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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Newport News, Virginia

 
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1Virginia, Newport News — "Magnolia House" - Chief of Transportation's Quarters
The original Magnolia House at Fort Eustis was built in the mid-17th Century by some of the first Jamestown colonists. Over 100 years later the house and land served as an observation post for sentries in the Revolutionary War watching for British . . . Map (db m92324) HM
2Virginia, Newport News — “Every Kind of Obstruction was Skillfully Used”1862 Peninsula Campaign
The Battle of Dam No. 1 proved a lost opportunity for the Union Army to break the Warwick-Yorktown line and force a Confederate withdrawal toward Richmond. Instead, Major General George McClellan spent another 17 days completing his heavy artillery . . . Map (db m11241) HM
3Virginia, Newport News — “Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream”1862 Peninsula Campaign
The Vermont troops waited in vain for reinforcements; Corporal Alonzo Hutchinson was mortally wounded while crossing the Warwick River and died without signaling for support. The Union leaders also failed to exploit the break in the Confederate . . . Map (db m11215) HM
4Virginia, Newport News — “The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head”1862 Peninsula Campaign
After the 15th North Carolina’s repulse, Brigadier General Howell Cobb (a former governor of Georgia and secretary of treasury) rallied the Confederates and prepared to drive the Vermonters into the water. Cobb commanded a brigade in Brigadier . . . Map (db m11218) HM
5Virginia, Newport News — “Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans”1862 Peninsula Campaign
Brigadier General William Smith massed 18 cannons in an open field within 500 yards of the opposite shore. In addition, General Smith deployed Brigadier General William T.H. Brooks’s Vermont Brigade along the Warwick River with two brigades in . . . Map (db m11202) HM
6Virginia, Newport News — 0-6-0T Side-Tank Switcher
American railroad companies Davenport, Porter and Vulcan built 382 of these narrow-gauge locomotives for foreign service in Japan, Australia, Sudan, West and South Africa, and New Zealand. This particular locomotive, built in 1946, was one of the . . . Map (db m167574) HM
7Virginia, Newport News — 24 — 2000D Fleetstar, Truck, Tractor, 5 Ton, 4×2
Following the success of the DCO 205-H as a replacement for the M52 tractor, the Army continued to buy International trucks to sustain its commercial fleet in Europe. The Model 2000D Fleetstar was one of the models that were purchased to augment . . . Map (db m167736) HM
8Virginia, Newport News — 40-ton Railway Flatcar
Capable of transporting 80,000 pounds, this 40-ton flatcar was manufactured in 1950 by US Pressed Steel Car Company. It was used solely in foreign service for transporting cargo too large and cumbersome for enclosed boxcars. The deck of of the car . . . Map (db m167583) HM
9Virginia, Newport News — 40-ton Railway Flatcar
This 40-ton wooden decked flatcar, manufactured by American Car and Foundry in the 1940s, was used to transport up to 80,000 pounds of cargo on domestic (US) railways. Made of a metal frame with oak planking for the floor, this is one of . . . Map (db m167595) HM
10Virginia, Newport News — 4-wheel, 20-ton Euoropean Service Boxcar
This type of boxcar was built in the United States and designed for service on the European rail system during World War II. They had European hook-and-link couplers and single axles without trucks. These were some of the most widely used railway . . . Map (db m167582) HM
11Virginia, Newport News — A Behemoth in the Field
240mm T1 Gun, Watervleit Arsenal, New York, c. 1950, serial number 1. 280mm T72 Gun Carriage, Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts, c. 1952. WM 87.31.7 a,b The 240mm gun provided a bridge between conventional cannons and atomic cannons. In . . . Map (db m168324) HM
12Virginia, Newport News — A Great Confederate Naval Victory
On March 8, 1862, the day before her epic battle with the U.S.S. Monitor, the Confederate ironclad ram Virginia (formerly the U.S.S. Merrimack) engaged and sank in the James River two powerful Union sailing Ships of War, the U.S.S. Cumberland and . . . Map (db m10341) HM
13Virginia, Newport News — A Large Brick Kitchen
In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, Chesapeake planters moved the preparation and cooking of food from their homes to a separate structure. Thus, the odors, noise and heat from cooking were eliminated from the main house. Most . . . Map (db m16553) HM
