You’ve likely heard of the Hidden Figures. The Oscar-nominated film came out five years ago, based on a book of the same name by Hampton native Margot Lee Shetterly. It tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, among the first Black women who worked as mathematicians at Hampton’s NASA Langley Research Center.
Haven’t been to Hampton lately? If you haven’t checked out this Coastal Virginia city recently (or ever), spring is the perfect time to go. And because good things often come in threes, here’s a taste of what you can expect.
Angolan Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo walked quietly down the path along the Chesapeake Bay. He and his delegation stopped at the lone sign marking where enslaved Angolans were brought ashore more than 400 years ago.
‘Historically, African American history has not been widely taught in high schools or colleges, so it is no surprise to see a proliferation of museums devoted to Black history,” says Calvin Riley, the founder and curator of the George B. Vashon Heritage Museum of African American History in St. Louis.
It’s no secret that the US is home to some amazing museums and historical sites. From the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA, there’s something for everyone to see and learn about. But what about the history and culture of African Americans? Thankfully, plenty of great black history museums and historical sites throughout the country showcase this important part of our past. Here are just a few of the best ones!
More than 30 varieties of apples are grown in orchards across Virginia, giving hard cider makers plenty to work with. Accordingly, a craft scene has started to flourish in the Commonwealth, with tap rooms open in city neighborhoods and on rural farms.
The Southeast is full of wonderful locally owned and family-owned businesses that cater to group travelers, from Hampton, Virginia’s first Black-owned brewery and a Black cowboy festival in South Carolina to a wildlife refuge focused on rescuing the planet’s largest felines.
Williamsburg, Virginia has long been a favorite destination for travelers for the historic buildings, costumed interpreters, and family-friendly attractions. But it’s not the state’s only historic town worth visiting!
Bed and Breakfasts are perfect for the traveler who wants that personal attention from staff and to stay in a place that’s rich with personality. Bed and Breakfast owners take a tremendous amount of pride in their establishment, and you can feel their love in every room.
During a girls’ trip, weekend four friends got to immerse and experience the history in Hampton, Virginia. In 1619 20 and odd Africans arrived at Point Comfort.
America has many old and historical forts dotted around the country to explore. Fort Monroe is an old decommissioned base at Hampton Roads in Virginia at the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula.
Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism. Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in Virginia on Tripadvisor.
Fort Monroe was full of music, dancing and reflection Saturday as a crowd gathered to commemorate the 402 years since the first Africans were brought to the shores of Point Comfort in what would become Hampton.
Forty sites and organizations with deeply-rooted ties to Black history will receive more than $3 million in grants from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, ensuring that they’ll be preserved for years to come.
In Hampton Roads it is hard to throw a rock without hitting something that is of some significance to American history. In this region, that rock could his things dating back to before the American Revolution.
Summertime is around the corner, which means it’s time to hit the water. This week, WAVY -TV’s Symone Davis and Tamara Scott go sailing for the first time in Mill Creek at Fort Monroe, thanks to the friendly staff at Youth Sailing Virginia.
Now that it’s spring, you may be looking for new things to do outside. Tucked away in Hampton, is a place where freedom lives. With a history dating back 400 years, Fort Monroe offers plenty of space for exploration and education.
Scratch Bakery started years ago in Lashonda Sanford’s home. Her daughter was celebrating her second birthday, and Sanford needed a cake. After making multiple calls and finding no one to help, Sanford took matters into her own hands. She baked and decorated an Elmo-themed cake from scratch.
For a nice escape with a radiant view of the Chesapeake, head to Buckroe Beach.
Old MacDonald’s Farm has nothing Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton. Watch WAVY-TV’s Tamara Scott and Symone Davis enjoy the wonders of this free interactive public park.
Phoebus is going to be the next Ghent. That’s what local businessman/real estate tycoon Richard Levin has been saying for a few years now. He put his money where his mouth is by purchasing numerous buildings in the historic “main street” corridor (Mellen Street) of Phoebus.
“I felt like the type of experience we’re offering did not exist in this neighborhood and there was an opportunity to bring something new, fresh and exciting to a community that was underserved,” said Fox Tail Wine Bar co-owner Justin Ramos. “I plan on fixing that problem.”
Once upon a time, there were two chefs…Ugh! Sorry for that saccharine start. But in my defense, when you’re telling the story about a couple who just opened a French-inspired bistro and bar called The Baker’s Wife and owns a restaurant with Goose in the title, well, you can’t help falling into a fairy tale frame of mind.
