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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Downtown Hampton, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Hampton, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Hampton Ind. City, VA (214) Newport News Ind. City, VA (255) Norfolk Ind. City, VA (111) Northampton County, VA (52) Poquoson Ind. City, VA (14) Portsmouth Ind. City, VA (103) Virginia Beach Ind. City, VA (167) York County, VA (169)  Hampton(214) Hampton (214)  NewportNews(255) Newport News (255)  Norfolk(111) Norfolk (111)  NorthamptonCounty(52) Northampton County (52)  Poquoson(14) Poquoson (14)  Portsmouth(103) Portsmouth (103)  VirginiaBeach(167) Virginia Beach (167)  YorkCounty(169) York County (169)
Location of Downtown Hampton
    Hampton (214)
    Newport News (255)
    Norfolk (111)
    Northampton County (52)
    Poquoson (14)
    Portsmouth (103)
    Virginia Beach (167)
    York County (169)
 
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1Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Black Business — Creating successful lives in the midst of segregation — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Following Reconstruction, black entrepreneurs established thriving downtown businesses. Bankers, merchants, lawyers and doctors provided almost any product or service needed by residents of the village, black or white. These businesses also . . . Map (db m166506) HM
2Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Crabtown — Seafood — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Welcome to Crabtown. Although all sorts of seafood were harvested and purveyed, "Crabtown" was the unofficial name by which many lovers of the "beautiful swimmer," the Chesapeake Bay bluecrab, have known Hampton for more than a . . . Map (db m166499) HM
3Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Elizabeth City Parish
First visited by Englishmen May 10, 1607. Fortified at Old Point by Captain George Percy, October, 1609. Settled by Lord De La Warr, July, 1610; Reinforced by Sir Thomas Dale, May, 1611; The Rev. William Mease being the first minister. . . . Map (db m33862) HM
4Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — F.W. Woolworth Co. Building
In 1960, this building was the F.W. Woolworth Co.’s 5 & 10 cent store and had a "whites only" lunch counter. On February 10, 1960, African-American college students from Hampton Institute sad at the lunch counter in an act of civil disobedience. . . . Map (db m166526) HM
5Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — First Baptist Church — First Independent Black Congregation in Hampton — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Before the Civil War, Southern churches were internally segregated, and African Americans worshiped from balconies. Blacks were not permitted to have their own places of worship in many areas. This changed dramatically during and after the war, . . . Map (db m166511) HM
6Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — First United Methodist Church, Hampton
Organized as a society in 1789, First United Methodist Church is the mother of Methodism in the lower peninsula. Bishop Francis Asbury visited the congregation April 14, 1800, and March 5, 1812. Originally located about one block north on Wine . . . Map (db m166515) HM
7Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Founders And Patriots Buried In This Cemetery
Virginia Founders Wilson, William, born VA 1646, died 1713 • Wilson, Willis, born VA 1670, died 1701 • Wilson, Miles, born VA 1673, died 1701 Revolutionary War Patriots Brown, Benjamin 1766-1806 • Jennings, Charles 1749-1816 • . . . Map (db m166542) HM WM
8Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Grand Contraband Camp — "Freedom's Fortress" — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
On the night of May 23, 1861, just days after Virginia seceded from the Union, three enslaved men working on a Confederate fortification in Norfolk carried out an audacious plan, appearing at the gates of Fort Monroe and asking for sanctuary. The . . . Map (db m166507) HM
9Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Hampton USOs — "Home away from Home" — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
During World War II, while in training for the Army, Navy, or Army Air Corps, both men and women found a "home away from home" at two locations in Hampton, one for whites and another for African Americans. These USO (United Service . . . Map (db m166540) HM
10Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Historic St. John's Episcopal Church
Oldest continuous Protestant church in North America. Parish founded in 1610. Church (fourth site) completed 1728.Map (db m166508) HM
11Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — J.S. Darling & Son — Industrious New Yorker — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Just off the mouth of Hampton River is an extensive shoal known as Hampton Bar. There, a major industry that helped rebuild Hampton after the Civil War was literally spawned. James Sands Darling, an industrious New Yorker who arrived to make his . . . Map (db m166500) HM
12Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — King and Queen Streets — The "Cross-Streets" — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
A "sleepy village" before the Civil War and a charred ruin after it was set afire, Hampton slowly recovered. Thanks to oysters, crabs, hotels, saloons, and the military, prosperity began to appear at these cross-streets again. By the . . . Map (db m166523) HM
13Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — W-88 — Little England
In 1634, Capps Point, later known as Little England, was patented by William Capps, a prominent planter who maintained a lucrative saltworks. He served as a burgess in the 1619 General Assembly, the first representative legislative body in the New . . . Map (db m33900) HM
14Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — WY-95 — Little England Chapel
