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Jamestown & Williamsburg were more interesting than Yorktown

George Washington greets visitors to the American Revolution Museum which is a private museum run by the state and not part of the National Park Service; admission is $14.45

George Washington greets visitors to the American Revolution Museum which is a private museum run by the state and not part of the National Park Service; admission is $14.45

Just 10 days after the victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress directed a monument be built to commemorate the siege and the American-French alliance; alas, funds were not appropriated for the monument until 100 years later in 1881

Just 10 days after the victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress directed a monument be built to commemorate the siege and the American-French alliance; alas, funds were not appropriated for the monument until 100 years later in 1881

The movie Liberty Fever is shown as an introduction but had too many uncomfortable parallels to supposed patriots fighting for liberty today (when they are actually just supporting a narcissistic demagogue)

The movie Liberty Fever is shown as an introduction but had too many uncomfortable parallels to supposed patriots fighting for liberty today (when they are actually just supporting a narcissistic demagogue)

The museum focused heavily on military themes (like the 4-pounder cannon here) and vague cries for liberty rather than the specifics of what colonists objected to from the British crown

The museum focused heavily on military themes (like the 4-pounder cannon here) and vague cries for liberty rather than the specifics of what colonists objected to from the British crown

Poems on Various Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley (1773) was the first publication of a substantial literary work by an enslaved individual in America; opened in 2017, the museum replaced the Yorktown Victory Center

Poems on Various Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley (1773) was the first publication of a substantial literary work by an enslaved individual in America; opened in 2017, the museum replaced the Yorktown Victory Center

Consignments of Virginia tobacco which came to the Netherlands were sold in Delftware jars like this one (1765-1785); after the Revolution, American farmers could export directly to European markets with middlemen taking part of the profits

Consignments of Virginia tobacco which came to the Netherlands were sold in Delftware jars like this one (1765-1785); after the Revolution, American farmers could export directly to European markets with middlemen taking part of the profits

This is one of two surviving plaster statues which is a direct copy of the Houdon statue at the Virginia State Capital; Thomas Jefferson noted that the York River at Yorktown affords the best harbor in the state for vessels of the largest size

This is one of two surviving plaster statues which is a direct copy of the Houdon statue at the Virginia State Capital; Thomas Jefferson noted that the York River at Yorktown affords the best harbor in the state for vessels of the largest size

Yorktown is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781; the British defeat at Yorktown followed large losses at Guilford Court House (Greensboro)

Yorktown is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781; the British defeat at Yorktown followed large losses at Guilford Court House (Greensboro)

The 22,000 sq ft museum says it has comprehensive, immersive exhibits which to me says there's a lot to read; the static content indoors was boring for kids who preferred the outdoor experiences

The 22,000 sq ft museum says it has comprehensive, immersive exhibits which to me says there's a lot to read; the static content indoors was boring for kids who preferred the outdoor experiences

Historical interpreters described daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies

Historical interpreters described daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies

Representing two companies of American soldiers (1/4 of a regiment), the Continental Army encampment features rows of soldiers’ tents (they slept 6 to a tent somehow), an office for an adjutant or secretary, two captains’ quarters and an earthen kitchen

Representing two companies of American soldiers (1/4 of a regiment), the Continental Army encampment features rows of soldiers’ tents (they slept 6 to a tent somehow), an office for an adjutant or secretary, two captains’ quarters and an earthen kitchen

The Revolution-era farm evokes the world of the 18th-century family of Edward Moss (c.1757-1786), whose life is well-documented in York County; historical interpreters explained life and work on the farm

The Revolution-era farm evokes the world of the 18th-century family of Edward Moss (c.1757-1786), whose life is well-documented in York County; historical interpreters explained life and work on the farm

A middling plantation typically covered 200-800 acres and required a workforce of about 9 adults (including slaves); despite their relatively small size, these farms offered their owners a bright economic future and status in local society

A middling plantation typically covered 200-800 acres and required a workforce of about 9 adults (including slaves); despite their relatively small size, these farms offered their owners a bright economic future and status in local society

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