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Colonial National Historical Park
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Colonial National Historical Park
Description - This park encompasses most of Jamestown Island, site of the first permanent English settlement; Yorktown, scene of the culminating battle of the American Revolution in 1781; a 23-mile parkway; and Cape Henry Memorial, which marks the approximate site of the first landing of Jamestown's colonists in 1607. Yorktown National Cemetery, containing Civil War grave sites - 2,183 interments, 1,434 unidentified - adjoins the park; grave space is not available.

Colonial National Historical Park preserves and interprets the historic period of English colonial America. The site includes two very historically significant sites from the colonial era: the first permanent English settlement, at Jamestown, and the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War, at Yorktown. These sites are connected by the 23 mile scenic Colonial Parkway.

Recreation - This historic site has visitor centers in the Yorktown and Jamestown sites. In Yorktown visitors can obtain information through an orientation film, the Yorktown Battlefield Museum, a bookstore and several original and reconstructed structures and sites. It also administers the Yorktown National Cemetery (Civil War era).

At the Jamestown Island site there is a museum, information desk, film, museum/bookstore, costumed interpreters/demonstrators and guided tours when staffing permits. Also on site is an active archeological dig (which has located the original triangular fort of Jamestown) and an archeological lab associated with this dig.

Visitors can enjoy a seven-mile battlefield auto tour and nine-mile allied encampment auto tour. Accessible from the encampment tour road, a trail connects to the Newport News park trail system for additional biking, hiking, and jogging.

On Jamestown Island short self-guided walking tours of the 'New Towne' and 'Old Town' sites and a three and five mile auto loop drive of the island. Colonial Parkway is a scenic 23-mile parkway, bordering the York and James Rivers and connecting Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Climate - Tidewater Virginia generally has a warm climate. Average winter daytime temperatures peak at 10 C (50 F) with night time lows of 3 C (25-20 F). Chilling winds coming off the rivers can produce wind chill temperatures much lower. Summer temperatures range from daytime highs of 30 C (85-90 F) to 20 C (60 F) at night. The area experiences high humidity, especially during the summer months. Layered clothing is recommended in early spring, late fall and winter. Good walking shoes are important for year round comfort.

Location - The park lies within the coastal plain of Tidewater Virginia. It is located along the James and York Rivers on the lower Virginia peninsula, about 50 miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia. The sites of Yorktown and Jamestown are connected by the Colonial Parkway, which takes visitors passed other historic sites not included in the park.

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Filed By: Catherine Mills (Kannapolis, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I really enjoyed my trip to Jamestown. I went Hwy. 31 and crossed over the James River on the Ferry. I went to Jamestown first. Throughly enjoyed. I then went on up to Williamsburg. The parking was not good. Streets closed & no parking signs everywhere. Road signs not clear. Drove around in circles, finally found parking area and had to walk several miles with arthritis. They need to have more convenient parking for senior citizens.

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Contact Information:
Colonial National Historical Park, P.O. Box 210 , Yorktown, VA, 23690, Phone: 757-898-3400

Additional Information:
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.
Virginia National Forests & Parks - Virginia is home to some of the most popular national parks and national forests in the Eastern United States.
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Colonial National Historical Park - Official agency website


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