Yorktown, Virginia: Cornwallis' Cave

Dug into a cliff, barred by a gate, supposedly sheltered the cowardly British general Corwallis during the patriot bombardment of Yorktown in 1781. Unlike most caves, it's right next to a street and has informative outdoor signage.

Address:
624 Water St., Yorktown, VA
Directions:
From US Hwy 17, turn west just south of the bridge onto Mathews St. Drive until it dead-ends at the stop sign, then turn right. Drive under the bridge. Make second right onto Ballard St. Drive to the top of the hill. At the stop sign, turn left onto Main St. Drive several blocks. Just past the white house with the white picket fence on the left, turn left onto tiny Comte De Grasse St. Drive to the bottom of the hill. Turn left onto Water St. In a half-block you'll see, on the left, the tiny parking lot for the cave.
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Cornwallis' Cave.

Cornwallis' Cave

Located on Water Street in downtown Yorktown, legend has it that this is where British General Cornwallis hid during the Siege of Yorktown. While this has been debunked, the natural cave was used for ammunition storage during the Civil War. The interior of the cave has been gated so visitors cannot enter the cave.

[Nancy Sheppard, 09/18/2017]

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