Visitors of Yorktown were transported back in time this weekend to witness 18th-century tradesmen at work while the Hermione docked on the waterfront.
The 18th-century tall French ship drew thousands to Historic Yorktown on Saturday, with tickets to tour the ship running out in the early afternoon and lines snaking outside of almost every restaurant on Riverwalk Landing.
Merchants from around Virginia set up camp along Yorktown’s green, displaying their craftsmanship.
After touring the ship, visitors could view blacksmiths at work, talk to a ship’s surgeon, get a taste of artisan bread and pastries and get a detailed account of Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who sailed on the Hermione in 1780 to join General George Washington in the fight against the British.
The festivities continue today, with free public deck tours of the Hermione beginning at 9 a.m. and re-enactor demonstrations, music and Virginia’s finest fair happening throughout the day.
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- French Volunteer Helps Bring the ship Hermione to Yorktown
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- Track L’Hermione on Its Journey to Yorktown
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