Yorktown Battlefield to commemorate anniversary of historic American victory

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A Revolutionary War reenactment at Yorktown Battlefield. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

Yorktown Battlefield will be hosting a celebration this weekend in honor of the 235th anniversary of the historic Battle of Yorktown.

On Oct. 19, 1781, British forces surrendered to a joint American and French force. The siege was the last significant military action of the American Revolution.

According to a recent press release, Colonial Heritage National Park at Yorktown Battlefield will be commemorating the historic victory through historical lectures, artillery demonstrations, military music, tours, interactive programs, and debut exhibits at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (formerly the Yorktown Victory Center).

The museum will also offer films previewing the American Revolution Museum, which will open in the spring of 2017. The new museum will be the successor to the Yorktown Victory Center. A 22,000-square-foot exhibition galleries will debut this weekend and will treat guests to interactive exhibits and dioramas.

At Yorktown Battlefield, Park Ranger Jerome Bridges will deliver a first-person account of Windsor Fry, an African American soldier who fought in the battle, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The British Royal Artillery will demonstrate the firing of 18th-century artillery on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.  The Nelson House will be open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and will allow guests to view the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Moore House was the site of surrender negotiations and will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Guided programs begin at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, located at 1000 Colonial Parkway. Admission is $7 for adults throughout the weekend, and children under the age 16 are admitted free. Interagency Passes, including lifetime senior and access passes, are honored.

For more information call (757) 898-2410 or visit www.nps.gov/colo.