14Virginia, Newport News — A Nameless GraveBy Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A soldier of the Union mustered out,” is the inscription on an unknown grave at Newport News, beside the salt-sea wave, nameless and dateless; sentinel or scout shot down in skirmish, or disastrous rout of battle when the . . . Map (db m16595) HM WM
15Virginia, Newport News — Admiralty Pattern Anchorca. 1850 — Gift of Southland Iron & Metal Company —
The basic design of the Admiralty Pattern anchor has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. It consists of a central shank with a ring or shackle for attaching a chain or rope, and two arms with large flat blades or flukes. A wooden or metal . . . Map (db m167516) HM
16Virginia, Newport News — Air Cushion Vehicle, SK-5
The Air-Cushion Vehicle (ACV) was developed by Bell Aerosystems in the late 1950s. Its ability to move over land and water soon caught the attention of both the Navy and the Army. The first military use of this vehicle was by the Navy and was . . . Map (db m167573) HM
17Virginia, Newport News — Airgeep II VZ-8P (B)
In 1957 Piasecki Aircraft was awarded a Transportation Research Command contract for the development of a "flying jeep." It would be a VTOL research vehicle capable of operating at low altitudes at speeds up to 70 mph. Utilizing a pair of . . . Map (db m167685) HM
18Virginia, Newport News — An Earthwork in Front
Situated on high ground two miles behind the Warwick-Yorktown line, this redoubt (a four or multiple-sided field fortification) was constructed by the Confederate Army of the Peninsula. It provided a field of fire down the Great Warwick Road toward . . . Map (db m16548) HM
19Virginia, Newport News — Annie Belle Daniels
Madam Annie B. Daniels is known for her untiring humanitarian service and her contributions to the general welfare of the city. Her persuasiveness in working with people of various backgrounds has created greater understanding among diverse . . . Map (db m94348) HM
20Virginia, Newport News — Atlantic
With a length of 1,187 feet and a width of 228 feet, U.S.T. Atlantic and its sister ship, U.S.T. Pacific, are the largest ships ever built in the western hemisphere. An ultra large oil carrier, the vessel was delivered to Interstate . . . Map (db m34023) HM
21Virginia, Newport News — W-232 — Aviation Field Yorktown
From July 1919 until Aug. 1921, the U.S. Navy operated an aviation training school north of here at what was then known as the U.S. Navy Mine Depot (U.S. Naval Weapons Station). The school provided the first advanced aviation and gunnery operations. . . . Map (db m10339) HM
22Virginia, Newport News — 27 — Aviation in the Transportation Corps
Aviation in the US Army traces its roots back to the Civil War with the use of observation balloons. It had its true beginning in 1909 with the purchase of the first airplane built to Army specifications by the Wright Brothers. Aviation grew . . . Map (db m167656) HM
23Virginia, Newport News — BalthropeBoldrup
Preface: Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by . . . Map (db m13959) HM
24Virginia, Newport News — Barge, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 'BARC' 3-X
During the Korean War, the need for an improved amphibious vehicle was noted. General Frank Besson advocated the need for large scale, massive capacity vehicles capable of operating in inclement waters. With this view in mind, the Pacific Car and . . . Map (db m167650) HM
25Virginia, Newport News — Battle of Dam No. 1The Water Boiled with Bullets — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
You are presently standing at the site of Dam No. 1, one of three dams constructed by Confederate commander John Bankhead Magruder to make the sluggish Warwick River into a defensive barrier. Dam No. 1 was the mid-point between two prewar tide mills . . . Map (db m10355) HM
26Virginia, Newport News — Battle of Lee’s MillFlames Appeared on all Sides — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
The fortifications that appear before you are all that remain of the extensive Confederate fortifications defending the Warwick River crossing at Lee’s Mill. After an uneventful march up the Great Warwick Road through Young’s Mill on April 4, the . . . Map (db m171524) HM
27Virginia, Newport News — Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1)April 16, 1862
A stalwart defense of the Warwick River by units of the 15th North Carolina, 7th Georgia and 2nd Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A., commanded by General J.B. Magruder is commemorated here. The defensive line extending across the Virginia Peninsula was held . . . Map (db m10340) HM
28Virginia, Newport News — Berdan’s Sharpshooters1862 Peninsula Campaign
