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Hampton Roads Living ............... 6 Getting Around ................................ 8 Street Smart ..................................... 12 Community Guide ........................ 13 Claim to Fame ............................... 22 Carriers & Military ...................... 26 Festivals ............................................ 29 Attractions ....................................... 32 History .............................................. 35 Hiking ............................................... 37 Elected Officials ............................ 39 Higher Education ....................... 40 Science & Research .................... 42 Health ............................................... 44 Nature Parks .................................. 46 Beaches ............................................ 50 Fishing .............................................. 52 Great Outdoors ............................. 55 Dining ................................................ 57 Museums & Galleries ................. 58 Performing Arts ............................. 61 Shopping ......................................... 64

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ampton Roads is a funny place. Interstate 64 East goes south — and then west. Things aren’t said the way they’re spelled: Gloucester, Norfolk, Portsmouth. A rain-snow mix is enough to throw the area into chaos. There’s a funny email that has circulated around Hampton Roads for the past few years, sort of a take on “You know you’re a redneck if ...” The joke starts, “You know you live in ‘The 757’ when ...” After publishing some of them, we heard from someone who says he originated the idea. Ben Kennedy first compiled the jokes with help from his friends on his band’s website several years ago. Shortly after that, he wrote it up with a friend for a cover piece in The Virginian-Pilot. Here are some of those jokes, and others suggested by area readers:


time of day, whether you need to take the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the Monitor-Merrimac or the James River Bridge to get from here to there. 22. You know where Gen. Douglas MacArthur is buried. 23. You remember when Mercury Boulevard had service lanes that were separate from the rest of Mercury. 24. You know that the Great Dismal Swamp isn’t all that dismal. 25. You can tell when a Navy ship comes home by how crowded the stores are. 26. As a kid, you knew field trips involved traveling to Jamestown, Williamsburg or the Virginia Air & Space Center. 27. You don’t just know Interstate 64 — you also know 264, 464, 664 and for good measure, the Route 164 Western Freeway.

You know you live in “The 757” when: 1. You are used to seeing your hometown or a neighboring city mentioned in U.S. history textbooks.

28. You know which rock band refers to the Hampton Coliseum as its Mothership. 29. When everyone in the South says “y’all” and you say “all y’all.”

2. You know Mount Trashmore is a real place. 3. Any eastbound trip you’ve ever made involves at least one tunnel.

30. You know the Power Plant is a shopping center in Hampton, not a facility for the generation of power.

4. You know every joke that University of Virginia grads tell about Virginia Tech grads.

31. You know all the lyrics to “Switzerland” by The Last Bison. 32. You know your Tappahannock from your Rappahannock.

5. You know every joke that Virginia Tech grads tell about University of Virginia grads, too.

33. You’re not surprised that George Washington Memorial Highway, J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Route 17 are all the same road.

6. You don’t stop and look skyward when military aircraft fly over. 7. You feel Bobby “Blackhat” Walters’ pain when he sings “HRBT Blues.”

34. You know the difference between a drawbridge (such as the JRB) and a swing bridge (such as the Coleman).

8. You’ve seen The Lady in White on the grounds of Fort Monroe. For real. 9. You can leave town for years and return to find the same roads still under construction.

35. The Civil War and Revolutionary War both passed through your front yard or backyard.

10. An inch of snow closes everything down. Three inches is a blizzard.

36. You can imitate all the dance moves of the singers from The Fuzz Band.

11. You know Newport News is not the name of a newspaper.

37. You instantly recognize that one vendor who sells beer and other refreshments at every sporting event on the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads. (Tip him well. The man works hard.)

12. It’s not a peninsula; it’s the Peninsula — with a capital P. 13. You know that Pharrell’s “Happy” should be declared the official state song of Virginia. 14. You can point to the exact spot where the severed head of the pirate Blackbeard was displayed. 15. You’ve seen Pat Robertson in a Farm Fresh.



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Visitors to the College of William and Mary campus in Williamsburg stand in front of the statue of Lord Botetourt during heavy snowfall in January. See item No. 10 in this list.

16. You don’t think twice when the customer behind you at the gas station is in military fatigues. 17. You know that it all started here. 18. You know you’ll get five different directions from five different people on how to get to downtown Norfolk.

19. You make note of which bands are playing the Downtown Hampton Block Party each summer, and circle the dates that you don’t want to miss. 20. You have experienced all four seasons within a 24-hour period. 21. You know, based on day of the week and

38. You know what’s wrong with the statue of Christopher Newport. (Hint: It has the wrong number of arms.) 39. You’ve seen The Fat Doctor perform at Cozzy’s Comedy Club. 40. You know where to find the gun turret from the USS Monitor (and you can explain its significance in the history of naval warfare).




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A look at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The HRBT can be a quick, scenic trip from Hampton to Norfolk, but during commute hours and summer, it can be maddeningly slow.


ransportation and traffic are perennial topics in Hampton Roads, a region laced with interstates and highways and dependent on a range of water crossings, from bridge-tunnels to drawbridges to ferries. The area also has two airports, rail transport and transit systems that include buses, a light-rail in Norfolk and ferries.

Roads, bridges and tunnels The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains the region’s highways, bridges and tunnels. To monitor traffic, visit VDOT’s interactive website, call 511 or



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use the free VDOT 511 mobile app, which is available through app stores. Interstate 64 is the Peninsula’s main traffic vein and sections clog quickly during morning and afternoon commutes, and in summer when visitors head to vacation destinations. The greatest bottlenecks occur where the interstate narrows just north of the Jefferson Avenue exit and at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, known as the HRBT, can be a quick, scenic trip from Hampton to Norfolk, but during commute hours and summer, it can be maddeningly slow. Electronic signs along I-64 alert drivers to delays and backups,

suggesting alternate routes. The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, on Interstate 664, can add about a 7-mile drive from the Peninsula to South Hampton Roads but it’s usually smoother and less congested than the HRBT. Electronic signs on the interstates provide updates on congestion and travel times. The James River Bridge connects the Peninsula and Isle of Wight County. The 4.5-mile lift-span bridge gets congested when there are traffic crashes or scheduled bridge lifts. See AROUND/Page 9

Online resources To monitor traffic, visit VDOT’s, call 511 or use the free VDOT 511 mobile app available through app stores. Follow the Daily Press at and for the latest in traffic news. For more about Hampton Roads Transit, the region’s bus service, visit Want to know more? Visit us at


Around Continued from 8 The Coleman Bridge, a toll crossing, connects York and Gloucester counties via Route 17. Northbound drivers must pay $2 to cross the bridge. The bridge has toll booths and E-ZPass transponder lanes. Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue are the spines of Newport News, separated by train tracks. When I-64 is a mess, they provide alternate north-south routes. U.S. Highway 17/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard/George Washington Memorial Highway is the commercial and commuter link from Isle of Wight County through Newport News to York and Gloucester counties. Mercury Boulevard, or U.S. Highway 258, connects a large swath of the region before ending at the gates of Fort Monroe in Hampton. The roadway connects many key communities on the Peninsula, including

Smithfield, Newport News and Hampton. Route 134 is known as Magruder Boulevardin Hampton before turning into Hampton Highway at the York County line. This highway links suburban York County, NASA Langley, Langley Speedway and a number of companies in Hampton Roads Centre to I-64 to the south and U.S. 17 to the north. U.S. Highway 460 runs west of the James River and is a nice alternative to Interstate 64 if you’re headed for Richmond and beyond. The Downtown and Midtown tunnels cross the Elizabeth River, connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, and tolls are charged on both. There are no toll booths. Tolls are collected via E-ZPass transponder or by invoices mailed to drivers. For more information, visit the Elizabeth River Crossings website at

Airports Two airports serve the region: Newport News-Williamsburg International along Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, and Norfolk International, off Norview Avenue

Hampton Roads Transit is the regional bus service and includes paratransit service. in Norfolk. The Newport News airport, with two concourses, is served by American Airlines and Delta airlines. Norfolk also has two concourses and is served by American, Delta, Southwest and United airlines. For more information, visit the airport websites at and norfolkairport .com.

Amtrak Amtrak has stations in Newport News, Norfolk and Williamsburg. The stations are located at 9304 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News, 468 N. Boundary St. in Williamsburg and 280 Park Ave. in Norfolk. Routes connect the Peninsula with Richmond, Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. For more information call 800-872-7245 or visit or the mobile site at m.amtrak-

.com. Amtrak also has a free smartphone app available via app stores.

Buses, light rail, ferries Hampton Roads Transit is the regional bus service and includes paratransit service as well. The agency can be reached at 757-222-6100,, and on Facebook and Twitter. Peninsula fares are $1.75. The system includes Max express buses from the Peninsula to the cities in South Hampton Roads, with $3.50 fares and free Wi-Fi. Three passenger ferries operate between Norfolk and Portsmouth, with $1.75 fares. The Tide light-rail system in Norfolk extends 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center to Newtown Road. Visit The fare is $1.75. The free Jamestown-Scotland Ferry connects James City and Surry counties. 800823-3779. Greyhound ( has bus terminals in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Williamsburg.

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The James River Bridge connects the 4 Peninsula and Isle of Wight County. The 4.5-mile lift-span bridge gets congested when there are traffic crashes or scheduled bridge lifts. The Coleman Bridge, a toll crossing, 5 connects York and Gloucester counties via Route 17. Northbound drivers must pay $2 to cross the bridge. The bridge has toll booths and E-Z Pass transponder lanes. Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson 6 Avenue are the spines of Newport News, separated by train tracks. When I-64 is a mess, they provide alternate north-south routes. U.S. Highway 17/J. Clyde Morris

7 Boulevard/George Washington

Memorial Highway is the commercial and commuter link from Isle of Wight County through Newport News to York and Gloucester counties.



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James River

The Tide light rail system in Norfolk extends 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center to Newtown Road. The fare is $1.75.




The free Jamestown-Scotland Ferry connects James City and Surry counties. 800-823-3779.



trip from Hampton to Norfolk, but during commute hours and summer, it can be maddeningly slow. Electronic signs along I-64 alert drivers to delays and back-ups, suggesting alternate routes.

about a 7-mile drive from the Peninsula to South Hampton Roads, but it’s usually smoother and less congested than the HRBT. Electronic signs on the interstates provide updates on congestion and travel times.




Hampton Roads Transit is the regional bus service and includes paratransit service as well. The agency can be reached at 757-222-6100., and on Facebook and Twitter. Peninsula fares are $1.75. The system includes Max express buses from the Peninsula to the South Side cities, with $3.50 fares and free wifi.

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The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel,

The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial

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2 known as the HRBT, can be a quick, scenic

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morning and afternoon commutes, and in summer when visitors head to vacation destinations. The greatest bottlenecks occur where the interstate narrows just north of the Jefferson Avenue exit and at the Hampton-Roads Bridge Tunnel.



Interstate 64 is the Peninsula’s main

1 traffic vein and sections clog quickly during

Amtrak has stations in Newport News, Norfolk and Williamsburg. The stations are located at 9304 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News, 468 N. Boundary St. in Williamsburg and 280 Park Ave. in Norfolk. For more information: 800-872-7245, or the mobile site: Amtrak also has a free smart phone app available via app stores.



Transportation and traffic are perennial topics in Hampton Roads, a region laced with interstates and highways and dependent on a range of water crossings, from bridge-tunnels to drawbridges to ferries. The area also has two airports, rail transport and transit systems that include buses, a light-rail in Norfolk and ferries.


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U.S. Highway 460 runs west of the James

10 River and is a nice alternative to Interstate 64 if you're headed for Richmond and beyond. The Downtown and Midtown tunnels

11 cross the Elizabeth River, connecting

Norfolk and Portsmouth, and tolls are charged on both. There are no toll booths. Tolls are collected via E-Z Pass transponder or by invoices mailed to drivers. For more information, see the Elizabeth River Crossings website:

Helpful information – Virginia Department of Transportation website. – Visit this site to sign up and drive right through toll booths throughout the state. 511 – A toll-free call to this number will get you information on road conditions.

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he Virginia Department of Transportation offers a smartphone app with updated information about traffic on the state’s interstates and highways. The free app is available through app stores or at The region’s transit system, Hampton Roads Transit, is developing an app and hopes to launch it soon. HRT regularly posts updates on its Facebook page, including alerts about route changes and delays. Both VDOT and HRT use Twitter: HRT is @gohrt and VDOT is @VaDOTHR. For up-to-the-minute traffic information, follow @511hamptonroads. For additional “real-time” traffic information, visit VDOT’s and the Daily Press traffic page, daily You can reach the VDOT traffic information center by cellphone or landline by calling 511. VDOT posts traffic advisories on the radio at 1680 AM. Share your traffic photos and videos with your neighbors in the region at



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Mopeds and scooters The state now requires moped and motorized scooter owners to title and register their vehicles. Drivers can use those vehicles on city and county streets, as long as they travel at or under 35 mph and obey traffic laws. Mopeds are not allowed on interstates. Drivers must carry photo ID and wear a helmet with a face shield if the vehicle does not have



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Warwick Blvd.




The region has several construction and repair projects underway, including efforts to fill thousands of potholes created by winter storms. During such work, work zones with unfamiliar traffic patterns pop up all over. “Be alert and eliminate all distractions,” according to police and the state transportation department. Also be aware that speeding in a work zone can net a fine of up to $500. To report a pothole or any other problem on the roadway, call the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).



Potholes and construction


Denbigh Blvd. Jefferson Ave.

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James River Bridge

Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Hampton Roads


Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (M&M)

Interstate 64 widening Get ready for nearly six years of traffic barrels, alternating barrier walls and reduced speed limits on one of the most heavily traveled highways on the East Coast. About 5.6 miles of Interstate 64, from north of Jefferson Avenue in Newport News to near the Yorktown Road exit (Exit 247), is under construction. Crews expect to complete the following segment and many others by 2022. Keep up to date on the roadway’s progress, and alternative routes, at i64


Wondering how long it will take if you want to live on the Peninsula and commute to work? Here are some hot spots and how to deal with traffic.

Summer congestion Traffic delays are common during the summer on eastbound Interstate 64 at the Hampton Roads BridgeTunnel. If you’re heading to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks, use the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial BridgeTunnel instead and follow to I-64. Here’s another alternative recommended by VDOT crews: If you’re traveling east on I-64, take the Mercury Boulevard Exit 263 and cross the James River Bridge. Continue on Route 17 to the I-664 interchange in Suffolk.

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From Newport News to Naval Station Norfolk via HRBT

From York County to the shipyard in Newport News

From Hampton to Colonial Williamsburg

From James City County to Smithfield Foods via James River Bridge

6-8 a.m. peak

42 minutes

42 minutes

59 minutes

76 minutes

4-6 p.m. peak

52 minutes

58 minutes

69 minutes

82 minutes

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37 minutes

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39 minutes

60 minutes

Commute times

Source: VDOT and Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

a windshield. Passengers also must wear helmets. For more information, visit

E-ZPass is easy An E-ZPass transponder automatically deducts the toll from your prepaid account so you can zip through toll gates in Virginia and 13 additional states. The Coleman Bridge (connecting York and Gloucester counties), the Chesapeake Expressway (the quick way to get to Nags Head, N.C.), the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the Downtown and Midtown tunnels all charge tolls. For more information or to sign up for an E-ZPass account, go to

Times to avoid Drivers who spend any time on the Peninsula quickly grasp the reality that the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is a

major traffic choke point. In fact, at 7:15 a.m., you can expect to hit average travel speeds of 17 mph heading eastbound on Interstate 64 in the vicinity of the Settlers Landing Road and Mallory Street exits in Hampton. In the afternoon I-64 westbound grinds to a 13-mph crawl in Norfolk heading into the tunnel at about 4:15 p.m. The state now has electronic signs posting delays and estimated travel times, but you will get to your destination more quickly if you use other routes, such as the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel or the James River Bridge.

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nown at one time as the “daffodil capital of America,” Gloucester County is home to the annual Daffodil Festival, parade and show that draws thousands of visitors every spring. The county is at the east end of the lower Middle Peninsula bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and the York River and its tributaries. The waterways have helped shape Gloucester’s rural lifestyle. The county is noted for its access to water, rich farmland, fishing and historic Main Street with its shops, restaurants and courthouse circle. Gloucester is steeped in history. At the time of the arrival of English settlers on Virginia shores in 1607, Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas, had a stronghold on the banks of the York River in midGloucester called Werowocomoco. Thomas Jefferson is believed to have written a draft of the Declaration of Independence while staying at Rosewell, the home of his friend John Page. The historic Rosewell plantation now stands in ruins after a fire destroyed it 100 years ago. The ruins attract hundreds of visitors annually. The fate of the British forces under the


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leadership of Gen. Cornwallis was sealed in Gloucester when joint American and French cavalry units hemmed in the Redcoats in the Battle of the Hook, helping prompt the surrender at Yorktown in 1781that effectively ended the Revolutionary War. Walter Reed, known as the conqueror of yellow fever, was born in Gloucester in a small, two-story home that still stands at the intersection of Belroi and Hickory Fork roads. Thomas Calhoun Walker was born a slave in Gloucester but went on to become a

A look at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, a county landmark.

noted educator, lawyer and businessman. Gloucester is also home to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point — a leader in oceanographic research. A centuries-old commercial fishing tradition lives on in the county and is highlighted every September with a two-day celebration

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ampton is a community where the Chesapeake Bay meets more than 400 years of military, English and African history. The city intertwines entertainment, shopping, aerospace and its storied past, making it an eclectic place to live, work and play. Fort Monroe is Hampton’s stone citadel that has captured the awe and imagination of history buffs, bird watchers and Army aficionados for years. The largest stone fort in America sits on a 560-acre spit of land jutting out into the Chesapeake Bay, also making it a draw for sightseers. Fort Monroe was named the nation’s 396th National Park Service monument by President Barack Obama in November 2011. The former Army post is also a reminder of a time in 1861 when African-American slaves made their way there and found sanctuary from the repression of their owners and from the horrors of the Civil War. Once at the fort, they were declared Confederate “contraband” and lived as free people for the first time in their lives. The decisions made at Fort Monroe helped lay the foundation of a school known now as Hampton University, located just across the Hampton River from downtown. Downtown Hampton can provide a taste of history as it hosts the Hampton History Museum and Virginia Air and Space Center,

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which acts as the official visitors center for NASA Langley Research Center. Hampton’s largest shopping area, Coliseum Central Business Improvement District, includes the Hampton Coliseum, Peninsula Town Center and the Power Plant development as well as numerous restaurants and hotels. The area is easily accessible from Interstate 64. Some of Hampton’s flavor simmers along the beach at Buckroe where the city’s more eccentric residents meet and mingle along the beachfront. Outdoor murals and startup businesses have sprouted in Phoebus to greet theater-goers and tourists stopping to

An aerial view of downtown Hampton after the steeple and cross were reattached to the rebuilt tower at First Baptist Church of Hampton. The city has 400-plus years of history.

shop and eat. The city’s rich and storied past also shines through in the architecture of many of its neighborhoods, including Pasture Point, Aberdeen and Olde Wythe. Those neighborhoods are brimming

with current and retired members of the military who came to Hampton because of their careers and chose to stay. The Hampton VA Medical Center, which overlooks the waters of Hampton Roads, serves as one of the premier facilities for veterans.

Fort Monroe was named the United States’ 396th National Park Service monument by President Barack Obama in November 2011.


A rain-soaked Mill Swamp Road in Isle of Wight reflects the morning light in March.



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country world exists a short drive across the James River Bridge from Newport News. Instead of pavement and strip malls, Isle of Wight County is still mostly trees and crops. It’s largely rural, with an estimated 85 percent of its land covered with farms and forests. Cotton and soybeans are the biggest crops. Every September, more than 30,000 people attend the Isle of Wight County Fair. But developers have discovered Isle of Wight. The county has seen a 15 percent increase in population during the last decade. The Eagle Harbor development has taken shape just south of the James River Bridge. Other large mixed-use developments are in the works, including the Benns Grant and St. Luke’s Village projects. The county is home to two incorporated towns — Smithfield and Windsor. One of the county’s biggest attractions is Historic St. Luke’s Church, which dates to about 1632. It is the oldest existing church of English foundation in North America and the nation’s only surviving, original

Isle of Wight Population: 36,314 (estimate) Area: 316 square miles Median age: 44.5 Landmarks: Historic St. Luke’s Church, Fort Boykin Historic Park, Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area, Heritage Park Board of Supervisors chairman: Rex Alphin, 757-562-6156 Website:

Gothic building. The most recent historic attractions to open include Fort Huger, an earthen-walled Confederate Civil War fort that opened as a county park in 2007, and the Schoolhouse Museum. Located in a renovated two-room schoolhouse dating to 1932 on Smithfield’s Main Street, the Schoolhouse is a tribute to the history of African-American public education.



ames City County is one of the most prosperous, and fastest growing, communities in Virginia. And it has made its mark as the only U.S. county with a population of less than 100,000 that has won the very highest rating for its debt from Wall Street. At the same time, it is where U.S. history starts — Historic Jamestowne, the twodecade-old archaeological exploration of the original site of the first permanent English-speaking settlement in North America, can be visited here. Nearby, at Jamestown Settlement, you can see a reconstruction of the fort. The once-rural, increasingly suburban county’s population has grown 8.5 percent since the 2010 census. So has commercial activity. New stores are popping up along the Richmond Road Corridor, economic powerhouse Anheuser-Busch is expanding, and the county’s planned communities like Ford’s Colony and Governor’s Land continue to attract older, affluent residents. The county’s growth spurt began in 1969, when Anheuser-Busch built a brewery and eventually the Busch Gardens theme park and Kingsmill residential and golf community. Kingsmill hosted an annual PGA


oted for its quaint historic village and its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Mathews County is a destination for people looking for a different pace of life. The small Middle Peninsula county has drawn retirees and other transplants who enjoy the coastal small-town atmosphere. Its natives — many families that go back generations — are proud of the rural charm and enchanting waterfronts. Fewer than 9,000 people are spread over 85 square miles bordered by the Piankatank River to the north and the Mobjack River to the southwest. The county has remained relatively undeveloped and is home to many small businesses. Mathews attracts tourists annually seeking the slow pace and open waterways during the summer season. Once home to Powhatan Indians, the county was settled by Englishmen in the 17th century. It was once a part of Gloucester County and separated in 1791. The county was known for its fishing and shipbuilding industries. The Mathews farmers market — each Saturday from April through October on the court green in downtown Mathews — was named to the best of Virginia list in 2016 by Virginia Living magazine.

