During the War, many of my relatives who were not drafted or otherwise inducted into military service, moved to Tidewater Virginia, perhaps better known today as Hampton Roads. Several of them never returned (not because they were killed in the war but because they felt that they had more and better options in the Hampton Roads area than they did...more
Fort Monroe, located where the James River meets the Chesapeake Bay, was completed in 1834 and named after President James Monroe. Construction began in 1819, after the War of 1812, and this became the largest stone fort ever constructed in the US. During the Civil War, the Union maintained possession of Fort Monroe for the duration of the war, and...more
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek is home to Naval Special Warfare Group 2, the parent command for the 4 teams comprising the East Coast SEALs. The SEALs hold their the annual SEAL Team reunion is at SEAL Park on base, and much of the beach front area is reserved for their training. Ships are Little Creek include six Dock Landing Ships used for...more
The (free) Casement Museum is in the Fort Monroe casements which is what they call the rooms inside the fort walls. They have several dioramas set up, including one of firing the guns, one of the cell where CSA ex President Davis was held for several months, one of the Casement Club which was apparently an early officer's club, and one of a...more
The Norfolk Tides are a Baltimore Orioles affiliate in the International League. The team began play in 1961 as the Tidewater Tides, and it was affiliated with the New York Mets from 1969 to 2006. From 1972 to 1985 the Tides won the International League championship five times. Harbor Park, completed in 1993, is a great stadium for AAA-level minor...more
Hampton's historic Olde Towne dates back to the 18th century. Many beautiful early American buildings survive to this day.Queen's Way is the main street of this area. Lined with restaurants and clubs, it's also the heart of Hampton's night life. Just off Queen's Way is the old Courthouse. The original was destroyed in the Civil War. It had served...more
As an aviation buff, I couldn't resist seeing this place. Rather small compared to some of the more famous museums, it still offers a number of interesting exhibits. Probably the most historic is the Apollo 12 command module, used in the second of the lunar missions in 1969. Also on display are a P-39 Airacobra fighter used in World War II, a...more
Downtown Norfolk has a variety of attractions, all within walking distance of the water front. I especially enjoyed Town Point Park, Battleship Wisconsin, St Paul's Church, Harbor Park Stadium, Waterside Marketplace, and the MacArthur Memorial at the old City Hall. Many of these sights are connected by Norfolk's "Cannonball Trail" its walking tour...more
There is not a wide variety of hotels in Hampton, so the Courtyard Inn is an easy choice when I'm in...more
As I mentioned in other tips about Hampton, there aren't many hotels to choose from in this town. I...more
I was not farmiliar with the area, but when I found this right outside the base gate I felt safe. It...more
I stumbled upon the off-the-beaten-path Crabcake House one day while exploring the area around Hampton. I do enjoy a crab cake now and then, so I stopped in for a bite. I had the two crab cake dinner platter, which is the house specialty, for about $15 back in the year 2000. The crab cakes were excellent, and certainly worth naming the restaurant...more
Thumpers is the marina restaurant and it is open from 6 to 3 on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. It is called Thumpers after the owner's mother's cat. They don?t accept credit cards.Four other restaurants in this location have failed, but now there is no other place to eat lunch on Fort Monroe. The special was $4.95 for meatloaf, mashed potatoes...more
This hotel will be sorely missed.The hotel overlooks a busy harbor and is both a great landmark (better than the lighthouse as it is taller), and a long standing tradition. It was a civilian establishment in the middle of a military base. The reason it went out of business was that after 9/11 people had to submit to searches in order to go eat...more
One of my favorite meals in the Hampton area has always been crab cakes, and the first crab cakes I ever had in my life were at the bar of Goodfellas. This is a small bar located in the old downtown area of Hampton. The bar is known for its live blues music (which I never stayed long enough to enjoy) but has a variety of meals including pasta,...more
I really liked this place. Never recalled eating at one of these nice establishments. The decor was really nice with very friendly service too. I dined off of the Smart Eating Menu, which was reduce calories, fat and carbohydrates. I had the Oven-Roasted Turkey Dinner, which was very delicious.more
This is Hampton's place for live blues and rock. The crowd is friendly, the service is good, and the shows entertaining. I heard the Blues Cats, who performed a selection of classic blues and rock in fine style. It's a fairly modest, unpretentious place. Come as you are.more
With an arena nearly the size of a football field and about 13,000 seats the Coliseum hosts concerts such as Grateful Dead-type shows, an annual jazz and blues festival, conventions, winter ice shows. In addition to the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, U2 and the Grateful Dead, the Coliseum has hosted Whitney Houston and...more
if you're the type of person who loves going to the clubs or just likes going out w/ a couple of friends to have fun then you should go to VA BEACH or HAMPTON. VA Beach is pretty good w/ their clubs; especially in the spring and summer time ( I recommend you go then, of course). you really wont need to drive your car around town just to see a club...more
Parking is kind of prime in the downtown area. When visiting the Virginia Space & Air Museum there is a parking lot across the street, but it is very small. So I ventured down to the Radisson on 700 SETTLERS LANDING ROAD, which was within easy walking distance and they had a public garage that was only open that specific day for free. So be prepared when visiting the old areas of downtown.
The Casemate Museum Foundation was organized late in 1983 in order to provide supplementary financial and educational assistance to the Casemate Museum, the home of the Army's Coast Artillery collection and the focal point of historic Fort Monroe. One of the things they do is run a small gift shop inside the fort.Unfortunately the link to the shop...more
The Museum store is open Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. I really like this store because they had some really neat items you can buy children that had to do with science. They carry some very unique science items for children in here to experiment and play with. It is a...more
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The museum in the casements of Fort Monroe is free. But to get to it, you first have to go through the security gate. You will have to show a picture ID.
If you have a DoD decal, enter Ft. Monroe onto Ingalls Rd (It's the road on your left at the "Y" intersection. Keep the Military Police Guard House to your right). If you don't have a DoD decal, bear to your right at the gate and enter via McNair Dr. After providing all requested identification, you will be given a "Day Pass" allowing visitation throughout Ft Monroe for the day.
NOTE: Maximum speed limit on Ft Monroe is 25 mph.
As this sign indicates, you must also wear a seat belt if you are in a car, and you must wear a helmet if you are on a bike.
There is a book called "Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide" which is an excellent place to find lovely places to go by boat on the Chesapeake Bay. On their webpage they had a photograph of Ft. Monroe that shows the star shape of the fort that can't be easily seen even from the top of the hotel or in this old postcard. The photograph was...more
When we toured Ft. Monroe, we also learned about Fort Wool because Robert E. Lee (who was originally a military engineer), was given the job of stablizing the island when he was stationed at Ft. Monroe. From the website:"A Brief History of Fort Wool 1823 - 1946"The island that Fort Wool sits on is man-made. Known as the Rip-Raps, it was created...more
Currently this marina is only available to 'authorized users', that is military, retired military, DOD employees and Coast Guardsmen and civilians working at Fort Monroe.SHIP'S STORE: Offers boating supplies, fishing bait & tackle, fresh water, salt water and boat fishing licenses, snack foods, beer, wine, soft drinks and ice, souvenir T-shirts and...more
The northern end of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel has created a broad stretch of quiet water removed from the danger of big ship traffic. Locals refer to this area as Mill Creek, but actually Mill Creek is a VERY small shallow creek beyond the fixed low level bridge to Old Point Comfort Don't anchor where the workboats tie up on the northeast...more
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...more
#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...more
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...more