From this rifle pit, Colonel Hiram Berdan’s 1st U.S. Sharpshooters targeted Confederate troops on the opposite bank of the Warwick River. Hiram Berdan, considered the nation’s best marksman, organized the regiment from hand-picked volunteers who . . . Map (db m11270) HM
29Virginia, Newport News — Berlin Duty Train - Guard Car
This German caboose is from the Berlin Duty Train and was operated by Transportation Corps personnel from 1960 until 1989. The train made numerous scheduled runs in and out of West Berlin during the Cold War. This guard car, also known as an . . . Map (db m167598) HM
30Virginia, Newport News — 22 — Berlin Duty Train - Passenger Coach
The Berlin Duty Train was operated by Transportation Corps personnel for 45 years from December 1945 until December 1990. Train made scheduled trips in and out of West Berlin through East German checkpoints, transporting thousands of American . . . Map (db m167596) HM
31Virginia, Newport News — Besson Hall
In Memory of General Frank S. Besson, Jr. 30 May 1910 - 15 July 1985 For devotion to country and dedication to Army Transportation Map (db m167542) WM
32Virginia, Newport News — Birth of Naval Aviation
The value of the aeroplane for the Navy is unquestioned.” – Eugene B. Ely Naval aviation dates from November 14, 1910, when stunt pilot Eugene B. Ely coaxed a Curtiss “Pusher” biplane from the deck of the . . . Map (db m15420) HM
33Virginia, Newport News — Bow Tug Boat, Small
In the interwar decades of the 1920s and 1930s, the Army saw the need to standardize the types of tug boats it used for oceangoing transport and supply vehicles. The system was divided into two groups, the Large Tugs (LTs) and Small Tugs (STs). . . . Map (db m167653) HM
34Virginia, Newport News — C&O "Peninsula Extension"
This plaque, dedicated October 16, 1981, commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the completion of the "Peninsula Extension" started in December, 1880, at Newport News and in February, 1881, in Richmond. The linkage occurred October 16, 1881, . . . Map (db m34002) HM
35Virginia, Newport News — Caiman, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), Category II, 6×6
The Caiman was developed by Stewart Stevenson in response to the Department of Defense's request for armored vehicles to supplant the Up-armored HMMWVs being used in Iraq and Afghanistan. In response Stewart Stevenson developed the Caiman by . . . Map (db m167571) HM
36Virginia, Newport News — Camp Alexander
Camp Alexander was created from a portion of Camp Hill between Warwick and Jefferson Avenues on Aug. 15, 1918. Part of the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, it quartered Black stevedore regiments and labor battalions. Named for 2nd Lt. John Hawks . . . Map (db m41250) HM
37Virginia, Newport News — Camp Hill
Operated by the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on land leased from the Old Dominion Land Co. In both World Wars I and II, Camp Hill was named for Confederate Lt. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill, C.S.A. During World War I, its over 200 buildings could house . . . Map (db m33966) HM
38Virginia, Newport News — Camp Stuart
In World War 1, Camp Stuart, named for Confederate General 'JEB' Stuart (1833-1864), was America's largest troop handling facility. It was run by Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation July 1917 to Sept. 1919 on 300 acres leased from the Old Dominion . . . Map (db m33951) HM
39Virginia, Newport News — Captain Christopher Newport(1561 - 1617)
Captain Christopher Newport (1561 - 1617) was an English seaman and privateer who commanded the expedition responsible for the founding of Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in 1607. He was the Captain of the Susan Constant, the largest of the . . . Map (db m95000) HM
40Virginia, Newport News — Capture of the 'Patriot'
The 'Patriot', 60-ton Virginia Navy armed schooner commanded by Lieut. James Watkins, was charged with the defense of Warwick Co. inhabitants then harassed by British plundering expeditions. In April 1781, in the James River offshore, the 'Patriot" . . . Map (db m33989) HM
41Virginia, Newport News — CH-21C Shawnee
The CH-21 Shawnee was introduced into service in 1950 by the Plasecki Helicopter Corporation. The army purchased 334 CH-21Cs plus sixteen more CH-21Bs from the Air Force. The Shawnee served as a multipurpose helicopter capable of carrying twenty . . . Map (db m167670) HM
42Virginia, Newport News — CH-37 Mojave
The Army's Sikorsky CH-37 had its origins in an aircraft developed to serve as an assault helicopter for the Marine Corps. The first prototype flew in 1953 with the Marines purchasing sixty aircraft known as the HR2S. The Army evaluated the . . . Map (db m167677) HM
43Virginia, Newport News — CH-54 Tarhe
The Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane first took flight in May, 1962. The US Army quickly purchased six of the heavy lift helicopters, designating them YCH-54As. These were followed up by the CH-54A/B models, of which the Army eventually purchased a total . . . Map (db m167683) HM
44Virginia, Newport News — Collis Potter Huntingtonas a young man
Born October 22, 1821, Harwinton, Connecticut Died August 13, 1900, “Pine Knot Camp.” New York ---------- • ---------- Sculpted and presented by Anna Hyatt Huntington Dedicated October 22, 1966 Right of Monument: Collis Potter . . . Map (db m16598) HM
45Virginia, Newport News — Confederate Dead
Forward Monument: Confederate Prisoners of War who died in Federal Prison in Newport News Va between April and July 1865 are interred here. This memorial was donated by Mildred Rhodes Duncan Thomas Purnell Duncan, Jr. Front of . . . Map (db m10451) HM
46Virginia, Newport News — Congress – CumberlandGive Them a Broadside Boys, as She Goes — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
In this section of the James River directly in front of you lies the remains of the USS Cumberland. At this location and along the shore to your left were the Union batteries that protected Camp Butler. On March 8, 1862, the Confederate . . . Map (db m41507) HM
47Virginia, Newport News — Consolidation
Near this site on July 1, 1958, Mrs. Philip W. Hiden and Mrs. Homer L. Ferguson, assisted by Shipyard Board Chairman J. B. Woodward, Jr., cut the ribbon marking the consolidation of the cities of Warwick and Newport News into the greater city of . . . Map (db m110254) HM
48Virginia, Newport News — Copeland - Newsome Park
To provide emergency housing for war workers and their families during World War II, the U.S. government constructed a combined 5,200 unit project at Copeland and Newsome Park in 1943 on 1,174 acres between Briarfield Road and 39th Street. This . . . Map (db m94335) HM
49Virginia, Newport News — Crusader for Legal JusticeW. Hale Thompson — 1914 - 1966 —
W. Hale Thompson desires to serve the people on city council because he believes that he can represent the interests of all Newport News citizens on an impartial basis. He wants to see that all people, regardless of color, have an . . . Map (db m167533) HM
50Virginia, Newport News — Curtiss Flying School
Aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss sponsored the Atlantic Coast Aeronautical Station on a 20-acre tract east of Newport News Boat Harbor in the fall of 1915 with Capt. Thomas Scott Baldwin as head. Many civilian students, including Canadians, later . . . Map (db m33952) HM
51Virginia, Newport News — Custer’s Covered Way1862 Peninsula Campaign
George Armstrong Custer had the dubious honor of graduating last in the 1861 class at West Point. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 5th U.S. Cavalry and fought with the Army of the Potomac in almost every major battle from Bull Run to . . . Map (db m11267) HM
52Virginia, Newport News — Cybernetic Walker
The Cybernetic Walking Machine was one of many experimental projects of the US Army. Its four legs were able to support up to 500 pounds of cargo over extremely difficult terrain, inaccessible to any other surface to any other surface traveling . . . Map (db m167701) HM
53Virginia, Newport News — DCO 205-H, Tractor, 5 Ton, 4×2
In 1965, the US Army purchased 1,200 DCO 205-H International tractors for use on the highways of Europe, replacing the M52 5-ton tractor which was deemed unsuitable for high speed long haul missions on European roadways. The Internationals were . . . Map (db m167738) HM
54Virginia, Newport News — Deer Park
This 100-acre tract, then in Warwick County, was acquired in 1930 for the Mariners Museum by Archer Huntington. Encompassing the upper reaches of Lake Maury, it was used as a state game sanctuary for Virginia whitetail deer and other wildlife from . . . Map (db m167539) HM
55Virginia, Newport News — W-65 — Denbigh Parish
Denbigh Parish was established about 1635 and took its name from the nearby Denbigh plantation. During colonial times, the Anglican parish administered ecclesiastical and some civil affairs for the upper portion of Elizabeth City Corporation, later . . . Map (db m62565) HM
56Virginia, Newport News — Diesel-Electric Locomotive, MRS-1
This was one of thirteen MRS-1 locomotives built by the General Motors Company for the U.S. Army between 1952-53, before the contract was taken over by the American Locomotive Company (ALCo)-General Electric, which produced a further . . . Map (db m167590) HM
57Virginia, Newport News — 21 — Diesel-Electric Locomotive, RSD-1
This was one of seventy locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company-General Electric (ALCo-GE) and used on the Trans-Iranian Railroad during World War II. The electrical current was supplied to the main generator through the 1000 hp . . . Map (db m167592) HM