James City County Population: 73,147 Area: 142 square miles Founded: 1634 Median age: 45.5 Landmarks: Jamestown Island, Colonial Parkway, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Pottery Factory, Williamsburg Winery Board of Supervisors chairman: Michael J. Hipple, 757-253-6728 Website:

event for several years and is now host to the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship. With all of that growth come some challenges. Securing a supply of water to meet long-term needs in a county that relies entirely on groundwater has become critical now that the state is pushing to reduce groundwater use. Dealing with stormwater in a low-lying area with long-standing drainage issues and tougher new federal pollution standards is another. Financing a school system run jointly

Golfers warm up before the first round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in 2015.

with Williamsburg and bringing in business to broaden the tax base are also issues county residents face, as they try to

balance concerns about overdevelopment and boosting an economy that is now heavily dependent on often-fickle tourism.

Mathews Population: 8,862 (U.S. Census Bureau 2015 estimate) Area: 86 square miles Founded: 1791 Landmarks: Historic courthouse green, New Point Comfort Lighthouse, Gwynn’s Island Board of Supervisors chairwoman: Edwina Casey, 804-725-2177 Website:

Just off the county’s north coast is Gwynn’s Island, which hundreds of people call home. The picturesque island is accessed by a drawbridge and consists mostly of waterfront and inland homes, a restaurant and a museum. The annual Gwynn’s Island Festival, scheduled for June 25, features food, music, crafts, a car show and heritage displays. Outdoor activities abound throughout the county and include 90 miles of Mathews Blueways Water Trails. The network of offshore kayak and canoeing routes offer day and overnight paddling excursions. A new kayak and canoe launch opened

The New Point Comfort Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay is a landmark of Mathews.

downtown at Put-In Creek in spring 2016. The county hosts the annual Tour De Chesapeake — a bicycling event that is a benefit for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The community also sponsors Mathews Market Days, a two-day festival scheduled for Sept. 9-10 featuring crafts, food, music and local artists.

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bout 22 miles long and only 4 miles wide, the area that became Newport News was first settled in 1619. In 1896, that community — the former seat of Warwick County — became the separate city of Newport News. Warwick County was one of the eight original shires formed in 1634 by the House of Burgesses in the British Colony of Virginia by order of King Charles I. The famous “Battle of the Ironclads” — the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, also known as the Merrimac — took place off the shores of Newport News in 1862. Lee Hall Mansion and the Endview Plantation in north Newport News are two of the city’s numerous historic landmarks. In 1881, railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington brought the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad to Newport News and founded the city’s shipyard, which remains a major economic engine in Newport News. Newport News Shipbuilding, now a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has built aircraft carriers such as the Enterprise, Kennedy, Washington, Vinson and Roosevelt. It is the only shipyard in the country to build nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and one of two that builds nuclear-powered submarines. At the other end of the city, Fort Eustis, formerly Camp Eustis, was named after Brevet Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis, a veteran of the War of 1812. Today, Newport News finds itself amid

Newport News Population: 182,385 Area: 69.2 square miles Incorporated: 1896 Median age: 33.5 Mayor: McKinley L. Price, 757-926-8618 Website:

dramatic transformations. Major developments that mix housing and retail include: ■ Port Warwick Off Jefferson Avenue, Port Warwick introduced the architectural trend of New Urbanism — an updated take on the old, small-town concept of building houses within walking distance of shops and workplaces. It offers upscale eateries, trendy shops, outdoor artwork and new housing. ■ City Center Just across Jefferson from Port Warwick is City Center. Its fountain hosts the Peninsula’s largest fireworks display each December in Hollydazzle. It also features a hotel and conference center, along with restaurants, retailers and housing. The development is a minihub of nightlife and restaurants, including The Cove Tavern, Tucanos Brazilian Grill and Travinia, an upscale Italian restaurant. The Paragon, a high-end movie theater, opened in 2014 and

Many restaurants operate in City Center, including Tucanos Brazilian Grill and Travinia, and City Center’s fountain area hosts the Peninsula’s largest fireworks display each December.

is connected to Neo, a kitchen and bar. ■ Tech Center A new shopping center called Tech Center Marketplace is now open at the corner of Oyster Point Road and Jefferson Avenue. It is anchored by the Peninsula’s first Whole Foods, and also features Mellow


Messick Point in Poquoson lies along the Chesapeake Bay. Watermen have plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from ports and landings in Poquoson for generations.



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oquoson is a short hop from Hampton, Newport News and elsewhere in Hampton Roads, making it a rather secluded bedroom community. Its name is derived from an American Indian word meaning a great marsh, and was first recorded in English on a land patent issued to Capt. Christopher Calthorpe in 1631. The city, which incorporated in 1975 after breaking apart from York County to maintain control of its school system, is a wealthy enclave that has a median household income of $83,460, one of the highest on the Virginia Peninsula. Watermen have plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from ports and landings in Poquoson for generations. While that lifestyle is dying out, the community still has close ties to the waters that surround it. Many residents work at Langley Air Force Base or other military installations, the shipyard in Newport News and NASA Langley Research Center. The city went through a rebranding in 2013 when a Poquoson native and awardwinning director filmed two commercials

Mushroom, P.F. Chang’s, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and more. Apartments are being built as part of the development. A research park with office space also is planned, in conjunction with the adjacent Jefferson Lab and Virginia Tech.

Poquoson Population: 12,059 Area: 15 square miles Incorporated: 1975 Median age: 43.5 Landmarks: Messick Point, Plum Tree Island Wildlife Refuge, Cow Island Mayor: Eugene Hunt Jr., 757-868-7628, Website:

for the city that aired in movie theaters. The city developed its own app and launched a website,, that lists restaurants, shops and things to do in town and on the water. The City Council hoped the new campaign would bring more businesses and residents to the area. So far the Fountains of Poquoson mixed-use development has broken ground, and a 100-acre mixed use development called Legacy of Poquoson has been proposed for the Big Woods.


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mithfield’s motto is “ham, history and hospitality.” It’s fitting for the home of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, which was acquired by Chinese company WH Group in 2013. The town’s ham history dates to the Native Americans, who have been credited with originating the salt- and hardwood-smoked dry-cured Smithfield ham. Once a bustling seaport, the town’s historic district is made up of houses with architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as restaurants and shops. One of those historic houses belonged to Capt. Mallory Todd, who in 1779 is credited as being the first person to have shipped hams from Smithfield. The house stands on Main Street east of Church Street. Another historic home is Windsor Castle. Arthur Smith IV, who incorporated Smithfield in 1752 and made it a town, lived there on land overlooking the juncture of the Pagan River and Cypress Creek. The town’s

Windsor Castle, a historic home in Smithfield, is believed to have been built in about 1750.


f you want to experience a short but nice ferry ride across the James River, nothing can beat the ride from Jamestown to rural Surry County. You might even encounter a baby being born on that ferry route, which happened once last year. Surry Power Station, Dominion Virginia Power’s twin-reactor nuclear plant, resides on the other side of the James. It’s been in the news of late, with Surry County Dominion planis also home to ning to erect new power lines the Chippokes across the waterway. They are Plantation controversial, and State Park, a critics contend 1,683-acre park they will mar the scenic vistas in overlooking the the area. When the first James River. English settlers sailed up the James River in 1607, they landed on the south side of the river, near the present town of Claremont in Surry County. After visiting the Quioughcohancock Indians there, these settlers went on to establish the first permanent English settlement on Jamestown Island across the river. By 1609, Smith’s Fort was built in Surry, and



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Smithfield Population: 8,287 (estimate) Area: 10.1 square miles Incorporated: 1752 Median age: 43.1 Median household income: $68,807 Landmarks: Old Courthouse of 1750, Isle of Wight County Museum, Smithfield Inn and Smithfield Station Mayor: T. Carter Williams, 757-365-9505 Website:

newest amenity is Windsor Castle Park, a public park built around the mansion. The town in 2002 baked the world’s largest ham biscuit to commemorate its 250th anniversary, landing it a spot in the Guinness Book of Records in March 2003.

For its 250th anniversary, the town baked the world’s largest ham biscuit and got a spot in the Guinness Book of Records in 2003.

Surry County Population: 6,967 Area: 301 square miles Founded: 1652 Median age: 42 Board of Supervisors chairman: John M. Seward Contact: 757-294-5271 Website:

Hog Island was where hogs were raised. Surry County was formed in 1652 from a portion of James City County and named for the county of “Surrey” in England. For more than 350 years, the county has depended on an agricultural economy. Today, the biggest crops are soybeans, corn, wheat and peanuts. Tourist attractions range from the 17thcentury Bacon’s Castle — the oldest documented brick house in English North America — to the late 20th-century Nuclear Information Center. The power station, built in the early 1970s, generates electricity from its two reactors to power hundreds of thousands of homes. Surry County is also home to the Chippokes Plantation State Park, a 1,683acre park overlooking the James. The park includes a swimming complex, visitors’

A front view of one of Surry’s tourist attractions, the 17th-century Bacon’s Castle — which is the oldest documented brick house in English North America. Sixteen privately occupied structures in the county are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

center, picnic facilities and trails, and formal gardens around Chippokes Mansion. The Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum is designed to recreate living on a farm in rural Virginia in 1850. Hog Island Wildlife Management Area is

3,908 acres of flat land, tidal marshes and pine forests. In addition to the public attractions, 16 privately occupied structures in the county are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Colonial Williamsburg re-enactor Jessica DeMarco, center, stands as guests enter Kimball Theatre during a local premiere for the third season of AMC’s drama ‘‘TURN: Washington Spies’’ in April. Williamsburg offers live street theater in the Revolutionary City.


n the mid- to late 1800s, it was called “Windsor Station,” named after the area’s railroad depot. Then a small town sprouted up around it, at the crossroads of U.S. routes 258 and 460 in the center of Isle of Wight County, west of the City of Suffolk. By the turn of the century, residents elected to make the town official, and the General Assembly granted Windsor’s There have charter in 1902. Now, the town is been plans to growing around U.S. build a new Route 460, an alterU.S. 460, but nate route between Hampton Roads and the plan has Richmond. Windsor’s populahit many tion has more than bumps in the doubled over the past decade, to more than road of late. 2,600 residents, with more growth expected in the coming years. There have been plans to build a new U.S. 460 — just south of the existing thoroughfare — to help alleviate traffic throughout Hampton Roads, including Interstate 64 on the Peninsula. But the plan has hit many bumps in the road of late. The project was put on hold last



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or the full Williamsburg experience, take a walk through time along Duke of Gloucester Street. The promenade begins in the replica 18th century Colonial capital where historic interpreters, dressed in period garb and speaking with a slight British lilt, bring to life the events leading up to the American Revolution. Taverns, silversmiths, iron workers and tradesmen’s shops line the four blocks of DoG Street contained within Colonial Williamsburg. In a rare and bold move by the city, declining a request from its cash cow, this section is enjoyed by everyone, not just Colonial Williamsburg ticket holders. Keep heading west, and enter the hustle and bustle of the modern-day city with a selection of pubs, eateries, clothing and furniture stores. A few blocks farther is the College of William and Mary. It’s the second-oldest university in the country, where about 8,600 young minds prepare for the future. Williamsburg’s biggest business is tourism, and the city and its attractions have begun to focus on “the experience” rather

Williamsburg Population: 15,052 Area: 9.02 square miles Founded: Established as Williamsburg in 1699 Median age: 23.8 Median household income: $48,075 Landmarks: College of William and Mary, Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg, Bruton Parish Church, Duke of Gloucester Street Website:

than the history of the place, incorporating live street theater in the Revolutionary City, emphasizing events such as food and drink festivals and updating lodging venues like the Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn. Busch Gardens, a popular theme park that opened in 1975, continues to attract thrill-seekers with new rides and performances during its themed Halloween and Christmas seasons.

Windsor Population: 2,623 Area: 3.8 square miles Founded: 1902 Median age: 41.8 Median household income: $41,210 Mayor: Carita J. Richardson, term expires in 2018 Contact: 757-242-4288; Website:

year because of problems securing permits. That was followed by a design for a shorter route, with a bypass around the town. And though planning continues, the state recently canceled the existing construction contract for the roadway, leaving its ultimate fate in question. Just east of Windsor on U.S. 460 is the Shirley T. Holland Commerce Park, home of a million-square-foot Cost Plus World Market distribution center. In 2011, the park landed Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which built a roasting, grinding and packaging facility there. The town began a police department in 2001, and is also served by the Windsor

A cotton ball is one of many waiting to be picked in a field south of Windsor.

Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad. It’s served by a seven-member Town Council, including a mayor directly elected by the people. The first recorded name for the area near

the station was actually “Corrowaugh” — established as a post office in 1852. Mail was brought by courier once a week until 1859, when Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) landed the contract to deliver the mail.



estled along the York River and extending west to Williamsburg’s doorstep, York County comprises the easternmost corner of the Historic Triangle, which includes Williamsburg and Jamestown. York’s major claim to fame is that it was the site of the British army’s surrender that ended the Revolutionary War. It’s hard to escape that integral link to the war fought to secure independence for the American colonies, and proud locals like it that way. The village of Yorktown sits among the Colonial National Historical Park’s battlefields, complete with cannons and earthen redoubts. The nearby Yorktown Victory Center is the start of the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile ribbon of picturesque roadway that connects Yorktown to Williamsburg and Jamestown Island. The costumed Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at various events throughout the year. Group members can be seen most evenings on the march around Yorktown, honing their skills. The growing county boasts a population

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York County Population: 67,837 Area: 105 square miles Founded: 1634 Median age: 39.7 Median household income: $80,900 Board of Supervisors chairman: Jeffrey D. Wassmer, 757-969-6569, Website:

of more than 67,000 and, with miles of waterfront real estate and top-ranked schools, is considered one of the Peninsula area’s most desirable localities. Other than its historic sites, Yorktown’s major draw is Riverwalk Landing. The retail development boasts several restaurants, shops and a popular beach area. It’s the site of numerous warm-weather festivals. And don’t forget Water Country USA — the water park in upper York never fails to be a pleaser for locals and tourists alike.

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ampton Roads isn’t exactly Hollywood or The Big Apple, but this region has produced its share of famous locals. Lots of big-name athletes in recent years, and plenty of entertainers. It’s a military hotbed so some people just pass through. The great folk songwriter Steve Earle was born at Fort Monroe, for example, but his family moved away when he was still young. Dating back to that very first legendary Native American princess, lots of big names once called this region home. Here are some of them.

People Princess Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith and Chief Powhatan were all in Jamestown and environs in 1607. Nathaniel Bacon led a revolt against Virginia’s royal governor in 1676. The pirate Blackbeard’s head was put on a pole in Hampton after he was killed in 1718 off the Atlantic Coast. Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg before founding the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Patrick Henry, George Wythe and John Marshall all took part in political debate in Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia. George Washington’s victory at Yorktown won the Revolutionary War and established him as the man who would go on to become our first president. William Henry Harrison and John Tyler — you know, “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!” — became presidents. Both hailed from Charles City County. Ben Butler, the federal commander at Hampton’s Fort Monroe early in the Civil War, declared that runaway slaves could be kept as “contraband of war” (and, presumably, then be freed). His decision led the Union on its way to emancipation. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was jailed at Fort Monroe after the Civil War. You can still visit the room where he was held at the Casemate Museum. Edgar Allan Poe served a stint as a soldier at Fort Monroe during his checkered life.

while his father was stationed at Fort Eustis. Denbigh also produced Joseph Wooten, longtime keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band, and Wooten’s musical brothers. James Daniel Gardner, awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War, was born in Gloucester. He was a member of Co. I, 36th Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops. Booker T. Washington studied and later taught at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) before going on to lead Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). Robert R. Moton, who followed Booker T. Washington as head of Tuskegee, retired to a home on the banks of the York River in Gloucester, where his wife grew up. Christopher Kyler, a celebrity chef who has been on several Food Network shows including “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Food Network Star,” was born in Hampton. Walter Reed, an Army physician from Gloucester, discovered that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes. Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey, two of the great American singers of the 20th century, were born in Newport News in 1918. Queen Esther Marrow, who grew up in Newport News, sang gospel and was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite vocalists. She played Auntie Em in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz.” She still tours and lives in Newport News. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is entombed in a Norfolk memorial, and the man Marines hail as their most-decorated, Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, is buried in Middlesex.

Robert Cray, blues guitarist, attended Denbigh High School in Newport News




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Pharrell Williams is from Virginia Beach. GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO



“Death by Chocolate,” to international fame.

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Two early rock and roll stars — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Vincent and Gary U.S. Bonds — both came from this region. So did the great R&B singer Ruth Brown, also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

William Styron, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, grew up in Newport News and used the area for some of his books’ locales. Movie star Ava Gardner lived in Newport News in the 1930s. Satchel Paige pitched two innings for the Peninsula Grays at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton in 1966 at the age of 59. It was his last official appearance in a professional game in organized baseball. Irene Morgan, a Gloucester AfricanAmerican, was arrested in Saluda for refusing to move to the back of a bus for a white couple in 1944, 11 years before Rosa Parks’ similar action in Montgomery, Ala. The Morgan case led to the first Supreme Court decision overturning a segregation law involving interstate transportation. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson does his show “The 700 Club” from Virginia Beach, where he also operates Regent University.

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Bruce Hornsby, the Grammy awardwinning musician, was born, raised and still lives in Williamsburg. Wanda Sykes, the stand-up comedian and actress, was born in Portsmouth and graduated from Hampton University with a degree in marketing. Comedian Patton Oswalt was also born in Portsmouth while his father was stationed here in the military. (He was named for General George Patton.) Glenn Close, theater and movie star, attended the College of William and Mary and starred in several productions there in the 1970s.

Jay Pharoah

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Jon Stewart, former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” also is a College of William and Mary alum, as is Bill Lawrence, the creator of the television comedy “Scrubs.” Jay Pharoah, a 2005 graduate of Indian River High School in Chesapeake, is a featured cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Check out the sketches when he plays the character Principal Frye — that character is based on Indian River principal Jimmy Frye. Marcel Desaulniers, co-founder of The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg, has award-winning cookbooks that have brought his creations, such as the tempting

Sax player Clarence Clemons, the legendary “Big Man” in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, grew up in Norfolk. (The Big Man died in 2011, but his nephew Jake Clemons of Virginia Beach now plays with Springsteen.) Hip-hop artist and producer Missy Elliott is from Portsmouth. Musician Pharrell Williams, who made us all “Happy,” grew up in Virginia Beach. As a hip-hop producer, he teamed with another Virginia Beach friend, Chad Hugo, to form the Grammy-winning team known as The Neptunes, who were discovered and promoted by Virginia Beach-based producer Teddy Riley. See FAMOUS/Page 24

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Continued from 23 Another hip-hop producer, Timbaland, also grew up in Virginia Beach. Chris Brown, the pop-R&B singer famous for numerous hits as well as his everincreasing arrest record, grew up in Tappahannock. Comedian Cocoa Brown, best known for her work in movies and TV shows produced by Tyler Perry, is from Newport News and still visits the region regularly. Hollywood producer Mark Gordon, a Newport News native, has movie credits that include “Speed” and “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as hit TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Criminal Minds.” Pro Football Hall of Famers Henry Jordan, Dwight Stephenson, Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, Clarence “Ace” Parker and Chris Hanburger are among the many NFL players from the region. NFL quarterback Michael Vick grew up in Newport News. His cousin (and fellow Newport News native) Aaron Brooks also

was a star quarterback in the NFL. Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor hails from Hampton.

Hall of Fame.

Former NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd grew up in Chesapeake.

Pernell “Sweetpea” Whitaker of Norfolk won world championships in four weight classes and was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Norfolk native and former Williamsburg resident Curtis Strange won two U.S. Opens and is enshrined in the World Golf

Active Major League Baseball players David Wright (Mets), Mark Reynolds (Rockies), Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals),

and brothers Melvin “B.J.” (Padres) and Justin Upton (Tigers) played high school ball in Hampton Roads. Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers pitcher who has won MVP and Cy Young Awards, played at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Chesapeake native Michael Cuddyer, a former NL batting champ, retired before this season. Mike Tomlin, a graduate of Denbigh High School in Newport News and the College of William and Mary, became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl when he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the championship in February 2009 in just his second season as head coach. Nancy Lieberman and Anne Donovan played for ODU. Both have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen Iverson starred on the basketball court and the football field for Bethel High School in Hampton before joining the NBA. In his NBA career, mostly with the Philadelphia 76ers, he averaged 26.6 points per game, one of the top 10 averages in league history. He will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2016. See FAMOUS/Page 25

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Tobacco turned 17th-century Jamestown into a financial success. Small towns like Urbanna and Yorktown were once the ports where casks of tobacco were rolled to waiting ships.

Actor Mark Ruffalo, who has played many dramatic roles and has recently starred as “The Hulk,” is from Virginia Beach. Other local actors, such as Newport News’ Gary Hudson and Smithfield’s Antonio Charity, turn up regularly in TV roles. If you watch reality singing shows on TV, you saw Smithfield’s own Bria Kelly on “The Voice” in 2014 and Joey Cook on “American Idol” in 2015. Cook is a Northern Virginia native but was living on the Peninsula when she auditioned for “Idol.” She currently tours and records with a backing band made up primarily of Peninsula musicians.

Places Jamestown: Founded in 1607, Jamestown was America’s first permanent English colony. Williamsburg: Home of the College of William and Mary and the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was restored beginning in 1926. Notable visitors to Williamsburg include many U.S. presidents, Queen Elizabeth II and heads of state. Yorktown: The site of the siege that won the American Revolution. On Oct. 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered after being defeated by an American and French force led by Gen. George Washington.

