The Yorktown Victory Monument

The Yorktown Victory Monument

Maria G. Hepner


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In October 1781, American independence was achieved on the battlefields of Yorktown, Virginia--a glorious event that the Continental Congress determined was worthy of a monument. Moving at the speed of government, it took one hundred years to act on this resolution. In that time, Yorktown had to come to terms with its role as a site of preservation rather than a center of industry or commerce. The story of the development and preservation of The Monument to Alliance and Victory at Yorktown is a tangle of government, military, artists, historians and forces of nature. Local author Maria Hepner explores the story of this monument and the town that surrounds it.


Maria G. Hepner:
Maria Hepner is a raconteur whose ties to the history of York County, Virginia, reach back fourteen generations. The lifetimes of family oral history and the benefit of being a native of an area that is the genesis of colonial and Revolutionary War history aided her research into long-overlooked legends and stories. Miss Hepner spent more than fourteen years associated with Colonial National Historical Park, being employed in the Visitor Center Museum Shop and serving as a seasonal park guide and volunteer.