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York County is composed of many tiny communities, offering a melting pot of residents and activities. Dare, Seaford, Grafton, Dandy, Lackey, Yorktown, Tabb, and the Bruton District are all part of the 108 square miles that form York County. York County is one of Virginia's original shires and was founded in 1634 as Charles River County. The county and Charles River were renamed York around 1643 in honor of England's Duke of York, who later became King James II.
With Revolutionary War battlefields, waterways for boating and fishing, and miles of scenic Colonial Parkway, York County lends itself to outdoor activities. A casual walk through historic Yorktown will find quaint shops, the Yorktown Monument, and antiquated homes that can be toured. One such house, the Moore House, is the site where the Articles of Confederation were drawn up.
During its 350-year history, the County of York has figured prominently in both the political and economic history of the Virginia Peninsula, the Commonwealth, and the Nation. The port of Yorktown, which remains the seat of government, was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution where on October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered his British Army to the combined American-French forces under Washington and Rochambeau.
Immerse yourself in 300 years of history and enjoy lodging in a hotel or bed and breakfast nestled among the village streets and paths or overlooking the York River. Here you can experience 18th century homes and revolutionary battlefields. Picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops. Visit the museums offering hands on programs and exhibits. Stroll along the scenic river walk and relax on the sandy beach at river's edge.
The County of York successfully blends contemporary living with the appreciation and preservation of a rich community heritage.