58Virginia, Newport News — Doak 16 VZ-4DA
The Doak Model 16 was the first Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft to demonstrate the 'tilt duct' concept. The concept was proposed to the military in the early 1950s by Doak Aircraft Company. It would meet the Army's desire for a . . . Map (db m167695) HM
59Virginia, Newport News — Dorothy
Launched in 1890, the tugboat Dorothy was the first ship built by Newport News Shipbuilding. After a long career, Dorothy was brought home and refurbished in 1976 to stand on the Shipyard grounds as a tribute to the company’s . . . Map (db m34024) HM
60Virginia, Newport News — Dorothy & Newport News Shipbuilding
The 90-foot tugboat Dorothy, Hull Number One, was delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding in 1891. As Dorothy plied her trade over the next 73 years, her reputation for dependability became a maritime legend. The little tugboat was recognized . . . Map (db m34029) HM
61Virginia, Newport News — Dorothy – Hull Number One
The first vessel constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company was delivered in April, 1891. The 90-foot iron tugboat was designed by Horace See and built near present-day Dry Dock 2. Named for the daughter of former Secretary . . . Map (db m34028) HM
62Virginia, Newport News — W 70-a — Ella Fitzgerald(1917-1996)
Born here in Newport News 25 Apr. 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, known as Lady Ella or the First Lady of Song, was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Her three-octave vocal range and improvisational ability in scat . . . Map (db m98280) HM
63Virginia, Newport News — Ella Jane FitzgeraldThe First Lady of Song — 1917 - 1996 —
Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News on April 25, 1917. She later moved to New York where her singing talent was discovered at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Ella was the most popular singer in the world for more than half a century, . . . Map (db m167538) HM
64Virginia, Newport News — EndviewHome of the Warwick Beauregards — 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
The white two-and-a-half story frame building in front of you in the distance is Endview. Endview was built circa 1760 by Col. William Harwood, Jr., who was a member of the House of Burgesses, a signer of the Virginia Resolves, and a Warwick County . . . Map (db m10381) HM
65Virginia, Newport News — W-230 — Endview
This traditional farmhouse was probably built for William Harwood around 1769. His great grandson, Dr. Humphrey Harwood Curtis, acquired the plantation in 1858. In May 1861, Dr. Curtis organized the Warwick Beauregards (Company H, 32d Virginia . . . Map (db m59727) HM
66Virginia, Newport News — Estelle and George AbernathyThe Abernathy Gardens
For 53 years they defined the meaning of community involvement in the City of Newport News. Both George and Estell were pivotal in the growth and development of the community. George was Chairman of Riverside Hospital Board of Trustees, chairman . . . Map (db m77587) HM
67Virginia, Newport News — Felker Army Airfield
The world's first military heliport, Felker Army Airfield was dedicated on 7 December 1954 at ceremonies attended by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky and MGs Rush B. Lincoln and Paul F. Yount. The basic plan of the unique circular landing pad for . . . Map (db m92102) HM
68Virginia, Newport News — Ferguson Park
To provide emergency accommodation for shipbuilders on the eve of World War II, the U. S. Navy set up a 5,000 person housing development in 1940 on 68 acres between Warwick Road and James River. The first tenants moved into 100 prefab buildings in . . . Map (db m33968) HM
69Virginia, Newport News — Ferguson Park
To provide emergency accommodation for shipbuilders on the eve of World War II, the U. S. Navy set up a 5,000 person housing development in 1940 on 68 acres between Warwick Road and James River. The first tenants moved into 100 prefab buildings in . . . Map (db m33969) HM
70Virginia, Newport News — First Baptist Church Morrison1933 - 2003
Born as Oak Grove Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. John Corbin in 1882, First Baptist Church Morrison moved to this site in 1933 and for over seven decades served faithful members of this community and offered a sacred place . . . Map (db m86238) HM
71Virginia, Newport News — First Peninsula Defense Line
Earthworks on the hillside above mark the southernmost of three fortified cross-peninsula defense lines built by Confederate Gen. John B. Magruder in the spring of 1862 and extending three miles from Deep Creek here at Young’s Mill, to the Poquoson . . . Map (db m10175) HM
