The York County Historical Committee is an advisory body to the York County Board of Supervisors that serves in order to document, celebrate, and perpetuate York County’s historical importance, and to keep alive the traditions which form the foundations of America’s heritage.   The Historical Committee accomplishes this goal by sharing information about  York County history with the community,  and by organizing various community events.


  • Free Public Historical Lectures at York Hall - 301 Main Street, Yorktown

    • Sunday, September 9th, 3:00 PM 
           Topic:    “The First Day of the Rest of My Life” 
           Speaker:  William “Bill” Townsley, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.)
      Highly-decorated Air Force officer, speaker and Yorktown resident, Colonel Townsley will discuss his harrowing story of being shot down and rescued in 1969 during the Vietnam War. Having survived the crash of his aircraft in enemy territory, he had to use all of his survival skills to evade enemy soldiers searching for him before finally being rescued. Townsley’s experience has been covered on the History Channel as well as in many print and online publications.
      (Col. Townsley replaces the originally scheduled speaker, Bucky Burruss.)
    • Sunday, October 7th, 3:00 PM 
           Topic:  Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad
           Speaker: Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Norfolk State University 
      Based on her 2017 book of the same title. Dr. Newby-Alexander describes the little-known story of the importance of the eastern seaboard waterways to the Underground Railroad. She challenges the assertion that the majority of the estimated 100,000 who escaped through the Underground Railroad did so on foot. The waterway network that carried trade goods also provided access for uncounted numbers of fugitives seeking freedom.  Book sale/signing to follow.

    • Sunday, November 4th, 3:00 PM 
           Topic:  The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox
           Speaker:  Dr. Phillip Hamilton, Christopher Newport University
      From his new book of the same title, Professor Hamilton describes the correspondence between General Henry Knox and his pregnant wife before and during the siege of Yorktown. General Knox played a prominent role in the final siege of Yorktown, and later went on to become the first Secretary of War. Dr. Hamilton tells the fascinating story of the Knoxes’ relationship amid the upheavals of war. Often separated, Henry and Lucy coped with dramatic changes within their household and family, including a total break between Lucy and her Tory family. Book sale/signing to follow.

Mailing Address:
   PO Box 262
   Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: 757-890-3500
TDD: 757-890-3621