Discover life on the Chesapeake Bay and the two forts that were designed to protect the harbor as you experience 400 years of history in Hampton, America’s oldest continuous English-speaking settlement.
- Set sail on the Miss Hampton II and view the warships at the Naval Base Norfolk with an in-depth narrated tour of air-craft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines and naval support vessels.
- Listen to legends, lore and history of the world’s largest natural harbor as you cruise by Fort Wool. This island fortress played roles in the Civil War and both World Wars and served as the summer home for a U.S. President!
- A southern styled picnic lunch may be pre-arranged for your group or enjoy freshly made sandwiches and beverages from the galley on-your-own.
- After the cruise, stroll along Hampton’s downtown waterfront and visit the Hampton History Museum. Learn of the settlers’ first encounter with the Kecoughtan Indians, meet Blackbeard the Pirate “face to face” and hear of Hampton’s rich past and rise to “Crabtown USA” and emergence as a leader to the space age.
- Take a short ride to discover the largest stone fort built in the U.S., Fort Monroe. Within the fort’s stone walls the Casemate Museum houses the cell where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned. The museum highlights Major General Benjamin Butler’s “Contraband of War” decision which granted refuge to three escaped slaves. Thousands more followed and Fort Monroe became known as Freedom Fort.
- Enjoy walking the quaint streets of Phoebus. Go antiquing and an afternoon snack or extend your tour to have dinner and enjoy a show at the American Theatre.