Sunday, November 3, 2013

Riverwalk Yorktown, VA

It's the end of Daylight Savings Time and we had an extra hour to kill today--so we went to Yorktown to walk on the Riverwalk.  This is a mile long walk along the York River from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center. We parked across the street from the Waterman's Museum and the bright windmill.
The windmill project was started in 2008 to reconstruct William Buckner's Mill in Yorktown. It was assembled and the sails installed in the fall of 2011.
The path is made of brick pavers--very easy to walk on.
The path is right along the York River. I believe sand was blowing in Sammy's eyes because it was a very blustery day!

Such a pretty place to walk!
At the top of the hill close to the battlefield is a redoubt.
We turned around at the top of the hill and walked back down into Yorktown. From the path there is a great view of the Coleman Bridge into Gloucester.
The bridge was widened and reconstructed in 1995. The roadways are almost 90 feet above the river at the highest point of the bridge. The bridge is the largest double-swing-span bridge in the United States, and second largest in the world.
Docked at the pier was the Schooner Alliance, a 105 foot gaff rigged schooner. They were offering a day sail at 2pm--but dogs weren't allowed aboard!
Two of the most significant Revolutionary War leaders at Yorktown were General George Washington in command of the Allied ground forces and Admiral Francois de Grasse in command of the French fleet controlling the nearby waters. Their roles were closely linked but they only met twice. Both meetings were held on de Grasse's flagship, Ville de Paris. The first was on September 20 to complete planning for the attack on Yorktown and the other was on October 21 to explore future operations in the south. Sculpted by Oyd Player of Yorktown, VA.

Wish you were here,
Sammy & PG

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