Oysters, crabs and fish, although the numbers are diminished, still play a role in our economy, culture and cuisine. Gloucester holds a festival honoring daffodils every year because the perennials used to be a major cash crop on the Middle Peninsula. Laser printer cartridges and custom manufactured products come off the assembly line at the Canon Virginia plant in Newport News.

Crabs, as well as oysters and fish, play a role in our economy, culture and cuisine.

Chesapeake Bay: The largest estuary in the United States, the bay stretches about 200 miles from Havre de Grace, Md., to Norfolk and includes two of the five major North Atlantic ports in the United States. Hampton Roads: Site of the first battle between ironclad warships, the Monitor and the Virginia (also known as the Merrimack). Now used as the regional name for the area that stretches from Virginia Beach in the south to Mathews County in the north. Virginia Beach: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, Virginia Beach was where English colonists first stepped ashore before sailing on to

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Things Peanuts grow by the thousands of acres south of the James River. Suffolk is home of the Planters company, whose emblem is the monocled Mr. Peanut. Have some ham. Little Smithfield is home of big Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. Lots of beer is brewed at Anheuser-Busch in James City County, as well as at smaller breweries around the region. For sippers, there’s the Williamsburg


One of the Chesapeake Bay’s most popular small racing sailboats, the Hampton One Design, was designed and first built here in 1935. Ships have been launched since 1898 at the shipyard in Newport News, where they are now most notably the Navy’s sole supplier of nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) holds a tournament each year at the Kingsmill resort in James City County.

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amphibious warships, destroyers and Coast Guard cutters. The Newport News shipyard’s long history is highlighted prominently in front of executive offices on Washington Avenue, where a restored version of the tugboat Dorothy, built in 1890, stands. It is the country’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which are based at Naval Station Norfolk, at West Coast bases and in Japan. It is one of two manufacturers of nuclear-powered submarines. The yard also performs midlife refueling and overhauls of aircraft carriers, a major job that happens at the midpoint of their 50-year service life. A defense expert at RAND Corp. said it “may be the most

challenging engineering and industrial task undertaken anywhere by any organization.” It builds Virginia-class submarines in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat of Groton, Conn. The shipyard has recently gone though some tough times, but its long-term future appears stable. Between September 2015 and February this year, about 1,200 Newport News workers lost their jobs due to a temporary but significant drop in workload. The shipyard is expected to ramp up hiring in 2017. Workers continued to make progress on the first-in-class aircraft carrier named for Gerald R. Ford. It should be delivered to

the Navy later in 2016. Meanwhile, work continues on the second Ford-class carrier, the future USS John F. Kennedy. It is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2022. In the summer of 2015, workers celebrated the keel-laying of the future USS John F. Kennedy. Newport News employers are also decommissioning the former USS Enterprise, which was retired from service in late 2012. The Enterprise was the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier. On midlife refuelings, workers are finishing the USS Abraham Lincoln. Next up will be the USS George Washington, scheduled to arrive at the shipyard in 2017 for its overhaul.




An F-22 Raptor flies in front of the crowd during the Langley AirPower practice show held at Langley Air Force Base on April 22. Langley Air Force Base celebrated its centennial.

ampton Roads is the East Coast epicenter of military activity. Every branch of the armed services is represented here. From the largest Navy base in the world to one of the most secretive facilities used by the CIA, the region has the highest number of uniformed personnel and the fastest-growing veteran population in the country. Thirty-six percent of the region’s employment is tied to the Department of Defense, according to the Hampton Roads Planning District. In 2015, it’s estimated that there were 82,000 people in uniform in the region — that number has been on the decline since 2003, when there were more than 113,000 service members in Hampton Roads. Over the next two years, deep cuts in manpower are expected to come from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and Fort Eustis in Newport News. Together the two bases, known today as Joint Base Langley Eustis, employ nearly 50,500 active and reserve troops and civilians, and those personnel contribute about $2.4 billion toward the local economy, according to an impact study by the bases.

Here’s a roundup of our installations: Langley Air Force Base, Hampton. Established 100 years ago as Langley Field, this installation played a major role in the development of U.S. air power. The base merged some functions with the Army’s Fort Eustis in Newport News in 2010, as part of an efficiency move. Together they are called Joint Base Langley Eustis, but each facility retains its distinct identity. Main units on Langley AFB are Air Combat Command headquarters, 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing, 1st Fighter Wing and 633rd Air Base Wing. Langley’s 1st Fighter Wing operates and maintains the F-22 Raptors flown by the 27th and 94th Fighter Squadrons. The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing moved from Richmond to Langley AFB in 2007 and began flying Raptors alongside active-duty airmen. Fort Eustis, Newport News. Fort Eustis is named for Brevet Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis, a Virginia native and veteran of the War of 1812. It was established two years See MILITARY/Page 28

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Once a swampy wasteland and now a master jet base, Naval Air Station Oceana is home to F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets.

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach. Once a swampy wasteland and now a master jet base, this installation is home to F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The base, including Dam Neck Annex, has more than 10,000 active-duty Navy personnel and 4,500 civilian employees. It is a major employer in Virginia Beach. Joint Expeditionary Base Little CreekFort Story. This joint Navy-Army base was established in October 2009. It consists of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army post Fort Story. Little Creek began as a training ground for World War II amphibious forces and today is home to squadrons of Navy SEALs. It has 18 ships home-ported there, including Landing Crafts, Air Cushioned (LCACs) and conventional waterborne Landing Crafts Utility (LCUs), plus smaller boats.

Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown. It is a training facility for the Coast Guard as well as some foreign troops. Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The Navy stores, maintains and loads bombs, missiles and other ordnance for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at this base. The station manages the adjacent storage facility formerly known as Cheatham Annex in York County. Camp Peary, Williamsburg. This officially is named the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity. Don’t tell anyone, but the CIA uses this 10,000-acre camp as a training center. Little is publicly known about the place. Neighbors have said they hear loud explosions coming from the camp, which is referred to as “The Farm.” The number of workers there is not divulged.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth. This is one of the largest shipyards in the world. It specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It’s the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the Navy. In fact, it predates the formation of the U.S. Navy. It was established in 1767 as the Gosport Shipyard by a British sympathizer who fled at the start of the American Revolution. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Occupying a 112-acre site along the Elizabeth River in downtown Portsmouth, the hospital is located on the original site of Fort Nelson, which was built in 1776 to provide harbor defense for Norfolk and Portsmouth. It is the U.S. Navy’s oldest hospital. The hospital and its branch clinics provide health care to the region’s roughly 420,000 active-duty service members, family members and military retirees. It is also one of three major teaching hospitals in the Navy. Coast Guard, Atlantic Area, Portsmouth. The Fifth Coast Guard District focuses on safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas and marine transportation system within the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.

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May UMOJA FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, May 27-29 Where: Portsmouth Pavilion Details: Annual festival celebrating African-American culture and heritage. Live music, food, art and vendors. An event promoting unity and diversity. Admission: Free Information: 757-393-8481 or umoja PUNGO STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL When: Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; carnival Friday, May 27, 5 to 10 p.m. Where: Pungo community of Virginia Beach, 1776 Princess Anne Road Details: Taste strawberries prepared a multitude of ways, enjoy entertainment on three stages and see a parade on Saturday. Also featured: a carnival, livestock show, arts and crafts. No pets allowed. Organizers expect a crowd of more than 100,000. Admission: Free, but a $10-per-day parking charge will be collected. Information: 757-721-6001 or pungo

June NEWPORT NEWS GREEK FESTIVAL When: Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon to 6

p.m. Sunday Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News Details: Authentic Greek food, a large arts, craft and jewelry marketplace, pastries, and Greek music and dance make this one of the largest and most popular ethnic celebrations in the region. Admission: Free Information: 757-596-6151 or newport HAMPTON BLACKBEARD PIRATE FESTIVAL When: Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Downtown Hampton Details: Pillage and plunder your way through the seaport of Hampton when the annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival returns for another year of swashbuckling fun. The festival celebrates Hampton’s maritime heritage by commemorating the demise of Capt. Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard the Pirate. As many as 50,000 people are expected to visit Hampton to enjoy pirate re-enactors, children’s activities, Caribbean food, craft vendors, live music and fireworks over the Hampton River on Saturday night. Admission: Free, but tickets are required for the Grand Pirates Ball on Friday night. Information: 757-727-1102 or black PATRIOTIC FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, June 3-5 Where: Virginia Beach oceanfront See FESTIVALS/Page 30

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HAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, June 24-26. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Hampton Coliseum Details: Friday’s lineup includes Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald and Leela James; Saturday’s lineup includes New Edition, Babyface, Judith Hill and Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner; Sunday’s lineup includes Charlie Wilson, Stephanie Mills, Boney James and Joselyn Best. Admission: $65 per seat, per day from the Coliseum box office and Ticketmaster Information: 757-838-4203 or hampton

Continued from 29 Details: Military displays at the center stage at 15th Street. Concerts by Chris Young and Bobby Bones & Raging Idiots on Friday, Sam Hunt and Canaan Smith on Saturday, and Big & Rich on Sunday. Musical performances will take place at 5th Street and Oceanfront. Admission: General admission is free, but VIP tickets are available online. Information: KING-LINCOLN PARK DAY When: Saturday, June 4, noon to 5 p.m. Where: King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave., Newport News Details: Music, children’s activities and community exhibits will contribute to a fun day in the park. Food vendors will be on hand. Admission: Free Information: SEAWALL MUSIC FESTIVAL When: Friday-Saturday, June 10-11 Where: Portsmouth waterfront Details: Live music from a variety of local and regional acts, lots of children’s activities, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. Admission: Free Information: 757-393-5111 or portsva NORFOLK HARBORFEST When: Friday-Sunday, June 9-12. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk Details: For three days, the downtown Norfolk waterfront transforms into a playground for people of all ages. Harborfest includes a spectacular fireworks show. Local, regional and national entertainment, family fun, water activities and much more. Musical headliners include The Wailers and Grace Potter. Admission: Free Information: 757-441-2345 or fest SUMMER CELEBRATION WINE FESTIVAL When: Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Lee Hall Mansion, 163 Yorktown Road, Newport News Details: This annual festival on the mansion grounds features Virginia’s best wineries, food, live music and craft vendors. Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall Mansion is one of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Penin-



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sula. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $10 non-tasting tickets Information: 757-888-3371 or

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BOARDWALK ART SHOW AND FESTIVAL When: Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19. Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Virginia Beach oceanfront Details: Arrayed along the Virginia Beach boardwalk between 20th and 34th streets, this show typically draws more than 200,000 people, organizers say. The event will feature 275 artist booths as well as live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and family activities. Admission: Free Information: walk-art-show-1

GWYNN’S ISLAND FESTIVAL When: Friday-Saturday, June 24-25. From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday Where: Gwynn’s Island Community Building and grounds, Mathews County Details: Activities include music, food, arts and crafts and other family activities. Admission: Free Information: 804-725-7577 or vttrunners .com/gwynns-island-festival

BAYOU BOOGALOO & CAJUN FOOD FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, June 24-26. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk Details: Norfolk’s annual “second line” with New Orleans’ spirit and culture takes place along the Norfolk waterfront. The festival seeks to re-create the best of Louisiana. Two stages featuring national recording artists provide musical entertainment for the weekend. Arts and crafts and authentic food will also be part of the fun. Admission: Early Friday admission is free, but Friday night through Sunday requires

GENUINE SMITHFIELD’S OLDEN DAYS FESTIVAL When: Saturday, June 25 Where: Downtown Smithfield Details: Classic car shows, farmer’s market, ghost walks, vendors, arts and crafts and the Pagan River Raft Race Admission: Free, but some activities are ticketed Information: 757-357-2214 or genuine HARDEE’S LATIN FEST When: Friday-Saturday, June 24-25 Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, at 24th Street Details: A celebration of Latin culture, with lots of food, activities and live music. Among the highlights is a Zumba workout marathon. Admission: Free Information: 757-385-7873 or beach

SANDSTOCK: A TRIBUTE TO ROCK AND ROLL When: Friday-Sunday, July 1-3 Where: Virginia Beach oceanfront, at 24th Street Details: A weekend of “tribute bands” covering the tunes of a wide variety of classic rock acts. Admission: Free Information: 757-385-7873 or beach SUMMER BREWFEST When: Friday, July 8, 5 to 9 p.m. Where: Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk Details: The Summer BrewFest, sponsored by AT&T, will help folks end the work week with an extended happy hour and live music. Sample a variety of summer beers from local, regional, national and international brewers. Admission: Free, but beer sampling tickets will be on sale. Information: 757-441-2345 or fest NORFOLK WATERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL When: Friday-Saturday, July 15-16; 5 to 11 p.m. Where: Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk Details: Two days of cool jazz in an outdoor setting. Friday’s lineup includes The Sax Pack and Brian Culbertson. Saturday’s lineup includes Geral Albright performing with Jonathan Butler, Jazz Funk Soul and Vivian Green. Admission: $30-$69 Information: 757-441-2345 or fest PORK, PEANUT AND PINE FESTIVAL When: Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17; 10 a.m. See FESTIVALS/Page 31


Festivals Continued from 30 to 5 p.m. each day Where: Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry County Details: Lots of good food, including a barbecue cook-off, all presented in an outdoor setting at one of the area’s historic plantations — a 1,400-acre farm established along the James River in 1619. Live entertainment both days. Admission: $5 per person, but 10 and under are free Information: 757-377-7495 or pork

September AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4 Where: Virginia Beach oceanfront Details: More than 30 bands, including national recording artists, perform on stages on the beach and along the oceanfront. This year’s roster has not yet been

announced, but the festival always draws a host of big names in a variety of genres. Admission: Most concerts are free, but some require tickets. Information: 757-385-7873 or beach RIBTOBERFEST & SOUTHERN FOODWAYS When: Saturday, Sept. 24. Noon to 8 p.m. Where: Town Point Park, Norfolk Details: A day of beer and barbecue, with live music and competitions among local restaurants. Admission: Free Information: 757-441-2345 or festeven

October FALL FESTIVAL OF FOLKLIFE When: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2 Where: Newport News Park, Jefferson Avenue and Fort Eustis Boulevard, Newport News Details: Southeast Virginia’s biggest crafts show featuring more than 200 vendors, folk musicians, craft demonstrations and children’s activities

Admission: Free, but $10 per car parking fee will be collected Information: AN OCCASION FOR THE ARTS When: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2 Where: Merchants Square, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg Details: Annual event features nearly 140 artists in various media, juried art show, children’s activities, entertainment on several stages and food Admission: Free Information: POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16 Where: Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson Details: A weekend celebrating the men and women who work by the bay and harvest its bounty. Features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, dozens of food vendors, watermen’s heritage display and fireworks. Lots and lots of fresh seafood. Admission: Free, but a $5 per car parking fee will be collected Information: poquosonseafoodfestival.

com YORKTOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION When: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16 Where: Yorktown Victory Center, Old Route 238, Yorktown Details: Marks the anniversary of the decisive Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Historic military life and tactics will be demonstrated. A parade will take place on Saturday. Information: 888-593-4682, historyis

November URBANNA OYSTER FESTIVAL When: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 Where: Throughout the town of Urbanna Details: Parade, arts and crafts, oysters cooked many different ways at this annual feast and celebration. Admission: Free Information: 804-758-0368, urbanna

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rom Civil War battlefields to the beach, many sites are within driving distance of Hampton Roads. You can learn about history while having fun in the sun.

1. Appomattox Court House, Appomattox The buildings and fields where Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army are still a peaceful place in the hills east of Lynchburg. Just down the road, check out the Museum of the Confederacy’s Appomattox Museum where visitors can see Lee’s sword. 434-352-8987, Ext. 223. 2. Ash Lawn-Highland and Montpelier, Charlottesville The Charlottesville area boasts not one but three presidents. Go north from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to check out James Madison’s newly restored Montpelier (540-672-2728, Or



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3. Belle Grove Plantation, Frederick County Visit the only antebellum plantation in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. It was built in 1797 for Isaac Hite and his wife, Nelly (sister of future President James Madison) and was the centerpiece of the Battle of Cedar Creek in the Civil War. Open to visitors March 21-Nov. 1with select hours in November and December. 540-8692028. 4. Cape Charles, Eastern Shore Eyre Hall and its beautiful gardens are the Eastern Shore’s entry into the historic mansion registry. Nearby Cape Charles gives you a wonderful view of the Chesapeake. 5. Fredericksburg


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Spend the morning and afternoon visiting the Civil War battlefields that surround this city (Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania Courthouse or the Fredericksburg battlefield) and easily go back into the historic town for a meal. 540-693-3200. frsp 6. George Washington Birthplace, Westmoreland County There are places besides Mount Vernon to walk in the first president’s footsteps along the Potomac River. This is where George Washington was born in 1732. 804-224-1732, Ext. 227. 7. Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk Escaped slaves hid within this 112,000acre wildlife refuge for bears, bobcats, minks and turtles in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. More than 100 miles of trails wind through the swamp. 757-986-3705.


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refuge/great_dismal_swamp 8. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Just over the state border sits the town John Brown invaded in 1859 to steal guns to arm a slave revolt. Now the town is a quiet, friendly mix of museums and stores at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. 304-535-6029. 9. John Marshall House, Richmond John Marshall built this urban plantation from 1788 to 1790 and lived there until his death in 1835 — during which time he helped steer the Federalist era as U.S. secretary of state and as the first important chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Weekend tours run March-December. 804648-7998. visit/ historic-properties/the-johnmarshall-house

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17. Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Petersburg State-of-the-art interactive displays lead you through life as a Civil War soldier. Murals place you in camp and battle scenes, where you are surrounded by the sounds of barked orders, hoofbeats, martial music from a brass band and the conversations of soldiers. 1-877-PAMPLIN.

10. MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk If you’re having trouble finding a history trip that interests the whole family, try the old City Hall in downtown Norfolk. It’s the final resting place of Douglas MacArthur, the World War II and Korean War general — and right next to an upscale mall named for him. Plus, it’s free. 757-441-2965. mac 11. Manassas Museum System In historic Manassas, site of two major Civil War battles, the Manassas Museum System consists of The Manassas Museum and six other historic sites, including Liberia Plantation and the Manassas Industrial School/Jennie Dean Memorial. 703368-1873. 12. Millionaire’s Row, Danville Built with the money from the textile factories that bloomed in Danville after the Civil War, this is one of the best collections of Victorian architecture in the South. 434-793-4636. millionaires-row.html 13. Monticello, Albemarle County Thomas Jefferson’s masterpiece home just south of Charlottesville shows his life with more color and humor than textbooks report; here he is equal parts grandfather and Founding Father. 434-984-9800. mon 14. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond This three-story site houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the Confederacy. While downtown, check out the White House of the Confederacy, the former executive mansion of Jefferson Davis. The MOC also operates a museum in Appomattox. 804-649-1861. 15. Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach There are many lighthouses along the edges of the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast, but this is one of the showpieces. It is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America, constructed around 1791. 757-4229421. toric-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse 16. Outer Banks, North Carolina Don’t let the other 7 million visitors or the drive scare you off from this 130-mile stretch of open, sandy beaches where Wilbur and Orville Wright went airborne. Route 168 is an easy drive, and the whole family can find something in the area’s mix of museums, miniature golf courses, kite

18. Pamunkey Indian Museum Members of the Pamunkey tribe still live on their ancestral homeland, a homeland that dates back to the Ice Age. Located in King William County, the reservation houses a museum that walks visitors through their rich history. It also houses a gift shop that features local crafts. Call for museum hours. 804-843-4792. 19. Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield Just southeast of Richmond, this park has a swimming pool, biking, hiking, camping, boating on Beaver Lake and an Algonquian Ecology Camp for environmental education. 804-796-4255 dcr. 20. Poe Museum, Richmond This museum boasts manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings of Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in early 19th-century Richmond. Open Tuesday-Sunday. 804-6485523. 21. Scotchtown, Hanover County Fiery Founding Father Patrick Henry’s home during the Revolutionary War is just a few miles west of Interstate 95. You can eat in nearby Ashland’s idyllic downtown, which still has a working train track. 804-648-1889. visit/property-detail/the-house-and-plan tation

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22. Skyline Drive, Page County Don’t wait for the fall foliage to drive atop the Appalachian Mountains and learn how mountain folk used to live. Any weekend will provide a wonderful drive along all or part of the 105-mile Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. 540-999-3500. 23. Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County This 1730s brick home in Virginia’s Northern Neck was the base for one of Virginia’s most powerful political families: the Lees. It was the birthplace of Robert E. See NEARBY/Page 54

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rom the earliest settlers to the first space explorers, Hampton Roads history museums and historic sites tell the 400-year-long story of our region’s continuous importance.

History museums 1. Air Power Park. Vintage military jets, missiles, rockets and children’s playground. Indoor exhibits, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Outdoor park, sunrise-sunset daily. Free. 413 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton. 757-727-8311. 2. Archaearium. Showcases artifacts from historic James Fort. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily with reduced winter hours. Included in admission to Colonial National Historical Park. $14 adults, free for children 15 and under. Western end of Colonial Parkway, James City County. 757-856-1250 or 757229-4997 ext. 100. visit 3. Casemate Museum. The story of America’s largest stone fort and such figures as Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham


Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily with reduced winter hours. Free. 20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton. 757-788-3391. 4. Chippokes Plantation/Farm and Forestry Museum. Antebellum plantation set on a working farm. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with reduced winter hours daily. Free, but parking fee of $4 weekdays, $5 weekends. 757-294-3625. 868 Plantation Road, Surry. 5. Colonial Williamsburg. World’s largest living history museum explores the history of Virginia’s 18th-century capital. Open daily. Exhibit building tickets start at $40.99 adults, $20.49 children 6-12. Visitor Center on Route 132Y, off Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg. 757-229-1000. 6. Gloucester Museum of History. Bacon’s Rebellion, botanist John Clayton and the county’s role in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See HISTORY/Page 36

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8. Hampton History Museum. Story of America’s oldest continuous English-speaking settlement. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults, $4 children 4-12. 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 757-727-1610.