The historic town of Phoebus is in the midst of another resurgence and revitalization. There is a palpable sense of excitement and progress in the air, and it’s infectious! Some say it has been a long time coming — now it seems that all the pieces are falling into place.
Hampton Restaurant Week is set to kick-off, and this year, it’s returning for two weeks. The event will run from March 7 until March 21 with takeout specials also available for the first time.
Fort Monroe, where the first Africans arrived at English North America in 1619, has been named a “site of memory” with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s slave route project, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday.
It’s a rainy Thursday morning at the corner of Mellen and Mallory Streets. Dinner service doesn’t start until 5 p.m., but the team at The Baker’s Wife Bistro is on-site several hours ahead of time, preparing.
The Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau has put together a driving tour of black history sights for Black History Month and beyond. Check out a few of the spots in this week’s Reck on the Road.
Here are some of my recommendations of travel destinations where you can visit Black history sites in the U.S. year-round.
There are so many Black history sites across the country that commemorate important moments in not only Black history but American history. Many of these sites celebrate the awesome achievements of Black Americans while others honor the lives of so many who were unjustly taken from us.
When considering places in Hampton to celebrate African American heritage, it’s not surprising to see the Fort Monroe National Monument listed as point of destination.
The 400 Years Forward driving tour through Hampton is a great way to celebrate the city’s rich African American heritage during Black History Month.
The Phoebus section of Hampton oozes charm. Cruise down Mellen Street at the intersection with Mallory and you get the feel of a classic small-town American main street. Theater? Check. The American Theater is a treasure. Local restaurants? Check.
Thinking about what travel should look like in the South in 2021 is difficult. It’s important to consider the coronavirus infection rates before going anywhere and to wear masks, even if it’s not mandated. The locations chosen aren’t major cities and provide better distance.
Walking and cycling have become increasingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although colder weather may be a disincentive for some walkers, many of Tidewater’s trails come into their own during the winter months
In this week’s Hiking Hampton Roads, sports reporter Megan Plain continues her efforts to raise funds to fight the #1 and #5 killers, heart disease and stroke.
Even in an area as steeped in history as the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton stands a head taller. Here are a few quick examples. Hampton is the oldest continuous English-speaking settlement in the United States.
One of the newest beers at Oozlefinch Beers and Blending pays homage to a restaurant just a mile up the road.
A time ago, Hampton’s Air Power Park had three Ajax missiles — two were repainted white, remounted and now flank the entrance.
Two local entities have given themselves a branding makeover: CREW Hampton Roads has become CREW Coastal Virginia, and the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau has unveiled a new logo.
Standing near the entrance to Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, is a large specimen of a Southern live oak tree (Quercus virginiana) estimated to be between 150 and 200-years-old.
Margaret Wilson has deep roots in Aberdeen Gardens — her grandparents were among the first families to settle there decades before it became a renowned historic district in Hampton.
Graylyn Owens came to Fort Monroe early Saturday and sat in his car overlooking the Chesapeake Bay near the state marker that commemorates the arrival of first Africans to Virginia in 1619.
Built in 1803 and automated in 1972, the lighthouse is the second oldest on Chesapeake Bay. In the Anglo-American War it was seized by British forces during their advance on Washington, but survived serious damage.
You can easily spend a few days here and combine your visit with a side trip to some of the other popular destinations around the region. Use this guide to plan your visit and enjoy the best things to do in Hampton, VA.
Virginia’s Fort Monroe National Monument is the largest stone fort in American history as well as the site of Chief Black Hawk’s detainment, Civil War salvation, and the first arrival of Africans to the continent.
Grandview Nature Preserve is a gem of a beach in the Hampton Roads Area. Strolling the shoreline, visitors will have the opportunity to admire beautiful birds and wildlife.
In Hampton Roads and across the country, beer festivals have been a hallmark of spring and summer — from the mostly local Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival to the left-field collaboration beers of the overnight Common Grounds Festival in Virginia Beach.
Hampton Roads is the region around coastal Virginia that includes Hampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News. It’s accessible by three airports and is a few hours from Richmond.
Even long before bridges made them easy to reach, Virginia beaches were attracting tourists from Washington D.C. and other communities on the eastern coast. Virginia offers something for everyone
Emancipation Oak is perhaps one of the most iconic trees in all of Virginia. This Live Oak, located on the campus of Hampton University, has born witnessed to some of the most significant moments of our state’s history.
A year ago, Hank and Henry Morgan were scurrying around War Memorial Stadium making sure the last coats of paint were applied and the final nails were driven just days before the Peninsula Pilots started another Coastal Plain League season.
Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water music festival was crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but his generosity in Hampton Roads is having an even greater impact for people in need.
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