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Update: Parking for Friday has been moved from Endview Plantation to the York County Sports Complex due to heavy rains in the days leading up to the event. More information can be found here.
Original Post: Come early and enjoy the riverfront walk.
That is York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism manager Brian Fuller’s advice to citizens and visitors planning to park in Yorktown during the arrival of the Hermione this weekend.
The replica 18th-century ship that brought Marquis de Lafayette to America to fight with George Washington is days away from pulling into the Yorktown Waterfront for its first of 12 U.S. stops, and the groups that are organizing its arrival are working hard to make sure everything — including parking — runs smoothly.
The ship will arrive at around 8:30 a.m. Friday and remain until Sunday afternoon, offering public deck tours, traveling exhibits and re-enactors throughout its time in Yorktown.
Although Fuller cannot say exactly how many people are expected to attend, he knows it is in the thousands.
“We’re getting calls hourly from different parts of the United States really, and some from France,” he said.
Because it’s a workday, parking on Friday will be more limited. The county’s big parking lots, including the administration building and the courthouse, will be occupied for normal county business. Riverwalk Landing’s parking deck will also be occupied Friday, as it has been reserved for officials and dignitaries attending the Welcome Ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. that day.
To make parking easier on visitors, the county has contracted with a bus company to shuttle guests from Newport News’ Endview Plantation on 362 Yorktown Road to the Yorktown Victory Center starting at 7 a.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Trips back to Endview Plantation will run until 6:30 p.m.
From the Yorktown Victory Center, guests will trek about a half mile along the county’s brick Riverwalk to the waterfront.
After 2 p.m. Friday, the county will end service to Endview Plantation and will open the Yorktown parking deck to the public.
The free Yorktown Trolley will also be in service until 5 p.m., so guests can catch the trolley heading to the Victory Center and skip the walking if they wish.
On Saturday and Sunday, parking can be found at many of the county-operated buildings, including the courthouse, York Hall and the administration building.
Staff and volunteers will be stationed at each parking lot throughout the weekend helping with the flow of traffic.