Yorktown Battlefield has free entry while Visitor Center is closed

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

The Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center is closing Thursday for building upgrades, and the Colonial National Historical Park is offering free admission to the battlefield site during the renovation period.

“We will be taking care of some long needed upgrades to the interior, which will improve visitor enjoyment,” park superintendent Kym Hall said in a news release.

Entrance fees collected from visitors in 2016 are helping fund the process. The center is expected to remain closed for several weeks.

During the closure, the Somerwell House at 401 Main St. will serve as a temporary visitor center. Park rangers will continue to offer programs such as town tours and battlefield walks from the interim location.

Parking will be available in the Church Street parking lot across from the Somerwell House or at the parking lot behind nearby York Hall, 301 Main St.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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