10. Isle of Wight County Museum. 1913 bank building houses a country-store exhibit, Native American artifacts, War Memorial Gallery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 103 Main St., Smithfield. 757-357-0115. 11. Jamestown Settlement. Tells the story of America’s first permanent English settlement. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (with extended summer hours). $17 adults, $8 children 6-12. 2110 Jamestown Road (Route 31 S) near the Colonial Parkway, James City County. 253-4838. 12. Lightship Portsmouth Museum. 1915 lightship features re-created crew’s quarters fitted out with artifacts, uniforms, photographs and ship models. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday from March 6Memorial Day. Admission is by donation while the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum at 2 High St., is closed for renovation. Water and London streets, Portsmouth. 757-393-8591. 13. MacArthur Memorial. Memorabilia recounts career of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 198 Bank St., Norfolk. 757-441-2965. 14. Middlesex County Museum. Virginia’s oldest county museum displays Native American artifacts, military items and more related to Middlesex history. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Free. 777 General Puller Highway, Saluda. 804-758-3663. 15. Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House. 1794 house provides temporary setting for American art from the Chrysler Museum of Art. Noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. 601 E. Freemason St., Norfolk. 757-441-1526. 16. Old Coast Guard Station. Artifacts and audiovisual presentations tell the stories of the Life-Saving Service, Virginia shipwrecks and the World War II Battle of the Atlantic. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday with reduced winter hours. $4 adults, $2 children



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9. Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Explores landmark naval history of Hampton Roads. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Located on second floor of Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 757-322-2987.

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Museums 1. Air Power Park 2. Archaearium 3. Casemate Museum 4. Chippokes Plantation / Farm and Forestry Museum 5. Colonial Williamsburg 6. Gloucester Museum of History 7. Gwynn’s Island Museum 8. Hampton History Museum 9. Hampton Roads Naval Museum 10. Isle of Wight County Museum 11. Jamestown Settlement 12. Lightship Portsmouth Museum 13. MacArthur Memorial 14. Middlesex County Museum 15. Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House 16. Old Coast Guard Station 17. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 18. The Mariners’ Museum 19. U.S. Army Transportation Museum 20. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 21. Virginia War Museum 22. Watermen’s Museum 23. York County Historical Museum



Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $13.95 adults, $8.95 children 4-12. 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-5962222. 18. U.S. Army Transportation Museum. Historic vehicles from 1700s to present. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free. Besson Hall, 300 Washington Blvd., Fort Eustis, Newport News. 757-878-1115.



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24. Yorktown Victory Center Historic sites 25. Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum 26. Bacon’s Castle 27. Boykin’s Tavern 28. The Civil War at Endview 29. Fort Boykin Historic Park 30. Historic Jamestowne 31. Hunter House Victorian Museum 32. James River Plantations: Shirley, Berkeley, Sherwood Forest, Westover 33. Lee Hall Mansion 34. Moore House 35. Moses Myers House 36. Nelson House 37. Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center 38. Old Courthouse of 1750 39. Poor Potter Archaeological Site 40. Riddick’s Folly 41. Rosewell 42. St. John’s Church 43. St. Luke’s Church 44. Smith’s Fort Plantation 45. Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 46. Yorktown Battlefield 47. Yorktown Custom House

6-15. 24th Street and Boardwalk, Virginia Beach. 757-4221587. 17. The Mariners’ Museum. World-class collection of maritime artifacts, including gun turret and artifacts from Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-

19. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Honors state’s contributions to sports history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday with reduced winter hours. $7, children 2 and under free. 206 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-8031. 20. Virginia War Museum. One of the nation’s largest collections of military artifacts, uniforms, weapons and documents. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $6 children 7-18. 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-247-8523. 21. The Watermen’s Museum. Vintage artifacts, photographs and models recount the story of Virginia’s working watermen. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. $5 adults, free for children under 12. 309 Water St., Yorktown. 757-887-2641. 22. York County Historical Museum. Self-guided tours explore historic town’s past. Tuesday-Sunday (hours vary, call to confirm). Free. Lower level of York Hall, 301Main St., Yorktown. 757-898-4910. 23. Yorktown Victory Center. Exhibits explore the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Yorktown while living history displays re-create a Continental Army encampment and 1780s Tidewater farm. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with extended summer hours. $9.75 adults, $5.50 children 6-12. 200 Water St. (Route 1020) near the Colonial Parkway, York County. 757-887-1776.

Historic sites 24. Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum. Restored 1930s home depicts life in historic New Deal housing project built by blacks for black residents. Open by appointment. 57 N. Mary Peake Blvd., Hampton. 757-722-2345. aberdeenga 25. Bacon’s Castle. Built in 1665, the oldest documented brick house in English North America was the site of Nathaniel Bacon’s 1676 rebellion against English rule. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday March through December. Also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays during the summer. Closed during the winter. $8 adults, $5 students, children under 6 free. 465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, off Highway 10, Surry. 757-357-5976. 26. Boykin’s Tavern. This historic 1762 courthouse tavern was the long-time center of Isle of Wight County life. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and by appointment Saturdays. Free. 17146 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight. 757-357-5182. 27. The Civil War at Endview. 1700s house used as a Civil War hospital. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Friday, See HISTORY/Page 38




he treadmill is nice, but why pass up on experiencing the area’s natural setting for convenience, when you can let the green space and trails on the Peninsula take you away for a few hours? Some trails capitalize on the area’s natural setting while others simply provide a respite within the cityscape.

Beaverdam Park The hiking trail at Gloucester County’s biggest park offers anything from a short stroll to a 21-mile epic. Get a trail guide at trailheads or at the ranger station near the parking lot for an enlightening walk, with attractive views of the trail’s reservoir from various vantage points. From Main Street at Gloucester Court House, take Roaring Springs Road (Route 616) for about 3 miles. It runs into the park’s parking lot. 804-6932355.

Grandview Nature Preserve Get a glimpse of more than 475 acres of salt marsh, tidal creeks and Chesapeake Bay beachfront while at Grandview Nature Preserve. The preserve doesn’t offer any

of woods and wetlands with six miles of flat, woodland foot trails for easy walking. The longest trail hugs the shores of two lakes. Two entrances, off Big Bethel Road and off Hampton Roads Center Parkway. Open sunrise to sunset. 757-825-4657.

oasis. The centerpiece is the 2.6-mile White Oak Nature Trail. It starts near the park’s Interpretive Center, traverses a footbridge across the park’s reservoir, then turns right to make a wide loop around the lake. The park entrance is on Jefferson Avenue in upper Newport News, between Fort Eustis Boulevard and Yorktown Road. 757-886-7912.

facilities or staff members. A pathway, about a third of a mile long, leads from State Park Road (off Beach Road in Hampton’s Fox Hill area) to the beach. 757-8505134.

Matteson Trail The Matteson Trail offers a flat, asphalt path. In a few areas, tree roots have caused ripples in the asphalt, but it’s suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. The shady, leafy path follows the contours of The Hamptons golf course through deciduous woods. There are ponds along the path, too. Developed by a bird enthusiast, the trail has display boards depicting birds that may be seen along the way, including wrens, thrushes and bluebirds. The songs of the birds are a nice transition from the noise of the traffic on Magruder Boulevard you’ll hear at the beginning of the trail. The trail begins and ends near the Hampton Teen Center on Butler Farm Road. 757-766-9148.

Waller Mill Park A Williamsburg city park (actually in neighboring York County), Waller Mill Park offers trails with water views on 2,705 acres. The Lookout Tower Trail is 2.9 miles long. An asphalt trail, known as the Bike Path, will give you 4 miles of walking if you go all the way to the end and back. Or choose one of two shorter trails. Off Airport Road (Route 645). 757-259-3778.

The Noland Trail The 5-mile Noland Trail, in The Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, wraps around and over the 167-acre Lake Maury through 550 acres of deciduous woods. An ever-changing landscape maintains constant interest for the walker with views of the ironclad Monitor, the wide reaches of the lakes, and all the wildlife it supports. To get to the trail, follow J. Clyde Morris Boulevard until it becomes Avenue of Arts, then take a left on Museum Drive. Park on the right to start at the North Entrance. 757-596-2222.

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York River State Park Take advantage of York River State Park’s 22 trail options. This full-service park in Williamsburg offers trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Some trails are flat and broad, and a few go up bluffs and down gullies. There is a fee for parking. 757-566-3036.

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39. Riddick’s Folly. Restored 1837 Greek Revival house features permanent exhibits on Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. and Suffolk peanut industry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. WednesdayFriday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults, $3 children 3-12. 510 N. Main St., Suffolk. 757-934-0822. riddicks

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40. Rosewell. Imposing brick ruins of Colonial America’s grandest mansion, built in 1725, plus visitor center exhibits and archaeology lab. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayThursday and Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $2 children 6-12. 5113 Old Rosewell Lane, near Route 644, Gloucester. 804-693-2585.

28. Fort Boykin Historic Park. Originally constructed in 1623 and expanded during the Civil War, earthwork includes a walking history and garden tour and picnic area. 8 a.m.-dusk daily. Free. 7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Isle of Wight. 757-357-2291. 29. Historic Jamestowne. Site of the New World’s first permanent English-speaking settlement includes old Jamestown Church, National Park Service Visitor Center and archaeological museum. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Included in admission to Colonial National Historical Park ($14 adults, children 15 and under free). Western end of Colonial Parkway, James City County. 757-856-1250. historicjamestowne .org 30. Hunter House Victorian Museum. Changing interpretive exhibits and tours explore the Victorian period in this landmark 1894 structure. Tours 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday (April-December). $5 adults, $1 children 6-18. 240 W. Freemason St., Norfolk. 757-623-9814. hunterhousemuse 31. James River Plantations. Colonialperiod plantation houses, plus other structures of note. 804-829-2480. jamesriver Including: ■ Shirley. The oldest continuous family-

owned business and farm in North America dates to 1638. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $11 adults, $7.50 children 6-18. 501 Shirley Plantation Road, Charles City. 804-8295121. ■ Berkeley. Historic 1726 mansion was the

birthplace of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States. Colonists celebrated the first official Thanksgiving here in 1619. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily with reduced winter hours. $11 adults, $6 children 6-12. 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City. 888-466-6018.

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41. St. John’s Church. Historic 1728 church houses America’s oldest continuous English-speaking parish, founded in 1610. Open by request. 100 W. Queens Way, Hampton. 757-722-2567. An aerial view of Lee Hall Mansion, which is in Newport News, in 2015.

gardens date to mid-1800s. Grounds open daily. $10 adults, children 15 and under free. House tours by appointment. $35 adults, $25 children. 14501 John Tyler Memorial Highway, (Route 5), Charles City. 804-8295377. ■ Westover. This premier American ex-

ample of Georgian architecture was completed by famed Virginia planter, scholar and author William Byrd II around 1730. Grounds open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $5 adults, $2 children 7-16. Group tours of the interior available on request, $15 per person. 7000 Westover Road, Charles City. 804-8292882.

32. Lee Hall Mansion. Circa 1850 Italianate mansion served as Confederate headquarters during 1862 Siege of the Peninsula. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and ThursdaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $6 children 7-18. 163 Yorktown Road, Newport News. 757-888-3371. 33. Moore House. Site of negotiations that led to British surrender in the 1781 Battle of Yorktown. Call for hours. Admission included in Colonial National Historical Park ticket. $14 adults, children 15 and under free. Moore Lane and Hamilton Road, off Highway 238, Yorktown. 757-898-2410. 34. Moses Myers House. Federal dwelling provides picture of a prosperous Jewish family’s life in post-Revolutionary War Norfolk. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 323 E. Freemason St., Norfolk. 757-

333-1087. 35. Nelson House. Restored home of Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Nelson. Call for hours. Admission included in Colonial National Historical Park ticket. $14 adults, children 15 and under free. Main Street, Yorktown. 757-898-2410. york/historyculture/nelson-house.htm 36. Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center. Restored 1899 home of prominent black attorney and newspaper publisher J. Thomas Newsome. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $2 donation suggested. 2803 Oak Ave., Newport News. 757-247-2360. 37. Old Courthouse of 1750. Restored brick structure is one of only four surviving arcaded court buildings from Colonial Virginia. 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday with reduced winter hours. Free. 130 Main St., Smithfield. 757-357-5182. historic-properties/isle-of-wight-court house 38. Poor Potter Archaeological Site. Archaeological remains of the William Rogers pottery factory believed to be the largest known enterprise of its type in Colonial America. Call for hours. Admission included in Colonial National Historical Park ticket. $14 adults, children 15 and under free. Read Street, Yorktown. 757-898-2410. the-poor-potter-site.htm

42. St. Luke’s Church. Oldest surviving church building in America dates to 1600s. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday with reduced winter hours. $8 adults, $5 students, children under 6 are free. 14477 Benns Church Blvd., Isle of Wight. 757-357-3367. 43. Smith’s Fort Plantation. 1700s brick house with original woodwork built on land given to John Rolfe as a dowry gift for his marriage to Pocahontas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday with reduced winter hours. $8 adults, $5 students, free for children under 6. 217 Smith Fort Lane (off Highway 31), Surry. 757-294-3872. preservationvirgi 44. Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. Restored 1885 train station features large circa 1907 model railroad display. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Suggested donation: $2 adults, $1 children 12 and under. 326 N. Main St., Suffolk. 757-9234750. 45. Yorktown Battlefield. Site of the historic 1781 siege that ended the Revolutionary War. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission included in the Colonial National Historical Park ticket, $14 adults, children 15 and under free. Eastern end of Colonial Parkway, Yorktown. 757-898-2410. 46. Yorktown Custom House. Historic brick warehouse is believed to be America’s oldest surviving custom house. 1-4 p.m. Sunday between Memorial Day and Oct. 19. Free. 410 Main St., Yorktown. 757-898-7789.



very year is an election year in Virginia, a quirk of the state’s unique political structure. Governors are chosen in odd-numbered years, always the year after the presidential election. (New Jersey is the only other state on that schedule.) Governors can serve no more than two four-year terms, and the terms may not be successive. The 40 state senators are elected at the same time as governors, and also serve four-year terms. Members of the House — 100 in all — are elected every two years, also in oddnumbered years. Legislative sessions alternate between 45 and 60 days and begin in January — legislators are considered part-time.

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U.S. House of Representatives Note: A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has redrawn the four Hampton Roads congressional districts in a case that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on by the end of 2016. If the appeals court ruling stands, the new map was to be used for the November 2016 elections. Because of that uncertainty, districts are not included for the four lawmakers listed below. Their contact information will remain the same until a new Congress is seated in January 2017. REP. J. RANDY FORBES

R-Chesapeake Washington, D.C., office: 2135 Rayburn

D-Newport News Washington, D.C., office: 1201 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515 Phone: 202-225-8351 Hampton Roads office: 2600 Washington Ave., Suite 1010, Newport News, Va. 23607 Phone: 757-380-1000 Contact online at REP. ROB WITTMAN

R-Westmoreland Washington, D.C., office: 2454 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-4261 Yorktown office: 401 Main St., P.O. Box 494, Yorktown, Va. 23690 Phone: 757-874-6687 Contact online at


Phone: 804-786-2211 Contact online at 1111 East Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23219 LT. GOV. RALPH S. NORTHAM (D)

Phone: 804-786-2078 Email: 102 Governor St., Richmond, Va., 23219, PO Box 1195, Richmond, Va. 23218 ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK R. HERRING (D)

Phone: 804-786-2071 Contact online at 900 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23219


Virginia State Senate SEN. LYNWOOD W. LEWIS JR. (D)

6th District: includes Mathews County Phone: 804-698-7506, 757-787-1094 Email:, P.O. Box 760, Accomac, Va. 23301


98th District: includes Gloucester and Mathews counties Phone: 804-698-1098, 804-277-9801 Email:, P.O. Box 928, Urbanna, Va. 23175 DEL. S. CHRIS JONES (R)


2nd District: parts of Hampton, Newport News City, Portsmouth and York County Phone: 804-698-7502, 757-825-5880 Email:, P.O. Box 9048, Hampton, Va. 23670 SEN. LOUISE LUCAS (D)

18th District: parts of Isle of Wight County and Suffolk Phone: 804-698-7518, 757-397-8209 Email:, P.O. Box 700, Portsmouth, Va. 23705-0700 SEN. RYAN MCDOUGLE (R)

4th District: includes Middlesex County Phone: 804-698-7504, 804-730-1026 Email: P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, Va. 23111 VACANT

State Sen. John Miller died in April. A special election was scheduled for after press time to choose a replacement. The email address remains the same. 1st District: parts of Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, parts of James City and York counties, and all of Williamsburg Email: SEN. THOMAS K. NORMENT JR. (R)

3rd District: includes Gloucester and New Kent counties, Poquoson and parts of Hampton, Suffolk and Isle of Wight, York and James City counties Phone: 804-698-7503, 757-259-7810 Email:, P.O. Box 6205, Williamsburg, Va. 23188

Virginia House of Delegates DEL. GORDON HELSEL (R)

91st District: includes Poquoson; parts of Hampton, York County Phone: 804-698-1091, 757-969-9036 Email: 2A Victory Blvd., P.O. Box 2571, Poquoson, Va. 23662

76th District: includes part of Suffolk Phone: 804-698-1076, 757-483-6242 Email: P.O. Box 5059, Suffolk, Va. 23435-0059 DEL. T. MONTY MASON (D)

93rd District: Williamsburg, parts of Newport News and James City and York counties Phone: 804-698-1093, (757) 229-9310 Email: 120 Monticello Ave. Suite 102, Williamsburg, Va. 23185 Note: Mason is running for Senate District 1 and will vacate this seat if he wins. DEL. RICK L. MORRIS (R)

64th District: includes parts of Isle of Wight County and Suffolk Phone: 804-698-1064, 757-912-1644 Email: P.O. Box 128, Carrollton, Va. 23314 DEL. BRENDA POGGE (R)

96th District: parts of Newport News, James City and York counties Phone: 804-698-1096, 757-223-9690 Email: 1201 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23185 P.O. Box 196, Norge, VA 23127 DEL. MARCIA “CIA” PRICE (D)

95th District: parts of Hampton, Newport News Phone: 804-698-1095, (757) 266-5935 Email: P.O. Box 196, Newport News, Va. 23607 DEL. JEION WARD (D)

92nd District: part of Hampton Phone: 804-698-1092, 757-827-5921 Email: P.O. Box 7310, Hampton, Va. 23666 DEL. DAVID YANCEY (R)

94th District: part of Newport News Phone: 804-698-1094, 757-897-3953 Email: P.O. Box 1163, Newport News, Va. 23601

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ommunity colleges, online programs, traditional bachelor’s degrees and more are available here in Hampton Roads.

with a graduate center in Newport News. Private. Programs include education administration, leadership development, human resources and engineering management. 269-4949.

Bryant & Stratton College. Hampton. Private. The facility at Peninsula Town Center opened in 2010. It offers 13 fulland part-time associate and bachelor’s degree programs in fields such as business, human resources and nursing, professional development and certificates, and includes a fully functional medical assisting lab. 896-6001. Christopher Newport University. Newport News. Public. Offers more than 80 academic majors and programs for about 5,000 students. Offers master’s degrees in three disciplines. The Ferguson Center for the Arts provides a hands-on training venue for students and year-round events and performances for the public. The Trible Library houses special collections in addition to multimedia facilities and the university’s main library. 594-7000. College of William and Mary. Williamsburg. Public. The second-oldest university in the nation. Liberal-arts education for about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Arts and sciences, business administration, education, law, marine science and public-policy programs. The university’s Peninsula Center is at 11828 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 112, Newport News. The university’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science/School of Marine Science is at Gloucester Point in Gloucester County. The university’s Richard Bland College, a junior college, is near Petersburg. 221-4000. Eastern Virginia Medical School. Norfolk. Public. About 1,000 students in certificate, master’s and doctorate degree

Hampton University. Hampton. Private. One of the nation’s best known historically black universities. Serves more than 4,200 students. Offers 89 programs in a wide range of technical and liberal arts disciplines from certificate to doctoral degrees. Hampton U Online, the web-based virtual campus of Hampton University, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. 727-5000.

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programs and 325 more in medical residency training. Affiliated with 30 health care facilities across Hampton Roads. 446-5600. ECPI. Private. Offers programs in technology, health sciences, business and culinary arts at locations in Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. 844-334-4466. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Florida-based, with students at branch campuses at Hampton Roads military bases. Private. Undergraduate programs in aviation maintenance management, technical management and professional aeronautics. Graduate programs also offered. 887-0980 at Fort Eustis; 325-6272 at Langley Air Force Base; 440-5078 at Naval Station Norfolk; 437-8061 at Naval Air Station Oceana. George Washington University. Washington, D.C.-based,

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xplore animals, plants and planets at these museums, which offer exhibits that please parents and children alike.

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Strayer University. Campuses in Newport News, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and online. Private. Offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration, accounting, business, education and information technology. stray 888-311-0355.

Animals, plants and planets are all covered at area museums. Many of the museums, notably the Air & Space Center and the Virginia Living Museum, have exhibits that kids love.

Thomas Nelson Community College. Hampton, Newport News and Williamsburg-area campuses serving more than 11,000 students. Public. More than 100 degrees and certificates in transfer or occupational programs in business, public services, information systems, mathematics, communications, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science and allied health. Workforce training through the Peninsula Workforce Development Center. 825-2800. Tidewater Community College. Campuses in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth; as well as a Center for Workforce Solutions in Suffolk. Public. General academic courses; career-oriented programs in areas such as automotive technology, computer networking, culinary arts, health professions and job-skills training for employment or promotion. Serves more than 30,000 students. 822-1122 Troy University. Alabama-based, with online offerings and Hampton Roads support site in Chesapeake. Private. Offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, such as business management, criminal justice, political science, psychology, social science, and sports and fitness management. 512-2000

1. Bluebird Gap Farm. 60-acre nature center with 250 domestic and wild animals, picnic area, nature trail, playground and master gardeners display. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Free. 60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton. 827-4750. 2. Children’s Museum of Virginia. Hands-on exhibits exploring physical science, a train and toy collection and a planetarium. Adults (18 and older) $11; children ages 2-17 $10; military and seniors $10. Children 2 and under free. Members free. Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Mondays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 221 High St., Portsmouth. 393-5258. childrens 3. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center. Interactive exhibits on naval power and maritime commerce, as well as live sea creatures, films and displays on weather. Memorial Day-Labor Day open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Otherwise, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $15.95; children (4-12) $11.50; 3 and under free; seniors and AAA $14.95; military $12.95. 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 664-1000.

