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Yorktown Victory Center

The Yorktown Victory Center Museum

The Yorktown Victory Center Museum is not connected with the Yorktown Battlefield National Park. It is a state operated museum that focuses primarily on the Revolutionary War and how ordinary citizens lived their lives, whether they were in the military or farmers left behind as the war dragged on.

The Museum can be daunting and requires a deep appreciation for 18th Century life and characters. After walking through the museum, visitors can then see re-enactors demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and grim war-time medical practices.

In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution.

Re-enactors at Yorktown demonstrate musket drills, colonial cooking and war-time medical practices. At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed chefs cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse. In the galleries, children can play in 18th-century clothes and participate in activities like making woodblock rubbings. Artifacts, including those from an excavated British ship, complete this comprehensive view of military life during the American Revolution.

The Yorktown Victory Center is a museum of the American Revolution that features a number of exhibits and outdoor living history experiences. The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, chronicles America's evolution from colonial status to nationhood through a unique blend of thematic exhibits and outdoor living history.

Road to Revolution Exhibit

they have a time line leading up to the war that's interesting.

Cannon Firing Demonstration

Experience life of a Revolutionary War soldier in a re-created Continental Army encampment. Historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of a company of soldiers during the last year of the war, and demonstrate military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies.

Explore the soldiers' tents, try on a military coat, and join in periodic wooden-musket drills. Visitors also may be recruited to join an artillery crew to learn the steps to prepare a cannon for firing.

Colonial Farm

The 1780s Virginia farm offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a typical rural lifestyle after independence was won and the new nation was taking shape. At the re-created site, which includes a dwelling, a separate kitchen, a tobacco barn and crop fields and a fenced garden, historical interpreters demonstrate the seasonal cycle of work that characterized lower- to middle-class farm life in southeastern Virginia.

Visitors can assist in weeding or watering the garden, comb cotton or "break" flax into fiber, and learn how herbs were used for cooking and medicinal purposes.

At a model 18th-century farm, you can help weed the garden, spin flax into thread and watch costumed interpreters cook in a colonial kitchen adjacent to the farmhouse.