Walking the narrow streets of Yorktown allows one to become immersed in the 300 years of history the town has to share. The natural beauty of the town and its history offer an opportunity for relaxation and for reflection upon the events that led to the creation of a great nation. The York River and the surrounding terrain have guaranteed Yorktown a prominent role in historic events. Yorktown is most remembered as the site where British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington, bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution. Today, Yorktown is a quaint and quiet village with many shops, museums, galleries, lodging and cruises. All of this only a 20 minute drive from Williamsburg.