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.
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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Moore House Reviews
The staff at the visitor's recommended this; it's off the beaten path, so make sure you watch for the signs. A private home, with about five-six rooms re-enacted with period furniture. You'll stay... more »
If you do the driving tour of the Yorktown Battlefield, you will see that the Moor House is a stop. If it is open (check the hours at the visitor's center) go and check it out. It is where the... more »
Traveled the Revolutionary Historical Route in Yorktown. The Moore House was one of the stops along the way. I love history! Great fun!
The building was very interesting. There wasn't any type of brochures or printed information available at the sight. They surely need a new staff member to answer questions. The man was not at all hospitable that day!!!!
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