Henry Howe, Historical Collections of Virginia… (Charleston, SC: William R. Babcock, 1852), 519-520.
Yorktown, the seat of justice, is on York River, 11 miles from its mouth, 33 from Norfolk, and 70 from Richmond. It was established by law in 1705, and was once a nourishing village, and had considerable commerce. There are now only about 40 dwellings, many of which are dilapidated and fast going to decay. The Swan tavern, in this town, is said to be the oldest in Virginia.
The water scenery at York is fine. The river, full a mile wide, is seen stretching far away until it merges into Chesapeake Bay — an object of beauty when rolling in the morning light, its ripples sparkling in the sun, or when its broad bosom is tinged with the cloud-reflected hues of an autumnal sunset.