Social Geography of Yorktown

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Yorktown: Model of America’s Prestigious Southern Town

Three-hundred year old streets of cobblestone lined with gorgeous colonial homes, the oldest church in America filled with graves of prominent figures in history, sunsets over the beautiful and historic Yorktown River winding through town, plentiful cotton trees and dogwoods swaying in the sweet southern breeze, rolling battlefields filled with bunkers and cannons used by the Revolutionary and French armies: this is my home. I grew up in a tiny- but very historically significant- town in southeastern Virginia. Yorktown is an absolutely stunning piece of America’s past, frozen in time, setting fire to tourists’ imaginations of what life was like during the colonial period of America. Growing up, from kindergarten to my senior year of high school, I did not only learn about America’s history in boring textbooks: I was actually immersed in it, living in the past and the present. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have grown up in such an amazing and beautiful place, and because of this, my appreciation for history is significantly greater than many others my age.

Yorktown is 1 of 8 original shires formed in Virginia during the year 1642. It was named after, surprisingly enough, Yorkshire, England. In 1691 it became known as “York”, a town, rather than a small shire. It was founded as a port for shipping tobacco back to Europe; at the time, Virginia was famously known as the tobacco state. Everyone knows of the infamous tobacco plantations in Jamestown, which are only a ten-minute drive away. Yorktown is also famous because it was the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. General Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces in 1781 there in a gorgeous still standing home overlooking the river. Clearly enough, Yorktown is one of the oldest towns in the country, comprising the famous Historic Triangle of the United States (Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg). This historical...
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