Virginia Charm sells souvenirs for the tourists at the York Hall Building on Ballard and Main Street in Yorktown. So far, there are handmade clocks, cards, framed foil art prints and novelty boxes. Much of the artwork is tied to the famous “Yorktown Onion”.
“The Yorktown onion is not native to this country, but came from the Old World. The scientific name of both our plants and those of the Old World is Allium Ampeloprasum. Allium is Latin for garlic, while Alpeloprasum means “leek of the vineyard”.
Though the plant is always referred to as the Yorktown Onion here, there are several other common names. In print it has been called wild onion, giant wild garlic, and wild leek.
Our plant probably made its way to the New World, like many other plants, by accident. Legend has it that the seeds came here during the Revolutionary War mixed with crop seeds or fodder. Regardless of how it got here, it became firmly established as a wild plant in what is now York County.”