Living Here: York County

York County

Nestled along the York River and extending west to Williamsburg's doorstep, York County 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 among the Colonial National Historical Park's battlefields, complete with cannons and earthen redoubts. The nearby Yorktown Victory Center — which is open, but undergoing construction of a new museum — is the start of the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile ribbon of picturesque roadway that connects Yorktown to Williamsburg and Jamestown Island.

The costumed Fifes and Drums of York Town perform 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 66,000 and, with miles of waterfront real estate and top-ranked schools, is considered one of the Peninsula area's most desirable localities.

Other than its historical sites, Yorktown's major draw is Riverwalk Landing. The retail development boasts several restaurants, shops and a popular beach area. It's the site of numerous warm-weather festivals.

And don't forget Water Country USA — the water park in upper York never fails to be a pleaser for locals and tourists alike. A new ride, the Colossal Curl, opens Memorial Day.

York County

Population: 66,269

Area: 105 square miles

Founded: 1634

Median age: 39.6

Median household income: $82,454

Board of Supervisors chairman: Donald Wiggins, chairman, 757-890-3330,

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