The Moore House is a historic building located within Colonial National Historical Park, in York County, Virginia. During the American Revolutionary War, it was the site of negotiations for British General Charles Cornwallis's surrender at the Siege of Yorktown.Make Moore House part of your personalized Yorktown itinerary using our Yorktown day trip planner .
The house was erected around 1725 on a 500 acre parcel of land called Temple Farm which also included a dam and grist mill.
The land was originally granted to the Crown Governor of Virginia, John Harvey in the 1630s and was known as the York Plantation at this time. Lawrence Smith II later built the Moore House on Temple Farm and the home stayed within the family until 1754 when his son, Robert, sold it to his brother-in-law Augustine Moore to avoid financial woes. Augustine and his family fled to Richmond to avoid the Siege of Yorktown.
Siege of YorktownGeneral Cornwallis requested a cease fire on October 17, 1781, and selected the house as the site for surrender negotiations, likely due to its neutral and convenient location. Washington's and Cornwallis's representatives met at the house the following day, where they negotiated Articles of Capitulation. A rough draft was delivered to Washington's headquarters that night, where he made minor changes. The revised articles were agreed to and signed on October 19.
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This is a house where British Army officials on paper sign capitulation in 1781..... since this siege it never got back fully on third feet and with a year British withdrew from the US soil.US is no l... more »
This is a definite "Room where it happened". Just imagining the, from all accounts, arrogant British officers trying to save face with the Upstart Americans, and imagining a Standing room only meeting... more »
Have not been inside but walked around and love the vibe of this area of Yorktown from its history.
Great historical place especially by the beach
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