Annual Conference 2018
Rob Shenk / American Battlefield Trust

Historic Yorktown Opening Event

Annual Conference: May 30–June 3, 2018

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Join us for the conference welcome event in historic Yorktown, Wednesday, May 30th. Shuttles provided, complimentary tickets to museums, living history presentations and more.

Historic Yorktown  

All day – 8:00 pm: The Yorktown Trolley will run until 8:00 pm. There are stops throughout town, including the museums. You’ll be provided a map showing the stops when you get on the bus to Yorktown.

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Shuttles depart from Newport News Marriott to Yorktown.
Shuttle stops to include: National Park Service Visitor Center and Museum, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and The Watermen’s Museum

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Attendees can tour the NPS Visitor Center and the American Revolution Museum and The Watermen’s Museum during this time.

1:30 pm – 6:30 pm: War of 1812 living history presentations at The Watermen’s Museum. The museum preserves the heritage of the Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and includes exhibits from the 1600’s to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and modern times.

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm: York County Historical Museum in York Hall open: View a variety of exhibits that tell the rich and varied stories of York County’s unique history, from prehistoric times to present day. The museum recounts stories of both the battlefield and home front during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, U.S. Civil War, and World Wars I and II.

1:30 pm – 6:00 pm: The Gallery at York Hall open. “The gift shop features paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, quilts and other pieces from more than 300 local artists.”

1:30 pm – 7:00 pm: York Hall restrooms open

1:30 pm – 7:00 pm: On the Hill Gallery: This gallery is operated by the nonprofit Yorktown Arts Foundation. There are works from local and regional artists including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and more.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Roving musicians on Main Street: Hudson and Clark

1:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Museum on Main open. This museum is an extension of the York County Historical Museum in York Hall. This building offers art, maps, and photography exhibits from Civil War-era York County, and will have private collection pieces out for display for this evening only.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Grace Episcopal Church open for tours: “The original church building was built on the current site in 1697. The original building survived the Revolutionary War but burned in the Yorktown fire of 1814 leaving only the marl walls standing. It was rebuilt in 1848, but again suffered severe damage during the Civil War. Renovation in the 1920's created the building you see today.”

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: The Custom House open for tours: The Custom House is owned and operated by the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Built in the 1720’s, The Custom House was used by first by British troops, then by French troops during the Revolutionary War. In 1862 it was used by General J.B. Magruder as his headquarters while his troops were in Yorktown during the Civil War.  The building was later used as a doctor’s office, a school for African- American children, a general store, a bank, a barber shop and a home for military personnel pressed into service WWI. In 1922 the building was purchased and preserved by the Comte de Grasse Chapter of DAR.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Living Historians will be stationed at these NPS sites: The Nelson House (Revolutionary War presentation), The Dudley Digges House (Civil War presentation), and Somerwell House (Civil War Medical presentation)

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Civil War Yorktown Walking Tour with J. Michael Moore.

5:00 pm – 5:20 pm: Fife and Drum Corps NPS performance on Main Street, across from York Hall

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm: Revolutionary War Yorktown Walking Tour with J. Michael Moore.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Roving musicians: Hudson and Clark, rotating between the Performance Stage and The Watermen’s Museum

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Dinner Options (Be sure to purchase tickets in advance here)

  • BBQ Buffet from The Carrot Tree at the Performance Stage and Green. No alcohol will be served.
  • Seafood or German Food at The Watermen’s Museum. Beer and Wine will also be available for purchase.
  • There are also many restaurants in historic Yorktown where you can choose to dine.

6:15 – 7:00: pm Civil War Yorktown Walking Tour with J. Michael Moore.

7:00 pm: All living history presentations on Main Street close down at this time

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Shuttles from Yorktown to Newport News Marriott

Bus Shuttles will only pick up from the Waterman’s Museum


A few additional notes:

  • We encourage attendees to visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the NPS Visitor Center Museum Programs between 1:30 and 5:00 pm.
  • Living history programs will take place on Main Street from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Dinner will be available between 5:30 and 7:30 pm on Water Street at either The Watermen’s Museum or near the Performance Stage.
  • There will be music and a cash beer and wine bar open at The Watermen’s Museum until 8 pm.
  • There are plenty of other food and drink establishments available in historic Yorktown that we also encourage you to visit.
  • We will provide you with additional information on what hours the shops and restaurants in town will be open when you board the shuttle bus to Yorktown.