Virginia Tech. Public. The Hampton Roads centers offer classes in Newport News and Virginia Beach, with graduate programs in engineering and education. 804-6627288. Virginia Wesleyan College. Located on the Norfolk-Virginia Beach boundary. Private. About 1,300 students enrolled in more than 40 majors and programs in humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. Adult study program offered. 455-3200.

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1. Bluebird Gap Farm 2. Children’s Museum of Virginia 3. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center 4. Norfolk Botanical Gardens 5. SPCA Exotic Animal Sanctuary & Petting Zoo

6. Virginia Air & Space Center 7. Virginia Living Museum 8. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 9. Virginia Zoological Park 10. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

roses, rhododendrons and other specimens. Boat and tram tours. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1-Oct. 15; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Oct. 16. Adults $12; seniors and military $10; children and youth (3-17) $10; members and toddlers 2 and under free. 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk. 441-5830. See SCIENCE/Page 43


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4. Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 155-acre park features more than 20 themed gardens with azaleas, camellias,

University of Virginia. Public. The Newport News extension center offers programs and services for nontraditional adult learners. In addition to adult degree programs, students can select from a range of undergraduate/postbaccalaureate, graduate or professional noncredit certificate programs. location-detail/newport-news. 594-0792.




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Continued from 42 5. Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. Nearly 100 animals, including antelopes, deer, llamas, goats, sheep, otters, peacocks, kangaroos and tigers. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Adults $2; children 3-12 $1; 2 and under free. 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. 595-1399. 6. Virginia Air & Space Center. Official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base traces Hampton’s historic links to the story of flight and the birth of America’s space program. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibits: Members free. Nonmembers (includes free IMAX films): adults $18; seniors (65+) $16; active military, NASA $15; children (3-18) $14.50. 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton. 727-0900. 7. Virginia Living Museum. Explores Virginia’s natural heritage through indoor and outdoor exhibits combining elements of a wildlife park, science museum, botanical garden, aviary, aquarium, observatory and cafe. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Summer hours June 2-Sept. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. Members free. Nonmembers: adults $17; children (3-12) $13; 2 and under free. Planetarium extra. 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News.

8. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.Nationally ranked attraction features more than 700,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, nature trail, marshlands, outdoor aviary and interactive exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adults $22; seniors (62+) and military with ID $20; military senior with ID $18; children (3-11) $15; military children (3-11) $13. IMAX films extra. 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach. 385FISH. 9. Virginia Zoological Park. 53-acre park features nearly 400 animals ranging from African elephants to Siberian tigers, including many on view in an 8-acre expansion based on Africa’s Okavango Delta. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed major winter holidays. Adults $14.95; seniors (62+) $12.95; military and AAA $13.95; children (2-11), AAA seniors and military seniors $11.95; military child $10.95. Free for members, Norfolk college students with ID, individuals with ADA-recognized disability and one companion. Train extra. 3500 Granby St., Norfolk. 441-2374. 10. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, also known as Jefferson Lab. Department of Energy nuclear physics laboratory that explores the building blocks of matter, such as quarks and gluons. Closed to the public but opens its doors during special events, including student science competitions. Check the lab’s website for more information: 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 269-7100.


ampton Roads — and the Peninsula in particular — boasts an array of world-class research facilities. Here are some notables:

NASA Langley Research Center: The center in Hampton will soon celebrate its 100th birthday. Founded in 1917 as the nation’s first civilian aeronautics laboratory, NASA Langley built its name on aeronautics research. Nearly every commercial and military plane produced in this country has been tested at its wind tunnels. Its engineers helped push pilots past the sound barrier and continue today to make significant contributions toward making air travel faster, safer, quieter and more fuel-efficient. The center was also the original training site for NASA’s first astronauts in the Mercury program — Neil Armstrong practiced moon landings at its massive gantry. It was NASA Langley that led the mission that put the two Viking landers on Mars in 1976 — the first successful landers on the Red Planet in the first attempt to detect life there. And it was Langley researchers who conducted millions of computer simulations that allowed the Curiosity rover to land safely on Mars in 2012 to search for evidence that the Red Planet once supported life. Now its researchers are involved in the post-Space Shuttle era of exploration. Several teams are working on various aspects of the next-generation Space Launch System rockets and Orion crew capsule, both key to sending U.S. astronauts back into space again from Ameri-

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility: The facility is a national nuclear physics laboratory in Newport News operated by Jefferson Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy. Known as Jefferson Lab, its equipment allows scientists from around the globe to peer inside the nucleus of the atom to study quarks and gluons — the building blocks of matter. It has about a million square feet of building space sitting on 169 acres and an annual budget of nearly $150 million, mostly from the DOE. Since 2009, its underground Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, called CEBAF, has been undergoing a $340 million upgrade to double its energy from 6 giga-electron volts to 12 giga-electron volts. With this much power, physicists will gain an even deeper look into atomic structures. See RESEARCH/Page 44

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ach year, the region’s three major local health systems — Bon Secours, Riverside and Sentara — continue to add procedures and expand facilities to upgrade their services. All implemented electronic health records some years ago, but recently joined a common platform, Epic, which facilitates the sharing of patient information at point of care. Riverside Health System, based on the Peninsula, added a 250,000-square-foot addition, the Pavilion, to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News in early 2013. In May 2013, it opened the Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg. The health system continues to expand with plans to spend $296 million on its facilities in Newport News and James City and Gloucester counties in the next five years. Surgeons at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News use the MAKOplasty technique, a computer-assisted robot, for hip replacement and partial knee replacement. Orthopedic surgeons from across the country and overseas have visited to learn the procedure. With more “minimally invasive” orthopedic procedures, it is increasingly offering them on an outpatient basis. The hospital renovated two of its operating rooms in early 2016, adding state-of-the-art integrated educational video equipment, which allows surgeons to teach techniques, methods and procedures. Sentara Healthcare continues to expand its heart programs, and its Norfolk hospital is a transplant center. It also has a dedicated orthopedic wing at the CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, and has introduced 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, at several sites in the region. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute offers treatment primarily for prostate, breast, head and neck cancers. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton tripled the space for women’s health care when a clinic opened in fall 2012 and also expanded its mental health care for

veterans; more recently, it has converted an administrative wing into patient care rooms and has added evening and weekend clinics to accommodate the rapid growth in patients. Wait times for primary care patients dropped to below 10 days by August 2015.

Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. 757594-2000, Full-service 450-bed hospital, emergency room and Level II Trauma Center. Also certified as a primary stroke center. Riverside’s flagship hospital.

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Continued from 43 The upgrade will be completed in 2017. Now the lab is also hoping to become DOE’s chosen site for a proposed underground Electron Ion Collider, a $1 billion device that would study quantum chromodynamics, the theory of strong interactions between quarks and gluons. Scientists at Jefferson Lab also use their knowledge of particle physics for technologies that benefit mankind. One team developed imaging devices that detect smaller cancer tumors than standard meth44


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Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, 5818 Harbour View Blvd, Suffolk. 757-673-5800, The faith-based facility offers a 24-hour emergency department designated as an accredited chest pain center. Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, 2 Bernadine Drive, Newport News. 757-8866000, The faith-based facility offers maternity services, a liver institute, digital mammography and orthopedic specialists, among other services. Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. 757-6687000, The state’s only freestanding children’s hospital serves the region. A satellite facility, Health & Surgery Center at Oyster Point, is at 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News. Eastern Virginia Medical School, a multispecialty academic practice operating at more than 20 locations in Hampton Roads. Specialties range from primary care to medical and surgical specialists to radiation oncology. 757-446-5600, Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, 40 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton. 877-251-6838, Proton therapy is a noninvasive, focused radiation treatment. Riverside Doctors’ Hospital, 1500 Commonwealth Ave., Williamsburg. 757-5852200, Opened in May 2013; emergency department, certified as a primary stroke center.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: The institute provides research, education and guidance to government, industry and the community. It also operates the School of Marine Science, a graduate school of the College of William and Mary. Many scientists there focus their research on the beleaguered Chesapeake Bay, but VIMS’ expertise is noted around the world, including the effects of climate

Sentara CarePlex Hospital, 3000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. 757-736-1000, sen A 224-bed acute care hospital and certified primary stroke center. Has a dedicated orthopedic wing. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk. 757-388-3000. A 525-bed facility and Level I Trauma Center. The heart hospital is a transplant center and is involved in cutting-edge research. Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk. 757-934-4000. A 168-bed fullservice hospital. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg. 757-984-6000. A 145-bed facility; certified as primary stroke center.

Military hospitals USAF Hospital, Langley Air Force Base, 77 Nealy Ave., Hampton. 757-225-7630. McDonald Army Health Center, 576 Jefferson Ave., Fort Eustis. 757-314-7500. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth. 757-953-5000. Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton. 757-722-9961,

change on coral reefs and polar food webs. Local projects include studying how pollution harms the bay, investigating fish kills and algae blooms and seeking to restore the bay’s depleted oyster population. VIMS also has restoration programs focusing on the bay’s seagrass and blue crab stock. The institute was chartered in 1940 and is located on the York River at Gloucester Point. Eastern Virginia Medical School: EVMS is one of the only schools of medicine and health professions in the country founded by the community for the community. It opened in Norfolk in 1973 and since then has graduated more than 5,000 health

Safety net clinics Community Free Clinic. Provides primary medical and dental care for uninsured Peninsula residents. 727 25th St., Newport News. 757-594-4060, Lackey Free Clinic. Provides primary medical and dental care, as well as counseling and specialty services for the uninsured who meet income requirements. Serves residents of York County, Williamsburg, Poqouson, James City and Newport News. 1620 Old Williamsburg Road, York County. 757-8860608, Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center. Provides comprehensive health care (including obstetrical) to uninsured, Medicaid and Medicare patients. 5249 Olde Towne Road, Suite D, Williamsburg. 757-259-3258, Southeastern Virginia Health System. Multiple locations serving the uninsured and underinsured. Payments are based on a sliding fee scale. 757-380-8709,

Community mental health Colonial Behavioral Health, 1657 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg. Serves Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City County and York County at multiple locations. 757-220-3200, Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, 300 Medical Drive, Hampton. Serves residents of Hampton and Newport News at multiple locations. 757-7880300, Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board. Multiple locations;; emergency hotline: 1-800-5422673.

professionals, with nearly 3,500 alumni practicing around the state. It’s a nationally known education and research center, and its faculty members see patients and conduct research in a wide range of specialties, such as cancer, diabetes, geriatrics, women’s health and sleep medicine. Research in reproductive medicine conducted at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine led to the birth of the nation’s first child through in vitro fertilization. Every day, EVMS Medical Group physicians and surgeons care for more than 1,000 people. And every year, the facility has an $824 million impact on the regional economy.

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NATURE PARKS Charles City County

Brown Park. Twenty acres with creek view developed by volunteers. SkateSpot is open, and disc golf and a dog park are in the works. Foster Road, off of Route 14 east of Courthouse. Gloucester Point Beach Park. Picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, beach, swimming, playground, picnic areas with grills, concession stand. Fishing pier, outdoor shower and public boat ramp. 1255 Greate Road, Gloucester Point. Tyndall’s Point Park. Named after Robert Tyndall, who charted the James and York rivers in 1608. York River fort, used during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, was located at the site. Picnic area, earthworks, interpretive trail. 1376 Vernon St. Woodville Park. Hundred-acre nature park. Soccer, walking trails, nature path, memorial garden and pond. More athletic fields and trails are planned. Bray’s Point Road off Route 17 at Seawell’s Ordinary light. 3904 Woodville Park Road.

Hampton Hampton Parks and Recreation. 727-6348. parks Air Power Park. Fifteen-acre park displaying the air power that was crucial to America’s early space exploration and aircraft testing. Free. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Wheelchair accessible. 413 W. Mercury Blvd. 726-0650. Bluebird Gap Farm. A 60-acre farm with more than 150 domestic and wild animals, picnic shelter with grill, antique display barn, playground, nature trail, display garden and arboretum. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday to Monday. 60 Pine Chapel Road. 827-2765. 3. Briarfield Park. A 49-acre athletic park. Softball, tennis, playground, picnic shelters, fitness trail, playground,



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Outlook Beach. Public beach open from sunrise to sunset. Gullick Drive on Fort Monroe. Ridgway Park. 8 acres. Picnic shelter, playground and dog park. Open sunrise to sunset daily. 85 E. Mercury Blvd. 17. Sandy Bottom Nature Park. 456 acres. Nature center, camping, picnic shelters, fishing, canoe, dog park, paddle boat rentals, walking and biking nature trails, exhibits, classrooms and playground. Wheelchair accessible. 1255 Big Bethel Road. 825-4657.







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9. Grandview Nature Preserve. Marshland, beach area. Endangered birds and other wildlife. Open year round from sunrise to sunset. No wheelchair access. State Park Drive, off Beach Road in northeast Hampton. Mill Point Park. Hampton River waterfront. Amphitheater seating for 300. Wheelchair accessible. Open 7 a.m.-sunset daily. 100 Eaton St.


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Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation. 357-2291.

Note: Not all parks are shown here.

4. Carrollton Nike Park. Softball and soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, a fishing pier, nature and mountain bike trails, skate park, playground, senior center, recreation hall and multipurpose room. Park open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week. 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton. 357-2291. 7. Fort Boykin Historic Park. A part of American history since 1623, constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era. Picnic shelter, beach access. Open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. 7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Smithfield. 357-0115. Fort Huger Historic Park. Used during the Civil War for the defense of Richmond. Self-guided tour. Open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. 15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield. 357-0115. Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area. Interpretive walking trail, wildlife observation, fishing, hunting. Foot of James River Bridge. Riverview Park. Baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, game area, restrooms, shelter with tables, gazebo, playground, exercise court and trail, fenced tot lot. James Street, Smithfield.




Isle of Wight County Camptown Park. Community center, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, picnic shelter, softball field and soccer fields. 33475 Carver Road, Franklin. 569-9810.



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Ark Park. Home of the Gloucester County fair. Basketball, playground, soccer, softball, picnic area, restrooms. 7963 Number Nine Road (2.5 miles north of Gloucester Courthouse).

Gosnold’s Hope Park. 105-acre park has picnic shelters, campsites, boat ramp with kayak launch, fitness trail, athletic fields and playground. 901E. Little Back River Road. 850-5116.



Abingdon Park. Picnic area and shelter, soccer, softball, restrooms. Next to Abingdon Elementary School, 7087 Powhatan Drive.

Carousel Park. Wooden carousel from 1920. Has 48 horses and two chariots. Hours vary so call ahead. Rides are $2. 602 Settlers Landing Road. 727-0900.



Gloucester County Parks and Recreation. 804-693-2355.

Buckroe Beach and Park. Swimming, kayak and paddle boat rentals, playground, picnic shelters by reservation. Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Wheelchair accessible. North First Street at end of Pembroke Avenue. 850-5134.




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restrooms. Open 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Wheelchair accessible. 1560 Briarfield Road. 726-8750.

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Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area. Bird watching, hunting, fishing, shooting range, public boat access. An access permit is needed for visitors ages 17 and older who do not have a Virginia hunting or fishing license or boating registration. Route 5 and Chickahominy River. 12510 Eagles Nest Road. 804-829-5336.



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Mid County Park Mount Trashmore Newport News Park New Quarter Park Poquoson Municipal Park and Pool Sandy Bottom Nature Park Sleepy Hole Park Town Point Park Upper County Park Waller Mill Park York River State Park

Windsor Castle Park. Walking and biking trails, kayak and canoe launch, dog park, picnic area, orchards, fishing pier and Windsor Castle historic site. Entrance to bike path is beside the dog park. Free. Open dawn to dusk daily. 301 Jericho Road, downtown Smithfield. 365-4200.

James City County James City County Parks and Recreation. 259-3200. Chickahominy Riverfront Park. 140-acre facility on the Chickahominy River. Includes two outdoor swimming pools, playground, boat ramp and rentals, fishing pier, campsites. 1350 John Tyler Highway. 258-5020. Diascund Reservoir. Open for boating access and fishing. Public boat landing hours: one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. 9551 Diascund Reservoir Park Road, off Route 60, Lanexa. 259-5360. 8. Freedom Park. 689 acres including the Williamsburg Botanical “Ellipse Garden.” Hiking and biking trails. Open daily 7 a.m. to sunset. 5537 Centerville Road. 259-4022. Jamestown Beach Park. Picnic area, charcoal grills, See PARKS/Page 48

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The 7,711-acre park offers arboretum, archery, bike rentals and trails, campgrounds and a boat ramp, just to name a few features.

Continued from 46 restored beach, observation pier. 2205 Jamestown Road (next to the ferry). 757-2595360. Little Creek Reservoir Park. Fishing pier, boat launch, ramp and dock, picnic shelters, playground, concessions, boat and motor rentals. 180 Lakeview Drive, Toano. 5661702. 12. Mid County Park. Picnic shelters, Kidsburg playground, softball, tennis, pickleball, basketball, baseball, volleyball and fitness trails. 3793 Ironbound Road. 2595360. Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway. Part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network; provides access to Jamestown Island and the James River. Small boat/canoe launch with parking for 20 vehicles. Five fishing piers. 1831 Jamestown Road. 259-5360. 20. Upper County Park. Outdoor swimming pool, sand volleyball, basketball, multiuse trails, 3.5-mile mountain bike trail, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and playground. 180 Leisure Road, Toano. 566-1451 (summer) or 259-5360.

Newport News Newport News Parks and Recreation. 13560 Jefferson Ave. 757-886-7912. Rentals (camping and picnic shelters) 757-888-3333. parks-and-recreation Anderson Park and Peterson’s Yacht Basin. Athletic field, basketball, beach, biking, interpretive programs, saltwater fishing, picnic shelters, baseball/softball, tennis, playground, public boat ramp and restrooms. Not wheelchair accessible. 16th Street and Oak Avenue. Beechlake Park. Basketball, freshwater fishing, geocaching, playground and hiking trails. End of Longmeadow Drive. 886-7912. Christopher Newport Park. Floral gardens, greenspace, views of the shipyard and coal piers. 29th Street and West Avenue. Deer Park. Athletic fields, basketball, playground, geocaching, interpretive programs, freshwater fishing, gardens, freshwater lake, shelters, hiking trails, picnic shelters and restrooms. Wheelchair accessible. 11523 Jefferson Ave. 886-7912. Denbigh Park and Boat Ramp. Boat ramp, saltwater fishing pier, geocaching, nature trail, overlooks Warwick River. Launch permit required. Wheelchair accessible. End of Denbigh Boulevard. Huntington Park. Virginia War Museum, Fort Fun playground, fishing pier, beach,



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public boat ramp, volleyball, tennis, rose garden, C&O steam locomotive, lighted athletic fields, snacks, restrooms. Wheelchair accessible. Off West Mercury Boulevard near James River Bridge. 886-7912; special events, 888-3333. James River Fishing Pier. Located in Newport News next to the James River Bridge in Huntington Park. 2019 James River Bridge, Newport News. Open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, closed during winter months. Call 757-247-0364 for latest information. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children. A new pier was built in 2015 and is about half the length of the old pier. King-Lincoln Park. Beach, shelters, saltwater fishing pier, playground, stage, tennis, athletic field, basketball, interpretive center, restrooms. 600 Jefferson Ave. 886-7912. The Mariners’ Museum Park. More than 550 acres featuring Lake Maury, Lions Bridge, paddle boat rentals and the 5-mile Noland Trail. 100 Museum Drive. 596-2222. Newport News Park. 7,711-acre park offers arboretum, archery, bike rentals and trails, campgrounds, boat ramp, boat, canoe and paddle boat rentals, pier, disc golf, horseback riding, freshwater fishing, picnic shelters, aeromodelers flying field, playgrounds, volleyball, floral gardens, stages, trails, golf course, driving range, eateries and restrooms. Discovery Center. 13560 Jefferson Ave. 886-7912. Riverview Farm Park. Soccer fields, visitors center, dog park, nature trail, picnic shelters, gymnastics center, Fantasy Farm playground, concession stand, wheelchair accessible. 105 City Farm Road, across from Menchville High School. Open sunrise to sunset. 886-7912. Stoney Run Park. Athletic fields, with trails, fishing and more in development. 15110 Warwick Blvd. 886-7868.

Norfolk Town Point Park. City park with outdoor amphitheater that hosts weekend festivals. Waterside Drive. 441-2345. venues/town-point-park.

Poquoson Poquoson Parks and Recreation. 868-3580. Messick Point Boat Ramp. Two double boat ramps, 50 vehicle/trailer parking spaces. Handicapped-accessible. At the end of Messick Road. Oxford Run Canal Trail. Walking trail. City Hall, 500 City Hall Ave. Park Street Little League Softball/Baseball Complex. Lighted baseball and softball fields. Park Street. Phillips Park. Kids Island playground, soccer and baseball fields and tennis courts. 51 Odd Road. 16. Poquoson Municipal Park and Pool. Pool, picnic shelter, softball fields. 830 Poquoson Ave. South Lawson Park. Multipurpose athletic fields, walking trail. South Lawson Road.

Suffolk Suffolk Parks and Recreation. 134 S. 6th St. 514-7250. 2. Bennett’s Creek Park. Fishing, pier, boat ramps, disc golf, picnic shelters, skate park, nature trail, tennis courts and restrooms. Off Shoulders Hill Road, Route 659. 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. 484-3984. Lake Meade Park. Playground, lighted tennis courts, picnic area, restrooms, walking trail, skateboard area, dog park. 201 Holly Lawn Parkway. 514-7250. Lone Star Lakes Park. Wilderness park, 11 lakes. Crabbing, freshwater fishing piers, playground, horse and hiking trails, picnic area, model-airplane flying field, archery range. 401Kings Highway. 255-4032. 18. Sleepy Hole Park. Picnic shelters, horseshoes, playground, trails, volleyball, fishing, children’s learning garden. 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. 923-2385.