Little England Chapel, originally known as the Ocean Cottage Sunday School, was built about 1879 on property provided by Daniel F. Cock. Hampton Institute students regularly offered Sunday school lessons here to the African American Newtown . . . Map (db m33901) HM
15Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Little England Chapel and Newtown — African-American Missionary Chapel — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Little England Chapel, the only extant African-American missionary chapel in Virginia at the time of its selection as a state historic landmark in 1982, had its beginning in about 1878, when George C. Rowe began Sunday school classes in his home . . . Map (db m166479) HM
16Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Ninteenth-Century Hampton — “Historic and Rather Pretty Village”
An event that set the stage for Hampton’s new century took place on the night of June 24, 1813 when a large force of British infantry and marines landed on the western edge of town and overwhelmed a much smaller group of defenders. The invaders then . . . Map (db m76811) HM
17Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Searching for Slabtown — Unearthing Hampton's Grand Contraband Camp
What are we doing here? The City of Hampton contracted with the James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc. (JRIA) to complete a preliminary archaeological investigation to determine whether there is surviving evidence of the . . . Map (db m166502) HM
18Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Serio Boat Yard — Vincent Joseph Serio, Sr. — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
Vincent Joseph Serio, Sr. was born October 7, 1896, the thirteenth and youngest child of Filippo, a merchant seaman, and Bartola Serio. The family emigrated from Cefalu, Sicily, through Ellis Island to the United States in 1901, settling in . . . Map (db m166512) HM
19Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — St. John’s Church — The Venerable Survivor
When Confederate Gen. John B. Magruder learned that the Federals intended to house troops and escaped slaves in Hampton, he burned down the town. Local soldiers, led by Capt. Jefferson C. Phillips, completed this “loathsome yet patriotic . . . Map (db m33847) HM
20Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — St. John's Church — Hampton, Virginia
The oldest Anglican parish in continuous existence in America. Established in 1610, this is the fourth church built in the parish. It was erected in 1728 in the shape of a Latin cross. Its walls are two feet thick. The bricks are laid in Flemish . . . Map (db m33858) HM
21Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — St. John's Church — Hampton, VA.
[Drawing of the grounds with the following description given:] Location of the old wall through excavations under supervision of Paul Hudson and Anne GarlandMap (db m166546) HM
22Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — St. John's Church — The Venerable Survivor
Henry Cary, Jr. built St. John's Church, the oldest building in Hampton, in 1728. It is the fourth such structure to serve Elizabeth City Parish, established in 1610, and is America's oldest active parish in the Anglican Communion. St. . . . Map (db m166559) HM
23Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Syms-Eaton Academy — "A free school to educate and teach the children." — Explore Hampton 2010: From the Sea to the Stars —
One of the first free public schools in America was located in what is now a wooded acre north of Tabbs Creek near the boundary of Langley Air Force Base and NASA Archaeologists have unearthed a number of artifacts including . . . Map (db m166513) HM
24Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — The Historic Post Office
Built in 1914, this building served as the largest post office in Hampton until 1986. It was renovated into a wedding and event venue in 2016. This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States . . . Map (db m166514) HM
25Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — The Masonic Temple
St. Tammany Lodge No. 5, A.F. & A.M. was organized in Hampton under a charter granted by the Grand Lodge of England, February 26, 1759. This Temple was erected in 1888. The unusual medallions on the north face represent Masonic symbols. When the . . . Map (db m166516) HM
26Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — The Southeast Corner
This site was originally owned by Thomas Curle, cordwinder (shoemaker). In 1775 Richard Barron owned the property, selling it later to John Banks, blacksmith. In 1820 Thomas A.B. Jones owned the "Corner Store" here. A portion of this land was owned . . . Map (db m166518) HM
27Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — The Southwest Corner
This site has been a "merchants" corner from the earliest records. William Marshall, a sailor and the first owner, was murdered by sailors in 1689. John Smith, a blacksmith, acquired the property, selling a portion to John McDowell for his inn. . . . Map (db m166525) HM
28Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — Third Church at Kecoughtan — Notable Burials in the Churchyard
You are standing within the foundations of the third church at Kecoughtan (present-day Hampton). The first church (1616–1624) was located 1.5 miles south of here and the second one was constructed across the Hampton River about two miles east. . . . Map (db m33899) HM
29Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — WY-88 — Third Elizabeth City Parish Church
Here is the site of "The New Church of Kecoughtan", built before 1667 on Pembroke Farm as the third church of Elizabeth City Parish, established in 1610. It was a frame building and its brick foundation and some early colonial tombstones remain. . . . Map (db m33895) HM
30Virginia (Hampton), Downtown Hampton — War of 1812 Veterans Interred or Memorialized in this Historic Cemetery
Private Thomas Bradley 1774-1826 • Sergeant Major Mark L. Chevers 1795-1875 • Sergeant William Face 1770-1855 • Lieutenant James M. Glassell 1790-1838 • First Sergeant Timothy Green 1782-1847 • Private Richard S. Hicks 1793-1868 • . . . Map (db m166543) HM WM
 
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