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Wormley Pond Dam

Photos 

Looking south across dam

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in November 2021

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BH Photo #519341

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Description 

This earth dam creates Wormley Pond which existed in 1781 when Augustine Moore operated a grist mill here. American troops marched over the dam regularly as they moved to and from the Siege line in the Battle of Yorktown. (From NPS sign at the site.)

In the Battle of Yorktown, George Washington's American troops defeated the British under General Charles Cornwallis, decisively securing the independence of the United States. 81 years later, the Civil War Siege of Yorktown happened near here, but this dam was not particularly involved.

Today it carries one-way Battlefield Tour Road. Park entrance fee required. Wormley Pond is also open to fishing.

Facts 

Overview
Dam on West Branch Wormley Creek carrying Historical Tour Road
Location
Yorktown, York County, Virginia
Status
Open to one-way southbound traffic; 5 ton load limit
History
Known to exist 1781. Played role in Battle of Yorktown.
Design
Earthen dam holding back Wormley Pond, carrying road
Dimensions
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.0 ft.
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Colonial National Historical Park Historic District
Also called
Wormley Creek Dam
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.21687, -76.49173   (decimal degrees)
37°13'01" N, 76°29'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/367645/4119973 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
11 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 96677 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2022: Updated by Roger Deschner: Corrected elevation 11' at top of dam. Base of dam is 0' (Sea Level).
  • February 14, 2022: Added by Roger Deschner

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