Surry County 5. Chippokes Plantation State Park. 1,947 acres. Two miles of James River frontage. Picnic areas, pool, walking and biking trails,

visitors’ center, gardens, farm and forestry museum, and mansion tours. Campground and cabins. Rentals available for weddings. 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry. (Route 634, off Route 10). 294-3625. www.dcr.virginia .gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation .shtml. Hog Island Wildlife Management Area. Seasonal hunting. Fishing. Trails, ponds, bird watching and hiking. Public boat ramp. 7938 Hog Island Road (end of Route 650). 804-829-6580.

Virginia Beach 6. First Landing State Park. 2,888 acres. Indoor aquariums, water sports rentals, boat ramp and small beach for boating, fishing and crabbing on Broad Bay, hiking and biking trails, cabin rentals and a campground. Beach restricted to campers. Picnic shelter and conference room rentals, bicycle rentals, visitors’ center. 2500 Shore Drive. 412-2300. 13. Mount Trashmore. 165 acres. Former landfill turned recreation hill. Kids’ playgrounds, fishing, picnic shelters, paths, volleyball, horseshoes, outdoor fitness stations, skate park and restrooms. 310 Edwin Drive. 473-5237.

Williamsburg Williamsburg Parks and Recreation. 259-3760. Bicentennial Park. Greenspace. Near the National Center for State Courts, 320 Court Street. College Landing Park. Scenic park with picnic areas, lookout tower, marsh and boardwalk. 1070 S. Henry St. Highland Park Community Park. Two acres. Picnic areas, playground, half-court basketball court, picnic shelter and grills. 703 North Henry Street. Kiwanis Municipal Park. 27 acres. Lighted baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, playground, picnic shelter. 125 Longhill Road. Quarterpath Park. 23 acres. Recreation center, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, aerobics and dance rooms, pool, playground, three lighted softball fields. 202 Quarterpath Road, off Route 60 East. 259-3766 (pool), 259-3760 (recreation center). Redoubt Park. Two redoubts, historic interpretation and scenic views. 510 Quarterpath Road. 21. Waller Mill Park. Lake, pier, boat and canoe rentals, fishing, nature and fitness trails, disc golf, playground, lookout-tower See PARKS/Page 49



freshwater fishing pier, shelters and trails. Oriana Road. 888-3333.

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Kiln Creek Park. 21 acres. Soccer field, baseball field, basketball court, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground and restrooms. Located in Kiln Creek subdivision, 2901 Kiln Creek Parkway.

trail, observation tower, senior citizens walking trail, picnic tables, play fields, shelters, cornhole game and fishing pole rentals. Separate dog park. 901Airport Road. 259-3778.

York County York County Parks and Recreation. 100 County Drive. 890-3500. parksandrec Back Creek Park. Tennis courts, boat and kayak launching, picnic areas with grills, tennis practice wall and ball machine for rent, restrooms. 3000 Goodwin Neck Road, Dandy. 890-3850. Charles Brown Park. Tennis, basketball, baseball, playground, community service center, picnic shelter. Wheelchair accessible. 1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Lackey. 890-3500. 10. Harwood’s Mill. Boat ramp, boat and canoe rentals (weekends from Memorial Day to October), mountain bike trail,

15. New Quarter Park. 545 acres. Youth mountain bike trail, picnic pavilions, hiking, biking, basketball, boat ramps, piers, fishing, disc golf, playground, horseshoes, softball, volleyball and restrooms. Wheelchair accessible. 1000 Lakeshead Drive. 757-890-5840. Wolf Trap Park. Soccer, restrooms, ponds and the county’s Memorial Tree Grove. 1009 Wolftrap Road. 22. York River State Park. 2,531-acre park offers boat ramps, picnic area, playground, visitors’ center, hiking, biking and horse trails, guided canoe trips, fossil hikes, “ghost night” hikes, wildlife observations, seasonal boat and recreational equipment rentals. 9801York River Park Road. 566-3036. .shtml. Yorktown Waterfront. Two acres of beachfront, fishing pier, boat docks, swimming, grassy picnic area, restrooms, trail. 425 Water St.

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Three-year-old Thaira Layne jumps as waves roll ashore at Buckroe Beach.


hanks to the ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and multiple rivers, beaches are plentiful in Hampton Roads. So, weather permitting, break out your blanket and sunscreen and head for a beach near you.

Gloucester GLOUCESTER POINT BEACH PARK. 1255 Greate Road, near the Coleman Bridge on the York River, across from Yorktown Beach. Swimming: Yes, but a portion of the beach area is restricted by the current. Lifeguards: No. Public restrooms: Yes (seasonally). Other: Concession stand (seasonally); picnic tables and grills; picnic shelter available for rent; boat ramps; playground; self-guided history walk; two boat landings; saltwater fishing pier: free fishing, license provided. Location: Off Route 17 on the Gloucester side of the Coleman Bridge, next to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. GloucesterPointBeachPark/tabid/1035/Default.aspx



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Hampton BUCKROE BEACH AND PARK. North First Street. An extensive beach, Buckroe was once a boardwalk amusement park. Today it has open, grassy areas with shops and restaurants nearby. Kayaks and paddle boats are available for rent. A small amphitheater and two picnic shelters are available for rent. No dogs allowed on the beach May 15 to Sept. 15. Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Public restrooms: Yes, May 15 to Sept. 15. Location: Pembroke Avenue and Mallory Street, Hampton. 850-5116. FORT MONROE. The closing of Fort Monroe as a military base has opened up areas of Chesapeake Bay beachfront to public access. The city now operates a small stretch of beach near the former community center. There’s a large parking lot with free parking. Lifeguards: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (hours may change) Memorial

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Day to Labor Day. Public restrooms: Portable toilets. Location: On Fort Monroe; access through Phoebus. beaches GRANDVIEW NATURE PRESERVE AND BEACH. State Park Drive. A “no-service beach” on Chesapeake Bay, featuring privacy and nature; limited parking. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: No. Public restrooms: No. Restrictions: No pets May 15 to Sept. 15; no alcohol, camping, fires, motorized vehicles. Location: At the edge of Grandview Nature Preserve in the Fox Hill section of Hampton. A trail winds through the park to the beach. See BEACHES/Page 51



beaches on Chesapeake Bay near stores, restaurants and bars. Multiple access points; picnic tables; free parking. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in summer. Public restrooms: Yes. Locations: Three beaches anchor intersections along Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk — Sarah Constant Beach Park, Community Beach Park and Ocean View Beach Park; 757-441-1605, ties/Facility/Details/34

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Newport News HUNTINGTON PARK BEACH. Beach on James River; popular with families. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. Swimming: Yes, but water is shallow. Designated swimming area during summer. Lifeguards: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Public restrooms: Yes. Other: Concession stand; picnic shelters for rent; playground; boat ramp. Location: 5500 W. Mercury Blvd., Newport News, at the end base of the James River Bridge. 886-7912; 888-3333. parks_huntington.php KING-LINCOLN PARK. Neighborhood beach and park with 2,200 feet of shoreline on Hampton Roads Harbor. Hours: Sunrise to sunset. Swimming: Yes, but water is shallow. Lifeguards: No. Public restrooms: Yes. Other: Basketball courts; playgrounds;

Virginia Beach Joel Spiller lifts up a sand bucket and daughter Nalini, 3, prepares to step on it while playing at Buckroe Beach in Hampton.

three picnic shelters; tennis courts. Location: 600 Jefferson Ave. 886-7912.


OCEANFRONT. Atlantic Ocean beach; weekend crowds, high-rise hotels, T-shirt shops, bars. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: Yes. Other: Surfing in restricted area during certain hours, starting at 1st Street for 500 feet. Public restrooms: At 17th, 24th and 30th streets on the Boardwalk, open all year. Location: Along Atlantic Avenue. 491-7866; SANDBRIDGE. Atlantic Ocean; quiet and peaceful compared with the commercial

strip at Virginia Beach. Popular with surfers, kayakers and wind jockeys. Parking lots near the two most popular entrances. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Public restrooms: Yes. Location: Several miles south of the Virginia Beach strip, off Sandbridge Road. 800-822-3224. hes/sandbridge

York YORKTOWN BEACH. On the York River, at the edge of historic Yorktown. Shops, attractions, restaurants and bars nearby. The fishing pier is open year-round, no license required. The beach and freight shed can be booked for weddings, company outings, picnics, receptions, family reunions and other approved uses. The beach picnic area is open from April 1 to Oct. 31 from dawn to dusk. Swimming: Yes. Lifeguards: No. Public restrooms: Yes. Location: Along Water Street in Yorktown, just off Route 17. 890-3300.

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ith its many waterways, Hampton Roads is a dream for fishing enthusiasts. Fishing can be done from piers, shorelines and by boat, with plenty of saltwater and freshwater options. It is important to know the licensing rules and fishing regulations before you make your first cast. Freshwater regulations can be found on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at dgif For saltwater regulations, visit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission website at A saltwater license is sufficient in the Chesapeake Bay and most Hampton Roads tidal waters, including the lower James River (downstream of the line between Hog Island and College Creek), lower York River (downstream of the Route 33 bridge) and Elizabeth River (north of Great Bridge Locks). Freshwater licenses are required when fishing lakes, reservoirs and ponds, as well as portions of rivers and creeks not designated as saltwater. If you aren’t sure whether you need one license or both, contact the VMRC, game and inland fisheries, or ask the experts at your local bait and tackle shop. It is always best to ask and make certain you are completely legal. Licenses can be purchased online, at most local bait shops, and at some retail locations that sell fishing gear. A license is not required if you are under 16, or if you are 65 and over. Those 65 and older fishing in saltwater areas are required to register for free each year with the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program. This can be done online at Common saltwater gamefish in the lower Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries include black drum, cobia, croaker, flounder, gray trout (weakfish), red drum (smaller fish referred to as “puppy drum”), spot, spotted seatrout (speckled trout, specks), striped bass (rockfish) and tautog. Many of these species move in and out of area waters seasonally, with water temperature and migratory patterns playing a key role. Many other species frequent the bay, particularly during the summer months. Saltwater baits and methods vary depending on the species. Crab, squid, shrimp, bunker (menhaden) and bloodworms are common natural baits. A range of artificials — bucktail jigs, soft plastic grubs, plugs and lures — are commonly used. If you’ve never dropped a line in the water before, a piece of cut squid or bloodworm on a hook with a little bit of weight to keep it on the bottom will usually entice a bite if croaker or spot are in the area. Offshore, many pelagic species and bottom fish are available in Atlantic Ocean



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Robert Hoehn gets in some fishing at Harwood’s Mill near Oriana Road as storm clouds move into the area.

waters. Blue crabs, oysters and clams are also abundant in the area’s tidal reaches. Each carries its own set of regulations. Current rules are available on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission website. If you need clarification on any of the rules, email addresses and phone numbers for VMRC personnel can be found on the website’s Contact Us page. Common freshwater catches include largemouth bass, striped bass, several varieties of panfish, catfish and crappie (speckled perch). Baits and methods vary widely. When going fishing, always: ■ Have your fishing license and a photo ID ■ Wear sunscreen ■ Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated ■ Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return

Flounder. A favorite catch of the bay’s small-boat fishermen, commonly caught around bridges and other underwater structures.

Common saltwater gamefish

Tautog. Found around structures in deeper water.

Striped bass. The most popular gamefish in the Chesapeake Bay. Fish can only be kept during specific spring and fall seasons.

Croaker. The most common catch in the bay, and found almost everywhere. Gray trout. Also known as weakfish, gray trout can be caught from many of the area’s piers. Spotted seatrout. Common in shallow waters during the late spring, summer and fall. Red drum. Smaller fish referred to as puppy drum. These aggressive feeders are found in large numbers throughout the area. Cobia. A summer visitor, cobia is the largest gamefish available to area anglers.

NOTE: Saltwater fishing regulations can change monthly. Be sure you check the regulations before you go fishing.

Common freshwater gamefish Largemouth bass. All local reservoirs are stocked with them. Chain pickerel. A member of the pike family, most active in cooler weather. Crappie. These slab-like fish are a delight to catch on ultralight spinning gear. Catfish. Abundant in the reservoirs and the James River. Striped bass. A number of reservoirs have been stocked with striped bass. Panfish. These include sunfish, bluegill and perch.

Boat ramps The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries maintains a number of public boat ramps. There is no charge to use these ramps. The department also publishes free brochures that show the ramps’ locations. See FISHING/Page 53


Shawn Dudley Jr. and his son, Shawn III, drop their lines in the Warwick River.

Fishing Continued from 52 You can pick up a brochure at local marinas or request one by calling the department in Richmond at 804-367-1000. Website: dgif Here are some of the public ramps in the Peninsula area: ■ Gloucester Point. Off Route 1208 in Gloucester Point on the York River. ■ Huntington Park. Near the foot of the James River Bridge in Newport News. ■ Dandy Point. On the Back River in the Fox Hill section of Hampton. ■ Warwick River. At the end of Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News. ■ Messick Point. At the end of Messick Road in Poquoson. ■ Back Creek Park. Off Goodwin Neck Road on the way to Dandy in York County.

Boating safety requirement In Virginia, people operating a personal watercraft are required to carry proof that they have completed a boating safety course. The safety certificate requirement

also applies to anyone 50 or younger operating a motorboat. This extends to motorboat operators of any age on July 1, 2016.

Fishing piers Pay piers: ■ Buckroe Pier: Open 24 hours every day from April 1 to Dec. 31 and houses rod rentals, a snack shop and a bait shop. Daily admission ranges from $6 to $8. Monthly and seasonal passes are available. 330 S. Resort Blvd. in Hampton. Call 757-727-1486 or visit Details/47. ■ James River Fishing Pier: Located in Newport News next to the James River Bridge in Huntington Park. 2019 James River Bridge, Newport News. Open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, closed during winter months. Call 757-247-0364 for latest information. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children. A new pier was built in 2015 and is about half the length of the old pier. Free piers: Hours vary for free-access piers, but sunrise to sunset is a good rule of thumb for your first visit. A valid saltwater fishing license is required unless otherwise indicated.

■ Hilton Pier (James River, in Newport

News, behind Hilton Elementary School) ■ Denbigh Park (Warwick River, in Newport News, far west end of Denbigh Boulevard) ■ Peterson’s Yacht Basin (Hampton Roads, in Newport News, on Chesapeake Avenue) ■ Monitor-Merrimac Overlook and KingLincoln Pier (Hampton Roads, in Newport News, near King-Lincoln Park) ■ Engineers Fishing Pier (Chesapeake Bay, in Hampton, on Fort Monroe) ■ Rodgers A. Smith Landing (Poquoson River, in York County, end of Tide Mill Road) ■ Yorktown Fishing Pier* (York River, at Yorktown Beach) ■ Gloucester Point* (York River, in Gloucester Point, near Coleman Bridge) ■ Croaker Landing Pier** (York River, at York River State Park in upper York County) *No fishing license required at these locations. **No fishing license required, but there is a car fee to enter the park.

Reservoirs and lakes Most reservoirs were built in the early to

mid-1900s as water-supply systems for Hampton Roads. The state has stocked many of these reservoirs with a variety of gamefish. Basic information about most freshwater bodies can be found at dgif.vir Beaverdam: 635 acres. Good largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and panfish angling. Two boat ramps, boat and canoe rentals and picnic facilities. Launch fee is $6 for boats, $3 for canoes. Annual launch passes are available. Park hours vary by month, but always open by 7:30 a.m. and never close before 5 p.m. Open every day except Christmas. 8687 Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. 804-693-2107. gloucester Burnt Mills Reservoir: 711 acres. Largemouth bass and panfish are the main catches. At Route 602 and Route 603 in Suffolk. City of Norfolk boat permit required. Gas motors must be less than 10 horsepower. Open sunrise to sunset. Information available from the Norfolk Department of Utilities reservoir manager, 757-441-5678. More information at waterbodies. See FISHING/Page 54

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27. Virginia Military Institute, Lexington War buffs can walk the parade grounds, learn about George C. Marshall’s role in World War II, then walk through the town’s historic shopping district to the home of Stonewall Jackson. 540-464-7334.

Lee, general of the Confederate Army. 804-493-8038. 24. Tangier Island, Chesapeake Bay You need to get up early to get to Reedville by 10 a.m. for the cruise ship to take you to this tiny, beautiful island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. But it is well worth the trip to eat there and experience this enclave of watermen who still speak a dialect that can be traced to the first English settlers. 25. Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond On the banks of the James River stand the burned walls of one of the Confederacy’s main weapons factories. But there’s enough structure left to house a nice visitor’s center that will also point you to the Civil War battlefields around Richmond. Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar that opened in the cannon foundry. 804-771-2145. egar.html 26. The Valentine, Richmond Previously called the Valentine Museum, this institution reminds us that the capital city’s history doesn’t end with its burning at the end of the Civil War. After that, Richmond became a power center for newly freed blacks, the base for the cigarette manufacturing industry and one

Fishing Continued from 53 Chickahominy Lake: 1,230 acres. This 8-mile-long reservoir along the line between New Kent and Charles City counties is one of the top fishing spots in the state. There are no public boat ramps on the lake. For private ramp information and launch fees, contact Ed Allen’s Campground (804966-5368) or Eagles Landing (804-9669094). Harwood’s Mill Reservoir. 265 acres. Private boat launch and shoreline fishing permits are required. Permits can be obtained at Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area on Oriana Road on weekends and holidays from May to October, 7 a.m. to sunset. At all other times, permits must be obtained at the Newport News Park campsite office at 13564 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. Boat rentals are available when the Harwood’s Mill Fishing Area office is open. Stocked



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28. Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg With quilting regaining popularity, these inspiring works of art connect women of the Civil War to examples of early sewing machines and artists today. 540-433-3818. 29. Walton’s Mountain Museum, Nelson County Join other fans of the 1970s TV drama “The Waltons” and see replicas of JohnBoy’s bedroom, the Waltons’ kitchen and their living room. Show creator Earl Hamner Jr. grew up in this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 434-831-2000. wal 30. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton The first home of our 28th president is one of the few presidential birthplaces open to the public. The site features his touring car, a large exhibit about his leadership in World War I, his library and a boxwood garden in the steep backyard. 540-8850897. A plane flies across Tangier Island, which is in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

with largemouth bass, channel catfish and sunfish. 757-886-7912 or 757-888-3333. Lake Maury (The Mariners’ Museum Lake). 165 acres. Bank fishing is only allowed near the boat house and the new dock. Boats, canoes and paddle boats are available for rental. No private boats are allowed on the lake. Fishing is catch-andrelease only, and a fishing license is required. There is a $5 fee to fish from designated areas and docks. 757-591-7799 and 757-591-7718. terbodies. Lake Prince. 946 acres. Excellent fishing for striped bass, largemouth, shellcracker (sunfish) and chain pickerel. Boat ramp located on Route 604 near Suffolk. Norfolk boat permits required. Gas motors limited to less than 10 horsepower. Bank fishing is restricted. Open sunrise to sunset. More information at waterbodies. Lee Hall Reservoir. 230 acres. Large-

mouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie and sunfish are the main catches. Boat rentals and private launch permits are available. Pier and shoreline fishing requires a permit, which can be obtained daily from 7 a.m. to sunset at Newport News Park Campsite Office, or at the Lee Hall Fishing Area concession 10 a.m. to sunset on weekends and holidays from May-September. Inside Newport News Park. 757-886-7912 or 757888-3333. Little Creek. 996 acres. Boat ramp and boat/canoe/kayak rentals. No rentals available on Tuesday or Thursday. Electric motors only. Boat launch fee is $5 for residents, $8 for nonresidents. Off Forge Road on Lakeview Road (Route 610) in Toano. Open all year, 7 p.m. to sunset on weekdays and 6 a.m. to sunset on weekends and holidays. No charge to fish from pier. 757-5661702. More information at jamescitycounty Lake Meade and Lake Cohoon. Each about 500 acres. Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie and panfish are the main

catches. Boat ramp available. Boat permit required from the City of Portsmouth. Pitchkettle Road in Suffolk. For more information, call the Cohoon-Meade Fishing Station at 757-397-4215 or visit dgif.virgi Sandy Bottom Park Pond. 12 acres. Fishing — catch-and-release for largemouth bass — is allowed from the pier or from boat rentals only. Anyone 16 or older must have a state freshwater license. Located at 1255 Big Bethel Road in Hampton. For more information, call 757-825-4657 or visit hamp Waller Mill. 360 acres. A picturesque reservoir featuring striped bass, largemouth bass and panfish. Boat ramp available. Boat rentals may not be available due to ongoing construction, so visitors planning to rent should call ahead. In Williamsburg’s Waller Mill Park, located on Airport Road (Route 645). Open all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Hours vary. 757-259-3778. More information at wil

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Cycling If you love the active outdoor lifestyle, the Peninsula offers plenty of opportunities for cycling enthusiasts. Courses and trailways in the Tidewater region tend to be flat but are often scenic, offering meadow and woodland views. Many trails and courses are open to riders of all experience levels, and there are organizations to help find a ride that’s right for you. REGIONAL EVENTS Bike Virginia. The organization hosts its annual Bike Virginia Tour in June with more than six days of routes around Woodstock and Harrisonburg this year. 8005-C Creighton Parkway No. 205, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Visit for more information. GROUP RIDES Peninsula Bicycling Association. Group rides throughout the Peninsula and monthly meetings. P.O. Box 12115, Newport News, 23612-2115. Contact President Sharon Bochman at and include PBA in the subject line. Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Group rides several times per week year-round, mostly in Williamsburg. Coordinates Bike Month during May. P.O. Box 2222, Williamsburg, 23187-2222. Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association. Group often rides at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, Freedom Park and York River State Park, among other places.

