In the Footsteps of History: Yorktown, VA

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton led the charge to capture Redoubt #10, one of the last British strongholds. Here’s what’s left of the earthen works.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton led the charge to capture Redoubt #10, one of the last British strongholds. Here’s what’s left of the earthen works.

I had a great time researching this article on Yorktown, VA, for Chesapeake Views magazine. Yorktown's new American Revolution Museum is state-of-the-art and particularly fun for family travel. Kids will appreciate all the hands-on and experiential exhibits, such as an immersive theater of the battle of Yorktown and holograms.

The museum also focuses on telling all sides of these pivotal stories -- not just the male, white gentry perspective.In that vein, nearby Jamestown just opened a must-see, relevant and inspiring exhibit, Tenacity, on women of three cultures -- the Anglo settlers, the indigenous tribes, and the African slaves -- in 17th century Virginia. This absorbing exhibit finally gives voice to these amazing women whose stories have been buried for centuries.