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Little York Confectionery Opens In Historic Yorktown

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YORK- Craving something sweet while visiting Historic Yorktown? Then stop into the newly opened Little York Confectionery on Main Street.

Located in the Somerwell House next to Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters and Petite Café, the new business serves ice cream with a variety of toppings, nostalgic candy such as old fashion lollipops, black licorice and Cow tails, house made chocolates, and other confections.

The co-owner of Mobjack Bay Coffee, Celeste Gucanac, who runs both businesses with her husband, said the candy shop has been two years in the making.

“You can have your lunch at Mobjack Bay and then walk next door to have ice cream for dessert,” she said. “The outdoor picnic table area is between the two establishments.”

In addition, the popular coffee, roasted on site, and an espresso bar, will be served in both places.

“Preserving another National Park original Historic building. We are proud to be continuing our mission to create unique destinations for locals and visitors in the heart of Yorktown,” Gucanac wrote in a Facebook post announcing her latest venture.

Somerwell House is one of a handful of homes that survived the American Revolution. While the exact details of its construction are not known, it is named for Mungo Somerwell, a ferryman who owned the property around the early 1700s. It was later owned by Philip Lightfoot, who may have constructed the house. The Somerwell House survived the Siege of 1781. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War and a hotel soon afterward. The National Park Service purchased it in the 1930s and restored it.

It is one of 12 historic buildings in Historic Yorktown, including Dudley Digges House, Ballad House, Edmund Smith House, Nelson House, Archer House, Pate House, Customhouse, Grace Church, Medical Shop, and Swan Tavern Group. The Sessions House is considered to be the oldest building in Yorktown.

“There are different chapters in these places. This is the next chapter,” Gucanac said.

Little York Confectionery opened May 7 at 401 Main St. The store is currently open on weekends: Fridays from 1pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 11am to 8pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. For more details on the new establishment, visit Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters Facebook page or website.

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