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Yes, an ABC license must be submitted. You can apply at the State of Virginia website.
Please contact Tourism Development at 757-890-5900 for those specific areas. A separate reservation request form will need to be submitted.
To see if a certain day is available to reserve for your event, please check the availability calendar.
No furniture from inside the Freight Shed shall be moved outdoors, with the exception of white chairs.
Yes, white chairs are available with your rental. The chairs can be used both inside the venue and outside under the tent.
Freight Shed Management provides: use of the venue, use of tables and white chairs (chairs can be used underneath the tent), use of the tent behind the Freight Shed, and use of the caterer’s kitchen. There are no linens, no lighting for the tent and no catering provided.
Historic Yorktown is an area that is always open and available to the public at no charge. It is a living, working town with restaurants, shops, and local residents. There are certain buildings, attractions, and museums with operating hours and admission fees including the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.
Yorktown, where Independence was won, is a year-round destination for history, shopping, outdoor recreation, fine dining, and special events. Come for a day, a weekend, or longer! The peaceful riverside village offers battlefields and museums, quaint shops, unique galleries, casual & fine dining, entertainment, and a relaxing beach. Stay overnight in lodging with a river view or nestled in the picturesque village. End your day with a sunset sail on the Schooner Alliance II or Serenity.
Come for a day, a weekend, or longer! Yorktown has year-round events, several museums, walking tours, driving tours, shopping and dining opportunities, sails on the York River, a beachfront and more. Reserve a stay at one of our hotels or bed & breakfasts to experience all our historic area has to offer!
Yorktown is just 14 miles from Williamsburg via the Colonial Parkway. Enjoy spectacular views of the York River, as well as glimpses of the area's rich natural and cultural history as you travel to Yorktown.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, a living-history museum operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, chronicles America’s struggle for independence. An introductory film, expansive gallery exhibits with immersive settings and an experiential theater, and living-history programs in a re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm relate the experiences of ordinary people of the Revolutionary era. The Yorktown National Battlefield, a National Park Service site, operated by the Colonial National Historical Park, is the site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Visitor Center features a 16-minute film, The Siege of Yorktown, a museum with artifacts related to the siege, including the tents used by General Washington, ranger led programs, and information for self-guided tours.
See what items are prohibited on Yorktown Beach.
The free, wheelchair-accessible Yorktown Trolley runs daily in the spring through fall with extended hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Trolley stops at 11 locations approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Holiday routes and times may vary. To see the Trolley route, download the map or follow along on the ETA SPOT app on your mobile device.
To see what is going on the week/day you are visiting, please view our events calendar.
The Gallery at York Hall, located at 301 Main Street, offers information such as brochures and maps.
The Gallery is open April through December:
Winter hours are January through March: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Additionally, maps and brochures can be obtained at most businesses in Historic Yorktown for free.
Pets are permitted and must be on a leash in Yorktown. Pets are not permitted on Yorktown Beach.
Ample parking is available in Yorktown. Please obey all parking regulations by using the designated County public parking lots. The parking at Riverwalk Landing is a 270-space two level parking terrace. Handicapped parking is available on the lower level of the terrace and in all other public lots.
If you parked on the outskirts of town, consider hopping on the free, air-conditioned, and handicap-accessible Yorktown Trolley, which stops every 15-20 minutes at 11 locations in Historic Yorktown.
Biking is permitted in Historic Yorktown. The best opportunities to bike include the 1.1 mile long riverwalk along the York River and the battlefield tour roads, offering miles of biking routes. For a free Yorktown Battlefield Bicycle Map, visit The Gallery at York Hall or the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Bike rentals are available at Patriot Tours and Provisions.
In the heart of Riverwalk Landing sits Yorktown’s premier waterfront venue – the Freight Shed. It’s the perfect place to host a wedding. If you want to get married on the beach, but have your reception in the Freight Shed, you'll need to complete the Waterfront Facility Request Permit, as well as review our Public Areas Use Policy.
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Learn the dock rules and regulations here.
Saltwater fishing locations include:
A saltwater fishing license is NOT REQUIRED to fish from the Yorktown Pier.
Saltwater licenses are required in Virginia for anyone 16 and older. There are various categories of licenses and even a joint, freshwater, and saltwater license.
Licenses can be purchased at Bass Pro Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Grafton Fishing Supply, Bishop Fishing Supply, and Wal-Mart.
Lost and Found for Historic Yorktown is located at the Dockmaster's Office (757-890-3370) located at 425 Water Street.
In 1963, Congress passed a continuing resolution asking Americans to ring bells on July 4th at 7 p.m. in celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the 56 men who signed it. The descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence instituted a program to support this resolution called the "Sounds of Liberty," which began in the original 13 colonies and has now spread nationwide. Several years ago the Descendants organization asked that we establish a ringing in Yorktown which still continues, but later in the day to fit in with the overall schedule of the day.
We have very limited family history records on loan to us in our collections. People requesting information should contact Frank Green to arrange an appointment. All York County Court records are stored in the Court House on Ballard Street. The York County Library has a Virginia Room at the Yorktown Branch on Route 17 and Battle Road.
Unfortunately, the museum is volunteer based. Therefore, it can only open when volunteer docents are available. If you would like to help us keep the museum open for more hours, please call 757-890-3508.