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Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA

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Colonial National Historical Park

Learn about the past in this historical setting


Park Snapshot: Colonial National Historical Park

On May 13, 1607, Jamestown was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. Three cultures came together – European, Virginia Indian, and African – to create a new society that would eventually seek independence from Great Britain. Historic Jamestown is where the story of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas actually happened, and where the roots of American government first took hold. On October 19, 1781, American and French troops defeated the British at Yorktown in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Today at Yorktown Battlefield, visitors can still view some of the original earthworks constructed by George Washington’s troops. These two sites are linked together by the 23-mile long scenic Colonial Parkway, specifically designed to limit the impacts of the roadway on the surrounding landscape.

Colonial National Historic Park Wildlife

White-tailed deer graze along the edges of woodlands, bald eagles, and osprey feed their young in nests, and turtles cross the roadways. Salt marshes along the York River provide homes for fiddler crabs, while dragonflies and beavers are active around freshwater ponds. Over 200 species of birds, 40 of mammals, 90 of fish, and 50 of amphibians and reptiles, as well as hundreds of species of insects, live in the park, some all year and some seasonally.

Visitors will see abundant wildlife from the Jamestown Loop Trail and the Yorktown Battlefield Tour Roads. Overwintering seabirds and ducks bob in the York River, while winter egrets and herons fish in the freshwater marshes bordering the James River.

Park History & Culture

Native Americans have occupied North America for thousands of years, and archeological evidence indicates they utilized Jamestown over 10,000 years ago. The first Europeans to explore North America may have been the Vikings sometime between the 10th and 12th centuries.

In 1607, through a joint venture company known as the Virginia Company, England established her first permanent colony called Jamestown. It is from Jamestown, that, who and what we are as a people and as a nation, we trace our heritage of language, customs, and laws. The Pamunkey Indians were the largest tribe within the powerful Powhatan Chiefdom when the English arrived to settle Jamestown in 1607. Today, they are over 200 members strong and have 1,200 acres of reservation lands established through treaties signed with the English in 1646 and 1677. 

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Energizing Adventure with the National Parks Conservation Association

NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic staff and volunteers work tirelessly to protect this area’s historic, culturally rich, and naturally spectacular parks. They are currently fighting Dominion Virginia Power’s construction of 17 massive, obstructive electric transmission towers across the James River at Jamestown as well as 27 additional towers throughout the landscape. This plan would forever scar historic Jamestown, Colonial National Historical Park, the Captain John Smith Trail, and other beloved historic sites that tell our shared American story. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Office also released a report detailing the natural and human histories of two main feeder rivers for the Chesapeake Bay and how changes through the last three centuries in those rivers — the James in Virginia and the Patapsco in Maryland — have negatively influenced National Park Service (NPS) sites around the Bay and how restoration efforts in the Bay watershed will improve the park sites as well as the health of the entire Chesapeake landscape.

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