Golf Hit the links. Golf is a favorite pastime in Hampton Roads. The PGA and LPGA have made stops at the area’s courses, some of which were designed by legendary golfers. Fees can vary widely by season, day, even time of day, whether you’re walking or riding and other factors. Call ahead for tee times and prices. Bide-A-Wee Golf Course. Public. Rates vary by season. 1 Bide-A-Wee Drive, Portsmouth. 757-393-8600. Colonial Heritage Club, Williamsburg. Private. Open to the public. Rates vary by season, tee time. 757-645-2030. Cypress Creek Golfers’ Club. Designed by local golf legend Curtis Strange. Semiprivate. Rates vary by season, tee time. 600 Cypress Creek Parkway, off Route 10

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Bypass in Smithfield. 757-365-4774. Deer Cove Golf Course. Civilians, $13 (nine holes open) daily, $20 for 18 holes. Carts $8 for nine holes, $13 for 18 holes. Active military, $10 for nine holes, $15 for 18 holes. Retired military, $11 for nine holes, $17 for 18 holes. Need to be able to get on base. 108 Sanda Ave. at the end of Route 199 at Colonial Parkway in York County. 757-887-6539. Eaglewood Golf Course. For military, Department of Defense employees, dependents and guests. Raptor course also has a driving range. Rates vary by military status, day and time of day. Joint Base LangleyEustis. Ford’s Colony. Semiprivate. Various levels of membership available, and courses are also open to nonmembers. 54 holes (Marsh Hawk, Blackheath and Blue Heron courses). 240 Ford’s Colony Drive, Williamsburg. 757-258-4100. Clubs/Ford-s-Colony-Country-Club/. Gloucester Country Club. Weekends: $28 per person for 18 holes with cart; $14 to walk, unlimited holes; hand cart rental $1.50. Weekdays: $27 for 18 holes with cart, $20 for nine holes with cart. Senior rates available on weekdays. Golf Club Road, off Route 17, Gloucester. 804-693-2662. Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Hosted the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2007 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship. Features three courses: the Gold, the Green and the Spotswood. Contact the golf club about membership rates. 401 South England St., Williamsburg. 757-220-7696. wellness-and-recreation/golf/ The Hamptons. 27 holes: The Woods, The Lakes and The Links each have nine. 18 holes, $19 weekdays; $21 on weekends, with cart fee $10.70. Golf lessons available with PGA pro Gary Anderson. 320 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. 757-766-9148. Honey Bee Golf Club. Public. Rates range between $27-$37 weekdays, $27-$47 weekends and holidays. Prices include tax and


cart. Lower rates for associate members. Discounts for seniors, military and first responders on weekdays. 2500 S. Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-4712768. Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club. Semiprivate. Contact golf course for rates. Head Professional Ed Collins. 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News, 23602. 757-9883220. Kingsmill Golf Club. Private. Must be a member or resort guest to play. Championship courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Tom Clark and Curtis Strange. River Course, Plantation Course, Woods Course. Rates vary by season, tee time. 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, 23185. 757-253-3906. Kiskiack Golf Club. Semiprivate. Rates vary by day, tee time, lower rates for members and guests. Nine-hole games offered. 8104 Club Drive, Williamsburg, just off the Croaker exit on I-64. 757-5662200. Lambert’s Point. Nine holes. Mon.-Fri. $15 with cart, $11 without cart. Weekends $17 with cart, $12 without cart. To play an 18-hole game, add $5 to weekday rates and $7 to weekend rates. Located at Old Dominion University. 757-489-1677. Links at City Park. Nine holes. 5 Cpl J M Williams Ave., Portsmouth City Park. 757-465-1500. Nansemond River Golf Club. Call for rates. 1000 Hillpoint Blvd. Suffolk. 757-5394356. Newport News Golf Club. Deer Run and Cardinal Championship courses. Fees vary by course and time of day. 901 Clubhouse Way, Newport News. 757-886-7925. Ocean View Golf Course. Public. $25 on weekdays before 9 a.m., $28 1-4 p.m., $20 after 4 p.m. $36 on weekends until 11 a.m., $30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 1-4 p.m. $20 after 4 p.m. 9610 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk. 757-480-2094. Piankatank River Golf Club. Semiprivate. $39 on weekdays, $52 on the weekends. 6198 Stormont Road, Hartsfield in Middlesex County. 804-776-6516. Pines Golf Course. 27 holes. Rates vary by military status, day and time of day. Fort Eustis, Newport News. 757-878-2252.

Riverfront Golf Club. $49.50-59.50 weekdays; $59.50-$69.50 on weekends. Lower rates available to Virginia residents and active duty military. Twilight rates. 5200 River Club Drive, Suffolk. 757-484-2200. Sewells Point Golf Course. Military: Monday-Thursday 18 holes $31 with cart, $18 without cart. 9 holes $18.50 with cart, $10 without cart. Twilight (after 3 p.m.) $20 Monday-Thursday, $25 Friday-Sunday and holidays. Civilian: Monday-Thursday 18 holes $39 with cart, $26 without cart. 9 holes $25.50 with cart, $17 without cart. Twilight $25 Monday-Thursday $30 Friday-Sunday and holidays. Department of Defense rates available. Military course at Norfolk Naval Station. 757-444-5572. The Club at Viniterra. Designed by Rees Jones and open to the public. Call for pricing and to schedule tee times. 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent. 804-932-3888. Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent. Semiprivate. Rates vary by day, tee time, includes cart. Memberships available. Interstate 64 to exit 214, Route 155, New Kent County. 804-966-7023. Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse. Semiprivate. Rates vary by day, tee time, includes cart. Memberships available. Take I-64 to exit 227, take 30 North and the course is about a half-mile on your right, in James City. 9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano. 757-566-1138. Sleepy Hole Golf Course. Public. Regular rates $26-$53. Senior and twilight rates. . 4700 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk. 757-5384100. Suffolk Golf Course. Public. Rates vary by day, tee time. Rates include cart. 1227 Holland Road, Suffolk. 757-539-6298. Virginia Beach National. Call for rates, which include green and cart fees. Discounts for Virginia residents, military and seniors offered. Memberships available. Pete Dye and Curtis Strange designed the course, formerly known as the TPC of Virginia Beach. 2500 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach. 757-563-9440. Williamsburg National. Rates vary by day, season. Two courses. Designed by Tom Clark. 3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg. 757-826-5732. See GREAT/Page 56

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Continued from 55 The Woodlands Golf Course. Public. $17 for 18 holes on weekdays. $19 for 18 holes on weekends. Cart not included. Specials available. After 1 p.m. $10 every day through summer. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 757-727-1195.

Hunting Public hunting areas in Hampton Roads: Chickahominy WMA. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, doves and waterfowl can be hunted at Chickahominy. The area boasts abundant white-tailed deer, as well as turkeys that use the area extensively and squirrels, which are plentiful most years. It also sustains fair quail and rabbit populations, and ducks are commonly seen in beaver ponds and tidal waters near the area. Hunters of waterfowl are allowed access on a first-come, first-served basis. They are allowed to use floating blinds but not stationary blinds. 12510 Eagles Nest Road, Charles City. The area can be approached from U.S. Route 60 at Providence Forge by taking state Highway 155 south, then left onto Route 614, left on 615 and bear right onto 623. Hog Island WMA. On the Hog Island Tract, hunting with a gun is only allowed for waterfowl, which is strictly controlled. Those wishing to hunt there must submit an application through the agency quota hunt system, and a drawing takes place in mid-October. Hunters chosen through the drawing. Hunters who are chosen can use department-constructed blinds that accommodate three hunters each. The Carlisle Tract, where deer, dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit and turkey can be hunted, is open to the general public under general regulations, or as posted. 7938 Hog Island Road, Surry. The area is accessed from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617. Dismal Swamp Tract of Cavalier WMA. As it’s home to black bears, deer, quails, rabbits, squirrels and songbirds, firearms are not allowed on the Dismal Swamp tract, though they can be used on the 3,800-acre main tract of Cavalier WMA about six miles southeast. Archery tackle, including longbows, recurve bows, compound bows and crossbows, can be used to hunt any legal species in season. Hunters don’t need a lottery hunt authorization to hunt on the Dismal Swamp tract. 51427 George Washington Hwy S, Chesapeake. Take Route 17 south to Ballahack Road. Go left on Ballahack for 1.5 miles, and the entrance to



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Ragged Island WMA. Deer can be found in the pine islands and on other high ground. Raccoons, rabbits, foxes and squirrels are also in the area. Waterfowl, such as black ducks, mallards, scaup, gadwall, ruddy ducks, buffleheads and goldeneyes, can be hunted by jumpshooting the ponds and creeks, as well as using licensed blinds on the wider creeks or on the James River. The marshes are also places to spot clapper rails. The area is bisected by U.S. Routes 17 and 258, and state Route 32, southwest of Newport News and Hampton at the southern end of the James River Bridge.

Rowing Give your arms a workout. Whether you want to row for fun or competitively, the choice is yours. Hampton Roads Rowing Club. Rowing on the Lafayette River in Norfolk, dedicated to all levels of rowers. The group participates in local and national regattas. Rowing classes available. 1650 Willow Wood Road, Norfolk. 757-852-9644.

Rugby Newport News Rugby Football Club. Practices at Crittenden Middle School, with games on Saturdays. Open to members all over the Peninsula. Information:

Running If you like the thrill of competing or training with others, the Colonial Road Runners and the Peninsula Track Club offer plenty of local opportunities. Colonial Road Runners. Based in Williamsburg but serves runners from throughout southeastern Virginia. Organizes races, social events, daily group runs and weekly tempo run sessions at Warhill Trail and speed-work interval sessions Wednesdays at Walsingham Academy. Open to men and women of all ages. Races (each with run/walk between 5 and 10 kilometers, often along with 1-mile fun run) held annually in CRR Grand Prix 22-event series from February to December. P.O. Box 657, Williamsburg, 23187. Rick Platt, 757-229-7375 or 757-345-1431. See for schedule and Peninsula Track Club. Has about 35 races a year, ranging from 5-kilometer events to half-marathons, including many summer

events, along with social events. P.O. Box 11116, Newport News, 23601. Joe Harney, 757-810-0928. for information about fees. 931 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg. 757-253-3945.

Ft. Eustis Hash House Harriers. Group runs every other Saturday through trails in Newport News, Hampton, York County and Williamsburg, combined with social events. Join group at FEH3-Hash/.

Howard Mast Tennis Complex. Public. 10 hard courts, four lighted. Tennis ball machine available for rental, tennis lessons offered. 201 Holly Lawn Parkway, Suffolk. 757-514-7243.

Tidewater Hash House Harriers. Regular group events on the Peninsula and Southside. For more information, visit

Sailing If being on the water is your style, there are opportunities for you. There are boat rentals, charter and group tours, or if you have your own watercraft, boat ramps. The Peninsula is sandwiched between several rivers, including the James, York and Hampton, and the Chesapeake Bay. Hampton Yacht Club. Private club with docks on the Hampton River. Offers educational programs, monthly meetings, sailing training for adults and seniors, and hosts races. 4707 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 757-722-0711.

Tennis Back Creek Park. Public. Open through October. Six lighted outdoor hard courts. $4 an hour before 5 p.m., $8 an hour after 5 p.m. Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. TuesdayThursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Staff not on duty on weekends, but players can call for weekend-play lock combinations. 3000 Goodwin Neck Road. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation. 757-890-3850. Hampton Tennis Center. Public. Open from April to October. Seven lighted outdoor clay courts. Memberships available. Leagues, lessons, clinics, camps offered. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 757-727-1193. Huntington Park. Public. 20 hard outdoor courts with lights. Open 3-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, $5.50 per hour per court. Leagues and private lessons available. Also offers racquet stringing, ball machine and backboard. 340 Hornet Circle, Newport News. 757-926-1507. Kingsmill. Private, available to members or resort guests only. 13 clay courts and two hard courts. Private/group lessons, junior clinics available. Reservations are not required but recommended. Visit

McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Semiprivate. Six indoor courts. Hours and rates vary. Ball-machine rental available. College of William and Mary, 705 S. Henry St., Williamsburg. 757-221-7378. Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center. Private. Three indoor hard courts and six hydra-clay outdoor courts at Newport News location. 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 757-875-7525. Outdoor court at Gloucester location. 7516 Hospital Drive, Gloucester. 757-693-8888. Two Rivers Country Club. Private. Four hard courts (two lighted) and six clay courts (all lighted). 1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg. 757-258-4607. Williamsburg Inn. Semiprivate. Memberships available for families, individuals and juniors, and courts are available for hotel guests in Colonial Williamsburg. Six clay and two hard courts. Opens mid-March. Teaching pro available and pro shop. 136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg. 757-2207794.

Multiple-sport facility Boo Williams SportsPlex. Opened in 2008, 135,000-square-foot sportsplex. Seats 4,000. Eight basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, eight indoor field hockey fields, competition track surface. Court rentals available. 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton 23666. 757-637-7300 and

Baseball Norfolk Tides. Triple-A International League. Play from April-September, with home games at Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk 23510. 757-622-2222 or Peninsula Pilots. Coastal Plain League (college players). Play from May-August, with home games at War Memorial Stadium, 1889 West Pembroke Ave., Hampton 23661. 757-245-2222 or penin

Hockey Norfolk Admirals. ECHL. Play from October-April, with home games at Scope Arena, 201 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk 23510. 757-640-1212 or




ooking for restaurants in Hampton Roads? The diversity of the region is reflected in its dining choices. Whether you favor sushi, local crabs or crunchy tacos, there’s plenty waiting for you. It’s a changing scene, so be on the lookout for new places to open. Legend — $$$: most entrees $17 or more; $$: most entrees $12 to $17; $: most entrees $12 or below.

Gloucester and Mathews The White Dog Bistro. $$$. 68 Church St., Mathews. 804-725-7680. thewhitedog Olivia’s in the Village. $$. 6597 Main St., Gloucester. 804-694-0057. oliviasinthe Wild Rabbit Café. $. 6558 Main St., Gloucester. 804-694-5100. wildrabbitcafe Lulu Birds Kitchen. $$. 6553 Main St., Gloucester. 804-210-1417. Daffodil Vintage On Main. $. 6604 Main St., Gloucester. 757-694-6310. daffodil See DINING/Page 59

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1. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Nationally acclaimed American folk art collection features paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, works on paper and toys. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily with reduced hours in winter and some holidays. $12.99 adults, $6.49 children 6-17 (includes admission to other Colonial Williamsburg museums). Enter through the Public Hospital of 1773. 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg. 757-220-7693. 2. Chrysler Museum of Art. A $24 million expansion and renovation showcases nearly 40,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art, including European and American painting and sculpture, a world-renowned glass collection and distinguished photography galleries as well as surveys of African, Asian, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian and Islamic art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. One Memorial Place, Norfolk. 757-664-6200. 3. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Nationally acclaimed collection of late 17th-, 18th- and early 19thcentury English and American decorative arts. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily with reduced hours in winter and some holidays. $12.99 adults, $6.49 children 6-17 (includes admission to other Colonial Williamsburg museums). Enter through the Public Hospital of 1773. 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg. 757-220-7693. 4. Hampton University Museum. Changing exhibitions of African-American and African art, plus nationally acclaimed collections of Native American and African art. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Huntington Building, 11 Frissell Ave., Hampton University, Hampton. 757-727-5308. 5. Hermitage Museum & Gardens. An early 20th century mansion with 13 galleries of period art and furnishings, plus a changing exhibit gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Special exhibitions $12 adults, $8 children 5-12, free for members, active duty military and children under 5. 7637 N. Shore Road, Norfolk. 757-423-2052. 6. Muscarelle Museum of Art/College of William and Mary. Changing exhibits of contemporary and period art, plus a nationally known collection of Colonial-era paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission varies for changing exhibits. 603 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. 757-221-2700. 7. Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Changing exhibits of contemporary regional art and traveling exhibits from other institutions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $7.50 adults, $4 children 6-12. 101 Museum Drive, Newport News. 757-596-8175. 8. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. Changing art exhibits of all kinds. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3 adults, $2 children 2-17. Located in the 1846 Courthouse, 400 High St., Portsmouth. 757-393-8543. DAILY PRESS

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Changing exhibits of contemporary painting, crafts, sculpture and photography. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Andrews Hall (located to the rear of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall), Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. 757-2211452.


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Art museums 1. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum 2. Chrysler Museum of Art 3. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum 4. Hampton University Museum 5. Hermitage Museum & Gardens 6. Muscarelle Museum of Art/College of William and Mary 7. Peninsula Fine Arts Center 8. Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center 9. Virginia Museum of Contemporary Arts Galleries 10. Andrews Gallery/College of William and Mary 11. Armstrong/Slater Gallery, Hampton University 12. Art-cade Gallery 13. Art Speaks Gallery (Bay School Cultural Arts Center) 14. Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University






15. Blue Skies Gallery 16. Charles H. Taylor Arts Center 17. Cristallo Art Center 18. d’ART Center 19. Falk Gallery/Christopher Newport University 20. Gloucester Arts on Main 21. Imagine Art Studios 22. Linda Matney Gallery 23. On the Hill Gallery 24. Nancy Thomas Gallery 25. Shooting Star Gallery 26. Suffolk Art Gallery 27. The Arts Center@319 28. Thomas Nelson Community College Visual Arts Gallery 29. Visual Arts Center/ Tidewater Community College 30. Williamsburg Contemporary Arts Center 31. Williamsburg Library Gallery 32. James Wise Gallery 33. 670 Gallery

9. Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Changing exhibits of contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other media from various artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $7.70 adults, $5.50 students 5 and up. 2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-425-0000.

11. Armstrong/Slater Gallery, Hampton University. Changing exhibits by local, regional and national artists. Call for hours. Free. Armstrong/Slater Building, Marshall Avenue, Hampton. 757-727-5402. fine_arts/asgallery.cfm. 12. Art-cade Gallery. Original paintings, drawings, cartoons and sculpture from nationally prominent illustrators such as Dr. Seuss and Tom Everhart. Hours vary by season. Free. 1321 Jamestown Road, Suite 204, Williamsburg. 757-565-7424. 13. Art Speaks Gallery (Bay School Cultural Arts Center). Permanent collection of paintings, fiber arts, glassware and jewelry. Changing exhibits by local and regional artists. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday during Open Studio, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. 279 Main St., Mathews. 804-7251278. 14. Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University. Two galleries of art , including one of changing exhibits of contemporary work by regional and national artists and another of contemporary folk art in the Baron & Ellin Gordon Self-Taught Art Gallery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 4509 Monarch Way, Norfolk. 757-683-6271. 15. Blue Skies Gallery. Changing exhibits by local, regional artists. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 26 S. King St., Hampton. Free. 757-727-0028. 16. Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. Changing exhibits of local and regional contemporary art. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. 4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 757-727-1490. 17. Cristallo Art Center. Changing exhibits of contemporary glass art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite C103, Newport News. 757-596-3551. 18. d’ART Center. Changing exhibits by local and regional artists and working artists’ studios. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Norfolk Arts District, 740 Duke St., Norfolk. 757-625-4211. 19. Falk Gallery/Christopher Newport University. Changing exhibits of contemporary art and student work. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News. 757-594-7930. 20. Gloucester Arts on Main. Changing exhibits by contemporary regional artists. Noon-6 p.m. TuesdaySaturday. Free. 6580-B Main St., Gloucester. 804-824-9464.

Galleries 10. Andrews Gallery/College of William and Mary.

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Hampton Abuelo’s. $$. 2423 McMenamin St. 757224-5340. The Barking Dog. $. 4330 Kecoughtan Road. 757-325-8352. Conch and Bucket. $$. 13 E. Queens Way. 757-864-0865. County Grill. $. 26 E. Mercury Blvd. 757-723-0600. The Deadrise. $$$. 100 McNair Drive. 757-788-7190. Glazed Doughnuts. $. 24 Wine St. 757-3258860. hampton. Mango Mangeaux. $$. 33 E. Mellen St. 757-224-9189. Marker 20. $. 21 E. Queens Way. 757-7269410. Musasi Japanese Restaurant. $. 49 E. Queens Way. 757-728-0298. Monsoon Eclectic Modern Indian. $$. 2150 Allainby Way. 757-224-1633. monsoon Paradise Ocean Club. $$. 490 Fenwick Road. 757-317-1234.

The Point at Phoebus. $$. 30 E. Mellen St. 757-224-9299. Six Little Bar Bistro. $$. 6 E. Mellen St. 757-722-1466. Surf Rider Restaurant. $$. 1 Marina Road. 757-723-9366. Taphouse on Queens Way. $. 17 E. Queens Way. 757-224-5829. Venture Kitchen and Bar. $$. 9 E. Queens Way. 757-325-8868.

Newport News Anderson’s Showplace CafÊ. $. 11250 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 757-599-3510. Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar. $$$. 10367 Warwick Blvd. 757-599-1918. Crab Shack. $. 7601 River Road. Next to the James River Bridge. 757-245-2722. crab Couture Cakes by Nika. $. 10373 Warwick Blvd. 757-599-6452. Fin Seafood & Steak. $$$. 3150 William Styron Square. 757-599-5800. finseafood. com. Harpoon Larry’s Fish House & Oyster Bar. 621 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. 757-827-0600. Hayashi Sushi & Grill. $$$. 111820 Mer-

The Surf Rider Restaurant in Poquoson offers diners a waterfront view and provides both car and boat-friendly parking.

chants Walk. 757-223-5783. hayashisushi Indulge Bakery & Bistro. 10359 Warwick Blvd. 757-813-4026. BakeryandBistro. Kismet Bistro at 99 Main. $$$. 99 Main St.