72Virginia, Newport News — W-56 — Fort Eustis
Fort Eustis is named for a native Virginian, Gen. Abraham Eustis (1786 – 1843), a commander of Fort Monroe. In March 1918, the U.S. government established Camp Abraham Eustis as a coast artillery training center; it was designated a fort in . . . Map (db m10337) HM
73Virginia, Newport News — Fort Eustis
Camp Abraham Eustis was established March 1918 as a U.S. Coast Artillery training center and was redesignated Fort Eustis in 1928. During the Depression it was a Civilian Camp. In World War II it served again for Coast Artillery, Anti-Aircraft and . . . Map (db m167541) HM
74Virginia, Newport News — Fortification Design1862 Peninsula Campaign
The Confederate field fortifications constructed on the Virginia Peninsula were influenced by seventeenth-century French military engineer Marshal Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban and nineteenth-century American engineering professor Dennis Hart . . . Map (db m11333) HM
75Virginia, Newport News — Four Heroic Chaplains
Honoring the Four Heroic Chaplains of World War II who gave their lives so that others could live when the S.S. Dorchester sank off Greenland February 3, 1943 Lt. G.L. Fox Protestant Lt. J.D. Washington Catholic . . . Map (db m34043) HM
76Virginia, Newport News — FS Anchors - Freight Supply (FS) Ships
During the early days of World War II, the United States Army recognized a need for cargo ships that could transport supplies from large ports to shallow draft areas along a coastline where large ocean-going transports could not sail. The Army . . . Map (db m167615) HM
77Virginia, Newport News — GEM, Model 2500 Air Car
In November 1959, The Curtiss-Wright Corporation developed the Model 2500 Air Car with the hope that a hovercraft would be accepted as an alternative to the traditional family car. In order to appeal to the public, the car was given features such . . . Map (db m167691) HM
78Virginia, Newport News — General Abraham Eustis1786 - 1848
Born at Petersburg, VA., and a Harvard graduate, he led a light artillery battalion at the capture of Toronto in the War of 1812. He later commanded Fort Monroe, VA. and began there the first army service school. He led army service school. He led . . . Map (db m167540) HM
79Virginia, Newport News — W 102 — George W. Carver High School
African American residents of Warwick County campaigned for new public schools to replace inadequate, overcrowded facilities in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1949 the county opened Carver High School, constructed here at a cost of more than $500,000. The . . . Map (db m129922) HM
80Virginia, Newport News — Glebe Lands
In conjunction with a brick church of the Anglican faith, which stood near this spot in 1660, Glebe lands were set aside for the clergy during their incumbency. The congregation worked the lands, raised cattle and hogs, and stocked the necessary . . . Map (db m92327) HM
81Virginia, Newport News — GPW, Truck, Utility, ¼ Ton, 4×4 (Jeep)
As early as World War I, the US Army was looking to replace the horse in the reconnaissance role. They wanted a rugged, light vehicle with a low silhouette. In the late 1930s, Bantam Car Company developed a prototype which convinced the Army to . . . Map (db m167783) HM
82Virginia, Newport News — Greenlawn Cemetery
Developed by the Newport News Cemetery Corporation in 1888. 50 acres were laid out at the convergence of Mill Dam Creek and Salters Creek to serve as the new town's first public cemetery. Its landscape with five miles of serpentine roads reflects . . . Map (db m166455) HM
83Virginia, Newport News — Gregory Cherry1955-2007
Gregory Cherry was a man whose love for Newport News and the Southeast Community expressed itself in many ways. He served in the United States Army as an NCO Congressional Escort and in the prestigious Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. He returned to . . . Map (db m98281) HM
84Virginia, Newport News — 23 — Ground Operations in the Transportation Corps
The truck was initially seen, by the Army, as a supplement for the mule and wagon and not a replacement. This belief resulted in a lack of centralized testing and procurement, which left the Army with a large and diverse fleet of trucks. . . . Map (db m167781) HM
85Virginia, Newport News — H-25A Mule
The Piasecki H-25A was one of the earliest helicopters utilized by the Army. A veteran of the Korean War, this utility craft was in service for 5 years from 1953-1958. By today's standards, the craft had very limited capabilities. It had a . . . Map (db m167694) HM
86Virginia, Newport News — Hampton RoadsWorld’s Largest Natural Harbor
Preface: Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by . . . Map (db m13945) HM
