See where American independence was won at the Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service as part of the Colonial National Historical Park. Here on October 19, 1781, British forces under Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French armies led by General George Washington, concluding the battle that signaled the beginning of the end of the fight for American independence. Start at the Visitor Center and see the orientation film and museum exhibits, including the field tents used by General Washington during the battle. Join a Park Ranger for a guided walking tour of the battlefield and 18th-century town. Drive through the battlefield and see the numerous fortifications and cannons; the Moore House, scene of surrender negotiations; and Surrender Field, among other sites. Stroll through the historic town and view the many historic sites in the Yorktown, including the Nelson House, home to Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and the Yorktown Victory Monument. Hours: Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Extended seasonal hours. Admission: $10 per adult, under age 16 admitted free. Includes admission to Historic Jamestowne for 7 consecutive days from date of purchase.