The York County Historical Committee is an advisory body to the York County Board of Supervisors that serves in order to document, celebrate, and perpetuate York County’s historical importance, and to keep alive the traditions which form the foundations of America’s heritage. The Historical Committee accomplishes this goal by sharing information about York County history with the community, and by organizing various community events.
PERPETUATING YORK COUNTY HISTORY
Free Public Historical Lectures at York Hall - 301 Main Street, Yorktown
Sunday, October 7th, 3:00 PM Topic: Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad Speaker: Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Norfolk State University Based on her 2017 book of the same title. Dr. Newby-Alexander describes the little-known story of the importance of the eastern seaboard waterways to the Underground Railroad. She challenges the assertion that the majority of the estimated 100,000 who escaped through the Underground Railroad did so on foot. The waterway network that carried trade goods also provided access for uncounted numbers of fugitives seeking freedom. Book sale/signing to follow.
Sunday, November 4th, 3:00 PM Topic: The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox Speaker: Dr. Phillip Hamilton, Christopher Newport University From his new book of the same title,Professor Hamilton describes the correspondence between General Henry Knox and his pregnant wife before and during the siege of Yorktown. General Knox played a prominent role in the final siege of Yorktown, and later went on to become the first Secretary of War. Dr. Hamilton tells the fascinating story of the Knoxes’ relationship amid the upheavals of war. Often separated, Henry and Lucy coped with dramatic changes within their household and family, including a total break between Lucy and her Tory family. Book sale/signing to follow.