87Virginia, Newport News — Heading OutCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(panel 1) Looking across the James here on June 2, 1608, you might have seen a strange sight. A large vessel sailed past with a smaller vessel in tow—neither resembling the canoes used by native people on this river. The . . . Map (db m98385) HM
88Virginia, Newport News — Headquarters, Hampton RoadsPort of Embarkation, U. S. Army
The splendid natural harbor of Hampton Roads served the nation as a military port of embarkation in the Spanish American War and two World Wars. In World War 1, headquarters were set up at Newport News on July 11, 1917, and vast shipments of troops . . . Map (db m33953) HM
89Virginia, Newport News — Hidenwood
This historic acreage, formerly an extensive tract of Warwick County timberland known in colonial days as Nutmeg Quarter, was developed by the Hiden family, 1951 - 1957. The name honors Philip Wallace Hiden (1872-1936), successful businessman, civic . . . Map (db m33991) HM
90Virginia, Newport News — Hilton Village
The nation's first Federal war-housing project, this planned community was sponsored by the U. S. Shipping Board and the Newport News Shipyard on the site of J. Pembroke Jones' Warwick County farm "Hilton". It was opened July 7, 1918, and sold to . . . Map (db m33986) HM
91Virginia, Newport News — Homestead by the Main Road
Lee Hall Mansion is the only Italianate antebellum plantation house on the lower Peninsula. It was completed in 1859 and was home to Richard D. Lee, justice of the peace for Warwick County. In 1850 Lee purchased a 452-acre tract of land, which was . . . Map (db m16547) HM
92Virginia, Newport News — In Memory Of
In memory of Transporters killed in combat operations since 31 July 1942 World War II Korea Dominican Republic Vietnam Cold War El Salvador Grenada Panama Desert Storm/Shield Somalia Haiti Bosnia Kosovo Rwanda . . . Map (db m167544) WM
93Virginia, Newport News — W-77 — James A. Fields House
James A. Fields acquired this late-Victorian Italianate-style brick house in 1893. Fields, born into slavery in Hanover County, escaped in 1862 and became a contraband of war. He graduated in 1871 from what is now Hampton University and taught . . . Map (db m10607) HM
94Virginia, Newport News — James A. Fields HouseUp from Slavery
James Apostles Fields was born into slavery in Hanover County, Virginia, in 1844. During the Civil War, Fields and his brother George escaped to Hampton, where in 1862 they found refuge as "contrabands of war" at Fort Monroe. James Fields served . . . Map (db m10611) HM
95Virginia, Newport News — W-78 — Jessie Menifield Rattley
Educator, politician, and Civil Rights pioneer, Jessie Menifield Rattley (1929–2001) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Hampton University in 1951. Rattley founded the Peninsula Business College here in 1952. She was the first . . . Map (db m73957) HM
96Virginia, Newport News — Jessie Menifield Rattley Municipal CenterNewport News, Virginia — Educator, Politician and Civil Rights Pioneer —
Jessie Menifield Rattley (1929-2001) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to the Virginia Peninsula to attend Hampton Institute. After graduating with honors in 1951, Mrs. Rattley established the first business department at Huntington High . . . Map (db m33964) HM
97Virginia, Newport News — John Bankhead MagruderMajor General, C S A
U.S. Military Academy graduate, 1830, Virginia-born 'Prince John' Magruder served with distinction in the Mexican War. In 1861 he resigned as Colonel, USA and joined the Confederacy. In the Civil War's first planned battle, his forces were . . . Map (db m33996) HM
98Virginia, Newport News — John Rolfe
The earliest prominent settler on Mulberry Island was John Rolfe, who with others owned a 1700-acre plantation there. Rolfe's introduction of a new type of tobacco was the economic salvation of the Jamestown Colony. After the death of his 2nd wife, . . . Map (db m92101) HM
99Virginia, Newport News — King Comes to Newport NewsDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As part of Dr. King’s crusading efforts, he made appearances at historically black colleges throughout the country, including Hampton Institute, to spread his message. As a man of the cloth, his most frequent venue for reaching African Americans . . . Map (db m98321) HM
100Virginia, Newport News — Lake Biggins
Formed in 1924 when Huntington Park was established. This lake was popularly known as Lake Biggins by action of the Newport News City Council May 14, 1979. The lake became officially named to honor this dedicated public servant. Joseph Charles . . . Map (db m98382) HM

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