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Coordinates: 37°16′25″N 76°42′31″W 37.273636000000003, -76.708607999999998

Cape Henry Memorial

  • Location & Contact Information
    • Address: Yorktown VA USA 23690
    • Telephone Number: +1-757-898-2410
    • Official Website: [1]
  • Overview

Cape Henry Memorial commemorates the first landfall at Cape Henry, in Jamestown settlement . After landing on April 26, 1607, they explored the area, named the cape, and set up a cross before proceeding up the James River . A stone cross, set up in 1935 by the Daughters of the American Colonists, stands in the quarter-acre site. The memorial marks the First Landing, the very beginning of what would become British North America and subsequently Anglo Canada and the United States of America.Memorial CrossThe Memorial also over looks the scene of the Battle of the Virginia Capes , in which the French navy prevented the British from reinforcing General Cornwallis, and led to the Franco-American victory at Yorktown . A statue of Admiral Comte de Grasse and a granite memorial honor those who fought in the battle.Cape Henry Memorial is within Fort Story Military Reservation , but is an isolated unit of Colonial National Historical Park. A national park passport stamp for the Memorial can be obtained at the adjacent Old Cape Henry Light (not formally part of the Memorial).[1]



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