Mission: Founded in 1994, the Yorktown Foundation is part of a comprehensive plan to stabilize the historic sites and ambience in and around Yorktown, Virginia. Yorktown was settled in 1630 and chartered in 1691. America's independence was secured through the decisive 1781 Battle of Yorktown. Numerous 18th century structures and the battlefield survived the test of time. The absence of planning, management and funding endangered this extraordinary historic legacy. The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Yorktown's historic legacy.