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YORKTOWN BATTLEFIELD                    757-898-2410  
Fax: 757-898-6346                                   www.nps.gov/colo
P. O. Box 210, Yorktown, VA  23690      
End of Colonial Parkway, follow signs to Visitor Center.  (Exit 242 off I-64) 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Yorktown Battlefield is site of the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. A visit begins at the National Park Service Visitor Center, where a 16-minute film, "Siege at Yorktown," and a museum of artifacts from the battle, including George Washington's field tent, provide orientation and background to the climactic Siege of Yorktown.

The National Park Service areas include the field where Cornwallis's surrender took place, the encampment areas, much of the town, and the surrounding siege lines. Guided and self-guided tours include the siege lines, the Moore House, Surrender Field and the Town of York. The Monument to Victory and Alliance, the Nelson House and many other historic sites are located within the town. An audio tour is available in the museum store for a self-guided driving tour of the battlefield.

PARKING:  5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Walking trail of dirt/crushed stone path and paved path to monuments/town.  The paths do have steep grades requiring assistance for persons in wheelchairs.  Paths are 300 yards long. 

ENTRANCE:  Located to right of parking lot.  Handrails on left.  Curb cuts.  Automatic doors. 

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Located to right from front entrance of Visitor Center lobby.  Doors are 35 in. wide, and open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 29 in. wide doors opening out and handrails.  12 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height is 32 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.

Accessible public restrooms at Church Street.(Church Street restrooms open April 1-October 31, 2014).

SPECIAL SERVICES:

Interpretive programs are offered throughout the year, and our Park Rangers make every effort to accommodate all visitors at these presentations.

For guests with hearing disabilities, the Visitor Center's 16-minute orientation film has open captions and an Assistive Listening Device (ALD). The John Whitney audio narration, and the Battlefield Orientation Map also have an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) available upon request.

Written texts are available of the film script, the Surrender Field narration, the John Whitney Exhibit and the audio CD of the Battlefield Driving Tour.

American Sign Language interpretation may be available by request. Please contact the park at least 14 days prior to your visit. Your request should be made in writing.

Currently the park has no amplifications system or assistive listening system for Ranger-led or living history tours.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are several audio cassettes throughout center; audio tape able to be rented for battlefield tour.  The John Whitney Exhibit has audio narration. Signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface.   

For guests with mobility disabilities, all interior areas of Yorktown Visitor Center are accessible with two exceptions: the John Whitney Exhibit, which is accessible by a stairway, and the ship exhibit which does not accomodate oversized wheelchairs. The John Whitney Exhibit has audio narration, and a text of the narration is available upon request.

Wheelchairs are available at the visitor center on a first come first serve basis free of charge. Borrowed wheelchairs should be returned to the Visitor Center 30 minutes prior to closing.

The immediate area of the battlefield outside the Visitor Center has dirt walking trails with some steep inclines that may require assistance. However, interpretive programs conducted by the staff use accessible areas.

Yorktown Battlefield has two auto tours for use by private vehicle. The Battlefield Tour is 7 miles, whereas the Allied Encampment Tour is 9 miles. The auto driving tour portion of the battlefield has designated stops that have walkways. Some of the walkways have inclines and may require assistance.

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GIFT SHOP:  Aisles 26-46 in. wide.  Counters 37 in. high.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

STAFF TRAINING:  All permanent employees are trained to serve guests in wheelchairs and guests with mobility, visual or hearing disabilities.  Training once a year, 2 hours each session.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Hours of operation:  9-5 with extended hours in summer.  Closed Christmas Day.  $7 ages 16 and over, under 15 free.  Golden Access Passport, a free lifetime pass to all National Parks, is available to visitors with permanent disabilities.

The Moore House, Nelson House, and Cemetery Lodge historic structures are only accessible by steps. An informational brochure is available upon request at the visitor center or at the Nelson or Moore houses. Yorktown's streets are paved, but there are few sidewalks. Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic, April through October.

 

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