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Yorktown Battlefield Tour and Riverwalk Talk

  • 21 Oct 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • NPS Yorktown Visitors Center


AFL Members: 25 per person (lunch $ tbd).

9:00am Yorktown Battlefield Tour by Mark Schneider

We will meet at the NPS Yorktown Visitors Center (1000 Colonial National Historical Pkwy, Yorktown, VA 23690).   Our 90-minute battlefield tour will be conducted by none other than Mark Schneider.  We will tour the battlefield stopping in our cars at several sites as Mark Schneider shares his vast knowledge of the final significant battle of the Revolutionary War.

10:45am Riverwalk Tour by J. Michael Moore

We will meet at the Yorktown Beach Hotel (the old Duke of York located at 508 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690)...in the newly renovated lobby.  This tour will be conducted by renowned historian J. Michael Moore.  We will move to the top of the hotel for a view of the York River.  There we will discuss the French role at Gloucester and Cornwallis's ghost fleet that is sitting on the floor of the York River (courtesy of the French artillery). This location was also part of Nicholas Martiau's plantation.  He was the French Huguenot who founded Yorktown in the 1600s and was the 3rd great grandfather of George Washington and Thomas Nelson Jr.   

From there we will walk along the river and discuss the role of the French supply ships during the war, Lafayette's return in 1781, the Siege, the French occupation after the siege, the return of Lafayette in 1824, the arrival of the Hermonie in 2015 and the connection between France and Yorktown today. 

12:15pm Lunch in Yorktown (tbd)

1:15pm Museum Tour

J. Michael Moore will give us a private tour of the American Revolutionary Museum in Yorktown.  This tour will highlight France's role in the war and the museum will be pulling out Lafayette-related items currently in storage. Including an outdoor artillery demonstration (wow), the tour should last until 3pm. The museum closes at 5pm so everyone will have a chance to watch the introductory movie and explore the museum at their own pace.

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