Conservation: Historic Preservation
National Historical Park
began at Jamestown in 1607. It ended at Yorktown in 1781. One hundred
and seventy-four years of hope, adventure, discovery, settlement,
struggle, suffering, war, frustration, growth, development, that
saw the country expand from a lonely settlement of 105 people in
the small wilderness area on the banks of the James River into 13
colonies and 3 million people, of many races and beliefs, along
the Atlantic seaboard, all governed and controlled by the mother
country, England. It was an exciting chapter in British history,
in American history, in world history, that closed in the little
port town on the banks of the York River where it flows into Chesapeake
Bay on its way to the ocean."
the steps of colonial settlers and American patriots at Colonial
National Historical Park. Discover the sites of the first permanent
English settlement at Jamestown and the last battle of the American
Revolution at Yorktown -- literally the beginning and end of English
colonial America. Join the National Park Service rangers for interpretive
tours; drive the scenic Colonial Parkway and historic tour roads.
Walk the abandoned streets of Jamestown and visit the historic buildings
in Yorktown. Experience the sense of place, that formed the character
of a nation in the 17th and 18th centuries.