757-327-0716. Luigi’s Italian Restaurant. $. 15400 Warwick Blvd. 757-887-0005. LUIGISNEWPORTNEWS. Nawab Indian Cuisine. $$. 11712-K Jefferson Ave. 757-591-9200. Pearl 703.$$$. 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd. A-1. 757-223-5370. Rick’s Cheese Steak Shop. $. 9900 Jefferson Ave. 757-595-2373. rickscheese Rick & Libby’s. 11006 Warwick Blvd., Unit 458. 757-599-5500. Schlesinger’s Chop House. $$$. 1106 William Styron Square. 757-599-4700. Scratch Bakery. $. 4181 William Styron Square. 757-833-0965. itsmadefromscratch. com. Second Street. $$. 115 Arthur Way, Newport News. 757-234-4448. Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar. 10900 Warwick Blvd. 757-595-4320. Thaijindesu. $$. 2180 William Styron Square, Newport News. 757-595-8410. thai Tucanos Brazilian Grill. $$$. City Center, 11820 Fountain Way, Newport News. 757597-9500. The Vineyards Trattoria and Pizzeria.$$. See DINING/Page 60

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Dining Continued from 59 1405-P Kiln Creek Parkway, Newport News. 757-874-0114. thevineyardstrattoria. com. Viking Burger. $. 13650 Warwick Blvd. 757-874-1269. Yannas’ Taverna. $. 12715 Warwick Blvd. 757-930-3382.


Chrysler Museum, at One Memorial Place in Norfolk, is free to the public.

Museums Continued from 58 21. Imagine Art Studios. Changing exhibits of original art plus limited edition prints. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. Smithfield. 757-357-0690. 22. Linda Matney Gallery. Contemporary art and photography featuring national and international artists. 5435 Richmond Road, Suite A, Williamsburg. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. 757-675-6627. 23. On the Hill Gallery. Contemporary art by local artists. Free. 402 Main St., Yorktown. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 757-369-1108. 24. Nancy Thomas Gallery. Changing exhibits of contemporary folk art and work by nationally known self-taught artist Nancy Thomas. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 301 Ballard St., Yorktown, 757-898-0738. 25. Shooting Star Gallery. Changing exhibits of photography, painting, fine crafts and other media by local artists. Spring hours noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. 22 Strawberry St., Cape Charles. 757-4040780. 26. Suffolk Art Gallery. Changing exhibits by local and regional artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 118 Bosley Ave., Suffolk. 757-925-0448. 27. The Arts Center@319 (The Isle of Wight Arts League). Changing exhibits by



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local and regional artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 319 Main St., Smithfield. 757-357-7707. 28. Thomas Nelson Community College Visual Arts Gallery. Contemporary art by regional artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Templin Hall, off Hastings Drive, Hampton. 757-825-3608. 29. Visual Arts Center/Tidewater Community College. Exhibits by local, regional, national and international artists. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Free. Tidewater Community College, 340 High St., Portsmouth. 757-8221888. GALLERY.htm. 30. Williamsburg Contemporary Arts Center (formerly known as This Century Art Gallery). Changing exhibits by regional and national artists. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 219 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg. 757-2294949. 31. Williamsburg Library Gallery. Changing shows by local and regional artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg. 757-259-4040. 32. James Wise Gallery. Contemporary art. Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Division of Fine Arts., 700 Park Ave., Norfolk State University, Norfolk. 757-823-8844. 33. 670 Gallery. Eclectic gallery showcasing paintings, mixed media work, listening parties and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. TuesdaySaturday. Free. 670 Downey Green, Hampton.

Surf Rider. $$. 105 Rens Road. 757-8680080. Scorpios Deli. $. 185 Little Florida Road. 757-659-0408. Poquoson Diner. $. 480 Wythe Creek Road. 757-659-0290. Bull Island BBQ. $. 435 Messick Road. 757-332-4324.

Smithfield Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Café. $. 218 Main St. 757-357-0045. smithfield Smithfield Inn. $$. 112 Main St. 757-3571752. Smithfield Station. $$$. 415 S. Church St. 757-357-7700. A Taste of Smithfield. $. 217 Main St. 757-357-8950. Tokyo & Thai. 13466 Benns Church Blvd. 757-365-9988. Wharf Hill Brewing Co. $$. 25 Main St. 757-357-7100.

Suffolk Harper’s Table. $$$. 122 N. Main St. 757-539-2000. River Stone Chophouse. $$$. 8032 Harbour View Blvd. 757-638-7990. Vintage Tavern. $$$. 1900 Governor’s Pointe Drive. 757-238-8808. vintagetavern

York County County Grill. $. 1215 George Washington Memorial Highway. 757-591-0600. county The Riverwalk Restaurant. $$$. 323 Water St., Suite A-1. 757-875-1522. river Yorktown Pub. $. 540 Water St. 757-8869964. Vintner’s Cellar Winery of Yorktown. $$$. 1213 George Washington Memorial Highway. 757-223-4261. vintnerscellar

Williamsburg/James City Blue Talon Bistro. $$$. 420 Prince George St. 757-476-2583. bluetalonbistro. com. Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill. $$$. 199 S. Boundary St. 757-253-1847. Capriccio Ristorante. $$. 5201 Center St. 757-221-8150. Center Street Grill. $$$. 5101 Center St. 757-220-4600. Cogan’s Deli & Sports Pub. $. 4324 C-2 New Town Ave. 757-645-3351. cogans Corner Café. $$. 5203 Center St. 757-3453144. Corner Pocket. $$. 4805 Courthouse St. 757-220-0808. DoG Street Pub. $$. 401 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg. 757-2936478. Dudley’s Bistro. $$$. 4904 Courthouse St. 757-566-1157. El Sabroson. $$. 122 Waller Mill Road. 757-220-3145. Fat Canary. $$$. 410 Duke of Gloucester St. 757-229-3333. fatcanarywilliamsburg. com. Ichiban. 4905 Courthouse St. 757-2538898. Le Yaca. $$$. 1430 High St. 757-220-3616. Maurizio’s Ristorante Italiano. $$. 264 E. McLaws Circle. 757-229-0337. Nawab Indian Cuisine. $$. 204 Monticello Ave. 757-565-3200. Oceans and Ale. $$$. 5601 Richmond Road. 757-253-2253. Opus 9. $$$. 5143 Main Street. 757-6454779. Paul’s Deli. $$. 4345 New Town Ave. 757-565-2380. paulsdelineighborhood Peter Chang Restaurant. $$$. 1203 Richmond Road. 757-345-5829. Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que. $. 447 E. Rochambeau Drive. 757-565-2955. pierces. com. Prime46forty. $$$. 4640 Monticello Ave. 757-224-4640. Rick’s Cheese Steak Shop. $. 603 Prince George St. 757-221-9566. rickscheese Scratch Bakery. $. 4917 A Courthouse St. 757-345-5306. Second Street. $$. 140 Second St. 757220-2286. Traditions. $$$. Williamsburg Lodge. 310 S. England St. 888-965-7254. colonial The Trellis. $$$. 403 W. Duke of Gloucester St. 757-229-8610. Waypoint Grill Restaurant. $$$. 1480 Quarterpath Road. 757-220-2228. way




atch a dance, attend a play, listen to a concert. Hampton Roads has many local groups as well as visiting artists with national reputations who offer great performances. It’s a perfect way to expand your horizons and introduce your children to the arts.

Dance American Youth Ballet Company. The performing arm of the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. Village Shops, 1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. 757-229-8535. and Hampton Roads Civic Ballet. Nonprofit organization of intermediate and advanced students of the Academy of Ballet in Hampton. Three major productions staged annually. 4218 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 757-722-8216. CivicBallet. Orchesis Dance Company. Student company of the College of William and Mary dance department performs original faculty and student choreography. Two main stage shows produced annually. Performances in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on the W&M campus. 757-221-2674. Richmond Ballet. This statewide professional company offers an annual “Nutcracker,” large-scale story ballets and contemporary works at its studio. 407 E. Canal St., Richmond. 804-344-0906. richmond Terpsichorean Dance Company. Hampton University’s student dance company performs in Ogden Hall and at community events. 757-727-5317. hper/terps.cfm. Tidewater Dance Theatre. A contemporary ballet and modern dance company that offers classes at Northampton Dance Studios. 12541 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-930-3444. tidewaterdancetheater. Todd Rosenlieb Dance. A contemporary company founded by Todd Rosenlieb that also trains students in classical and contemporary technique at the TR Dance Center. 325 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-626-3262. Ballet Virginia International. This Norfolk-based company has an academy and a professional dance troupe. 700 W. 21st St., Norfolk. 757-446-1401. Virginia Regional Ballet. This academy and dance company offers dance training

Jennifer Hudson performs during the 48th annual Hampton Jazz Festival in June at the Hampton Coliseum.

for all levels through weekly classes and performances. 1228 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. 757-229-2553. Williamsburg Ballet Theatre. Established in early 2007, Williamsburg Ballet Theatre is the performing company of the Institute for Dance. Classes offered at 3356 Ironbound Road, Suite 501, Williamsburg. 757-229-1717.

Music Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia. More than 280 students from throughout Hampton Roads perform in five student ensembles. 757-618-1800. Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg. Professional chamber music programs at the Library Theatre. 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg. 757-229-0385. chamber Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble. This local performing group plays concert band and other music throughout the region.

F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. Nationally known classical and jazz artists presented at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Classes are offered by artists at 12:30 p.m. on the Tuesday after the concert at Chandler Recital Hall. 757-683-5305. Concerts By The Bay. Concert series presented throughout the year at Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews.

mainstream jazz artists during a three-day stretch in late June at Hampton Coliseum. 757-838-4203. Magic of Harmony Show Chorus. This Peninsula women’s chorus teaches and sings four-part harmony in “barbershop” style. 757-566-8600. magicofharmony Norfolk Chamber Consort. Chamber music concerts by local professional performers at Old Dominion University. 757852-9072.

Ewell Recital Series. A music series sponsored by the College of William and Mary’s music department. Ewell Recital Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 757-221-1073. events/performances/ewellconcertseries.

Peninsula Children’s Chorus. This organization, based in York County, presents a children’s choir for grades one through eight. 757-870-3903. Peninsula-Childrens-Chorus-112211284392.

Feldman Chamber Music Society. This organization presents professional chamber music ensembles in Norfolk. 757-5521630.

Peninsula Concert Band. All-volunteer community group plays marches and light music on the Peninsula. peninsulaconcert

Hampton Jazz Festival. This annual event presents national smooth jazz, pop and

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Arts Continued from 61 Peninsula Youth Orchestra. A student orchestra for various levels in string, wind and brass instruments. Performs several concerts a year. 757-598-1232. Port Warwick Concert Series. Area artists perform throughout the summer in Port Warwick’s Styron Square. Jefferson Avenue and Loftis Boulevard, Newport News. 757-223-0284. Sinfonicron Light Opera Company. This student music fraternity performs Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and other works each year in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at the College of William and Mary at 601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. sinfon Tidewater Classical Guitar Society. This organization presents world-class guitarists in venues throughout Hampton Roads. 757-625-2330. 245 West Olney Road, Norfolk, and 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg. Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music. This organization brings in nationally known folk and acoustic performers for concerts in Hampton Roads. 757-626-3655. TRADOC Army Band. Based at Fort Eustis, plays show tunes, marches and jazz. 757-812-4541. U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. Military band based at Langley Air Force Base. www.heritageofamerica Virginia Children’s Chorus. This children’s chorus, based in Norfolk, performs throughout Hampton Roads. 757-440-9100. Virginia Choral Society. Performs three concert series each year featuring a variety of genres. 757-851-9114. Virginia Chorale. Professional chorus conducted by Charles Woodward sings music from all periods. 757-627-8375. vachorale. org. Virginia Opera. A professional, statewide company offering four productions at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk. 1-866673-7282. The Virginia Symphony. The region’s professional orchestra offers classical and pop series throughout Hampton Roads. 757-466-3060; box office, 757-892-6366. 62


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Williamsburg Choral Guild. This community choral group performs several times a year. 757-220-1808. williamsburgchoral Generic Theater. An off-Broadway-style company that offers cutting-edge works in the lower level of Chrysler Hall at 215 St. Pauls Boulevard, Norfolk. 757-441-2160.

Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Regional orchestra performs chamber orchestra pieces in the Kimball Theatre at 212 North Henry Street, Williamsburg. 757-7555474.

Hampton Players & Company. Classics and contemporary black works in Armstrong Hall on the Hampton University campus. 757-727-5402.

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus. This community chorus performs a variety of music. 757-564-7875. williamsburgwomens

Hurrah Players. This family theater company presents several musicals in The Perry Family Theatre in Norfolk. Studio located at 485 St. Paul’s Blvd., Norfolk. 757-627-5437.

Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. Programs for school-age children include a string orchestra, a chamber music program, a summer camp and a full orchestra. 757-645-7808. York River Concert Band. This volunteer group based in York County performs year round. York River Symphony Orchestra. This community orchestra performs at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton and at other area locations. 757-877-9326. Yorktown Chorale. This community group performs classical choral works and music of other genres. crooksmemorial

Performing arts

Peninsula Community Theatre. This long-standing community group performs out of the former Village Theater in Newport News’ Hilton Village. 10251 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-595-5728. The Virginia International Tattoo performs at Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk during the annual Virginia Arts Festival.

Kimball Theatre. On Merchants Square in Williamsburg, this theater presents art films and live performances. 888-965-7254. theatre. Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. A multicultural center located at 110 W. Finney Ave. in downtown Suffolk. 757-9230003.

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. A multipurpose space offering meeting rooms and studios. 25th Street and Wickham Avenue, Newport News. 757-247-8950. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Virginia Arts Festival. An annual spring performing arts festival that presents world-class music, dance, theater and visual arts throughout Hampton Roads. Box office: 757-282-2822.

Ferguson Center for the Arts. Multihall performing arts venue presenting music, dance, comedy and musicals on the Christopher Newport University campus at 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News. 757594-8752.

American Youth Players. This performing arm of the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts trains students and performs musicals. 1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. 757-229-8535. and

Fort Monroe Authority. Presents a free “Music By the Bay” summer outdoor concert series in Continental Park on the grounds of Fort Monroe, Hampton. 757-6377778.

Broadway in Norfolk. Series brings national touring musicals to Chrysler Hall at 215 St. Pauls Boulevard Norfolk. 757-6646464.

Hampton Arts. A mix of world-class performers in music, theater and dance staged at The American Theatre in Phoebus. 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton. 757-722-2787.


TheaterCNU. A student ensemble based at Christopher Newport University, Newport News. 757-594-8752. Court House Players. This troupe performs comedies and musicals in and around Gloucester. 804-725-0474. courthouse

Poquoson Island Players. A community troupe known for its local musical and theatrical performances, now shown at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton. 757-881-9797. Smithfield Little Theatre. This community theater performs three plays a year in a state-of-the-art theater at 210 N. Church St. near downtown Smithfield. It also hosts summer youth programs. 757-357-7338. Virginia Musical Theatre. Virginia Beach troupe performs classic musicals in the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. 757-340-5446. Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Popular festival features Shakespeare and other productions each summer in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at the College of William and Mary. 757-221-2674. Virginia Stage Company. The region’s professional theater company performs in the restored Wells Theatre at Tazewell Street and Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk. 757-627-6988; box office, 757-6271234. William and Mary Theatre. Many theater students in this program go on to professional careers. Performances in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on the College of William and Mary campus. 757-221-2660. Williamsburg Players. This community theater troupe performs at the James-York Playhouse. 200 Hubbard Lane, Williamsburg. 757-229-0431.

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New York & Company, Victoria’s Secret, Yankee Candle Number of stores: 120 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-249-4305, shoppatrick

City Center at Oyster Point 701 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Offers 230,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants. Host to a weekly farmers market during the summer months. Development began in 2000. Major stores: Paragon City Center 12 theater, Animare Salon & Spa, LOFT, The Mole Hole, Aroma’s World Specialty Coffees & Bakery, Hauser’s Jewelers, Taste Unlimited Number of stores: About 30 Hours: Vary by tenant Contacts: 757-873-2020; citycenterat

Greenbrier Mall 1401 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake. 898,000 square feet. Major stores: Bath & Body Works, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears Number of stores: 110-plus Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-424-7100, greenbriermall. com

Hampton Towne Centre Big Bethel Road at Hampton Roads Center Parkway off Interstate 64, Hampton. 175,000 square feet. Opened in 1997. Major stores: AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24, Ace Hardware, Chuck E. Cheese, Farm Fresh Number of stores: 20 Hours: Vary by tenant

Jefferson Commons 12551 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 400,000 square feet. Opened in 2005. Major stores: Kohl’s, Off Broadway Shoes, Panera, Petco, Pier 1Imports, Ross Dress for Less, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, Trader Joe’s Hours: Vary by tenant

Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach. 1.17 million square feet. Opened in 1981. Major stores: AMC Lynnhaven 18 Theatres, Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s Number of stores: 130-plus Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-340-9340, lynnhavenmall. com



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Whole Foods, part of the Marketplace at Tech Center in Newport News, opened in 2015.

MacArthur Center

Military Circle Mall

300 Monticello Ave. in Norfolk. 1 million square feet. Opened in 1999. Major stores: Apple, Banana Republic, Dillard’s, H&M, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma Number of stores: 140 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-627-6000, shopmacarthur. com

880 N. Military Highway, Norfolk. 900,000 square feet. Opened in 1981. Major stores: Ashley Stewart, Cinemark 18, Ross Dress for Less Number of stores: About 60 Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-461-0777, shopmilitarycircle

Marketplace at Tech Center 12090 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. Opened in 2015. Major stores: DSW Shoe Warehouse, Jos. A Bank, Mellow Mushroom, P.F. Chang’s, Stein Mart, Whole Foods, Zoës Kitchen Number of stores: 28 Contacts:

The Marquis Marquis Center Parkway, Williamsburg. Opened in 2008. Major stores: Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Target

Merchants Square Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area at 134 Henry St., Merchants Square is an 18th-century style retail village, which hosts a seasonal farmers market, concerts and festivals. Major stores: Binns, The Cheese Shop, Chico’s, Christmas Shop, William & Mary Bookstore and Café, Williams-Sonoma Number of stores: 40-plus Hours: Vary by tenant Contacts: 757-565-8889, merchantssquare .org

Monticello Shopping District Includes Marketplace Shoppes, Monticello Marketplace and Windsor Meade Marketplace. Monticello Avenue, bounded by Route 199 and News Road in Williamsburg. Combined, the three centers combined total 600,000 square feet. Major stores: Belk, Hallmark, PetSmart, Rack Room Shoes, Target, TJ Maxx Number of stores: 70 Hours: Vary by tenant

New Town 4801 Courthouse St., Williamsburg. 365acre mixed-used development. Opened in 2005. Major stores: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Christopher & Banks, The Inspired Bride, Charming Charlie, LOFT Number of stores: 32 Hours: Vary by tenant Contacts: 757-565-6200, newtownwil

Patrick Henry Mall 12300 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News. 667,000 square feet. Opened in 1987. Major stores: American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Forever 21, JCPenney, Macy’s,

Opened in 2010 off Mercury Boulevard in Hampton at the former site of Coliseum Mall. Includes pedestrian walkways, children’s water play area, department stores, smaller shops and restaurants. Major stores: Bath & Body Works, Cinebistro, H&M, JCPenney, Lane Bryant, LOFT, New York & Company, Target Number of stores: About 60 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-838-1505, peninsulatown

Port Warwick Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Loftis Boulevard in Newport News. 80,000 square feet. Host of a seasonal concert series and art shows. Opened in 2001. Major stores: Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique, Fin Seafood, Granma T’s Health Food Store, Schlesinger’s, Thaijindesu, Walk This Way Number of stores: About 10 Hours: Vary by tenant Contact:

Power Plant of Hampton Roads Intersection of Power Plant Parkway and Mercury Boulevard, Hampton. Major stores: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Coldstone Creamery, Burlington Coat Factory, Joe’s Crab Shack, Lowe’s, PBR Hampton Roads Hours: Vary by tenant

The Shops at High Street 1430 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. Opened in 2009. Major stores: Movie Tavern, Paint on Pottery, Pendleton Outlet, Plaza Azteca, Quirks of Art Contacts: 757-220-9177, shopsathighstree

Settlers Market A 250,000-square-foot shopping center that opened in 2013. It’s located on MontiSee SHOPPING/Page 65


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Shopping Continued from 64 cello Avenue, off Humelsine Parkway. Many of the development’s stores opened in 2013. Major stores: Home Goods, Ulta, Stein Mart Hours: Vary by tenant Contacts:

6692 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. After a $30 million renovation, the iconic shopping destination reopened in 2012 with 160,000 square feet of retail space focusing on home and garden needs. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Contacts: 757-564-3326, williamsburgpot

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The Town Center of Virginia Beach A mixed-used development that incorporates shopping, dining, entertainment and living options. Opened in 2002. Major stores: Brooks Brothers, Cheesecake Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Men’s Wearhouse, P.F. Chang’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Tupelo Honey Cafe Number of stores: 27 Hours: Vary by tenant Contacts: 757-497-2113, vabeachtown

5715 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. 350,000 square feet. Opened in 1988. Major stores: Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Outlet, J. Crew, Nautica, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Reebok Outlet Store, White House Black Market Number of stores: 130 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Contacts: 757-565-0702, premiumoutlets. com

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146 WATERTON, FORD’S COLONY ❚ $1,195,000 Quality meets design excellence in this Charles Ross built custom all brick stunner. Located in the prestigious MacGregor Down’s section of Ford’s Colony. Wide & Grand Foyer withTara Staircase, BeautifulTrim, Huge 18’ x 30’ master with fireplace. Cook’s Kitchen with superior cherry cabinets and finest level of granite opens toVirginia Room Great Room & 2 Story Sunroom with Skylights. Screened in Porch & Lanai, Flagstone patio & walks and koi pond with waterfall. Huge Media Room upstairs, great sized bedrooms and en suite baths. Move- In Ready.

2509 SANCTUARY, GOVERNOR’S LAND ❚ $875,000 RiverViews! Privacy, elegance, and ideally located in Governor’s Land -Williamsburg’s premiere private golf and marina country club community. Offering the finest details, this .92Ac property can accommodate the most discriminating buyers. Extended family living options include first and second floor Master Suites & walk out lower level with Kitchenette.

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