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York County, named for the ancient city of York in Yorkshire, Northern England, was founded in 1691 as a port for shipping tobacco to Europe. The lawyer Thomas Ballard was the principal founder of the city along with Joseph Ring. It was called “York” until after the American Revolutionary War, when the name “York County” came into common use.
The town reached the height of its success around 1750 when it had 250 to 300 buildings and a population of almost 2,000 people. It was the base of British General Charles Cornwallis during the 1781 siege, which was the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Today, York County is part of an important national resource known as the Historic Triangle of York County, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and is the eastern terminus of the Colonial Parkway. York County is also the eastern terminus of the TransAmerica Trail, a bicycle touring route created by the Adventure Cycling Association.
Many military installations are located in the area around York County : Naval Weapons Station York County serves as the point at which United States Navy vessels load and unload ordnance. There have been reports of nuclear weapons stored there. Cheatham Annex, a facility which includes the former town of Penniman, is also included as part of the base, which replaced the original mine depot.
Also close to York County are Camp Peary (in York County), the expansive Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding yards and facilities, and Fort Eustis Army base (both in Newport News) as well as Naval Station Norfolk at Norfolk and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton.