York County is truly a hybrid community — at the same time modern and steeped in American history.
Nestled along the York River and extending west to Williamsburg's doorstep, York comprises the easternmost corner of the Historic Triangle, which includes Williamsburg and Jamestown. York's major claim to fame is that it was the site of the British army's surrender that ended the Revolutionary War.
It's hard to escape that integral link to the war fought to secure independence for the American colonies, and proud locals like it that way.
The village of Yorktown sits nestled among the Colonial National Historical Park's battlefields, complete with cannons and earthen redoubts. The Yorktown Victory Center is nearby, as is the start of the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile ribbon of picturesque roadway that connects Yorktown to Williamsburg and Jamestown Island.
The costumed Fife and Drums of Yorktown performs at various events throughout the year. Group members can be seen most evenings on the march around Yorktown honing their skills.
The growing county boasts a population of more than 60,000 and, with miles of waterfront real estate, is considered one of the Peninsula area's most desirable localities.
Located on the waterfront — in the shadow of the Coleman Bridge — is Riverwalk Landing. The retail development boasts several restaurants, shops and a popular beach area. It's site of numerous warm weather festival-like events.
And don't forget Water Country USA — the popular water park in upper York never fails to be a pleaser for locals and tourists alike.
— Daily Press
York County Population: 61,140 Area: 106 square miles Founded: 1634 Median age: 36.5 Board of Supervisors chairman: Donald E. Wiggins, 890-2980, wiggins@york county.gov County website: www.yorkcounty.gov