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Favorite thing: William Claiborne - He emigrated to Virginia in 1621 as official surveyor and then served as secretary of state (1626 to 37 and 1652 to 60) of that colony. He traded with the Native Americans, explored near the head of Chesapeake Bay, and established a fort and settlement on Kent Island in the Chesapeake. He opposed the grant of Maryland to Lord Baltimore, and after Baltimore's order (1634) for his arrest, Claiborne undertook armed resistance from his stronghold. Claiborne went (1637) to England to justify his conduct, but the issue was decided in favor of Lord Baltimore. In 1642, Claiborne was made treasurer of Virginia, and several years later, claiming the authority of Parliament, he invaded Maryland and drove out the governor, Leonard Calvert. He controlled Maryland for several years and was a member (1652 to 57) of its governing commission.Retrieved from yahooWilliam Claiborne
Fondest memory: I did enjoy the people very much because they were all very friendly and helpful. The weather stunk and the traffic was often burdensome at time.
Updated Dec 29, 2004
Favorite thing: #3 - by the Postern Bridge is the Old Cistern
#4 - Lee's Quarters (a private residence)
#5 - Flagstaff Bastion which commands a view of Hampton Roads. (Hampton Roads is the name of the harbor - it isn't a road for wheeled vehicles)
#6 Jefferson Davis Memorial Park
#11 East Gate
#13 Water Battery
#14 Seacoast Batteries
#15 Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
#16 Engineer Wharf built in 1818 to receive construction materials for the fort
#17 Chamberlin Hotel - this is the 4th hotel on this spot and opened in 1928. - Now closed
#18 Mile Post Zero - from this point the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad measured distances westward 664.9 to Cincinnati Ohio.
Fondest memory: A complete walking tour would take about 90 minutes.
Photos of #3 #6, and #15 are at Old Point Comfort
Photo of #5 and #18
Updated Jan 1, 2004
Fondest memory: Here is a picture of a Monkfish. Now you know why they are called Teufelfisch--definitely devilish looking. This particular one is from Pike Place Market in Seattle, and they propped the mouth open to gross out the tourists. Monkfish come in all sizes--this one is only medium size. The big ones are REALLY big. The ones I bought in Hampton were small (about 2 lbs. each). I didn't even know they came this small. No matter what the size, YUM, YUM.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Fondest memory: Whenever I see commerical fishing boats moored I look around to see if there is any place I can buy fresh seafood. Hampton and Newport News are right next to each other and near dusk we were driving along the James River, and at the end of the road, there was the fishing harbor. There were a couple of commerical seafood companies with a couple of guys standing around outside. They were about to close but they opened up for us. What was available then were scallops, crab cakes and Monkfish. Not many people in America eat monkfish, but it is delicious--almost like lobster. Actually it is a form of shark, with no bones other than a central soft backbone. In France it is known as Lotte, in Spain as Rape, and in Germany as Teufelfisch (devil fish). We bought several whole Monkfish (minus the heads), cut them into chunks, and had a fabulous dinner. The fish cost $3.00 a pound, and in the market in Texas it costs me $12.00 a pound. Nothing like cutting out the middlemen! Never be afraid to approach a commercial fisherman, boat or wholesale office and ask to buy a little bit of fish. I have never been turned down.
Written Aug 25, 2002
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