NWS Yorktown FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 23691, Area Code: 757, DSN: 953

In the summer of 1781, the British commander, Lord Cornwallis, led his army to the peninsula at Yorktown, and awaited reinforcements from the Royal fleet. Meanwhile, French Admiral Count de Grassed sailed his ships to Chesapeake Bay and formed a blockade to aid the American troops. As a result, the Siege of Yorktown cost the British control of Chesapeake Bay and helped them realize they could not win the war against the rebellious colonists.

Occupying the same ground lost by the Redcoats, near Hampton Roads, the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station is one of the Navy's major East Coast ordnance facilities. The base stores, maintains and loads bombs, missiles and other ordnances for the Atlantic Fleet. The Weapons Station, one of many Navy installations in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, has been regionalized under Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Near the Weapons Station are the Army's Fort Eustis and Fort Monroe, the Air Force's Langley AFB and the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center at Yorktown.

Children living in government quarters outside the perimeter fencing of the Weapons Station may attend Newport News City Schools or York County Schools, depending on their desires. However, children living inside the perimeter fencing must attend York County Schools.

The Hampton Roads area offers several beaches and parks as well as boat docks. Golf courses, both military and civilian, abound. The Busch Gardens Amusement Park is three miles east of Williamsburg, Va. History buffs will enjoy a tour of Colonial Williamsburg.