial National Historical Park, this 23 mile scenic byway connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Its panoramic vistas, gently winding curves, through patches of pine and evergreen forest, constantly leaves the visitor with an expectation as to what the next curve may bring forth.

Yorktown Battlefield

Yorktown is the site of the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Revolution secured independence for the United States and significantly changed the course of world history.

Colonial Parkway

An integral part of Colonial National Historical Park this 24 mile scenic Colonial-style highway connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Its panoramic vistas, gently winding curves, through patches of Pine and Evergreen forest, constantly leaves the visitor with an expectation as to what the next curve may bring forth.

Cape Henry Memorial

The park's Cape Henry Memorial unit marks the approximate site of the first landing of the Jamestown settlers in Virginia. It also overlooks the Chesapeake Bay scene of the Battle of the Capes, the sea battle that played an integral part in the Yorktown campaign and led to the surrender of the British at Yorktown.

Picnics

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Island or Battlefield at the appropriate locations.  Picnicking is permitted at the picnic tables located in the parking lots at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown.  Picnicking is also allowed at the Beach Picnic area at Yorktown. Jamestown and Yorktown are "leave no trace" trash free area's, so PLEASE take your trash with you when finished eating.

DON'T: Picnic on the archeological site, battlefield proper, earthworks, historic ruins or visitor center patio. Don't leave your litter on the ground.

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