This tall monument, found in the West Point Cemetery, is one of the one African-American Civil War monuments in the South. After a long, fraught building process, the monument was finally completed in 1920, in honor of all the African-American soldiers that lost their lives. The soldier depicted at the monument's top is Sergeant William H. Carney, the son of two emancipated slaves. The monument bears an inscription in his honor - and all the other soldiers that died - at the base.
660 Ruthven Road Norfolk, VA 23511 +1 757 444 5572
This venerable old 18-hole golf course opened in 1927 and remains a local favorite. The terrain is largely flat, although golfers will run into water hazards at several of the holes. The golf course has many amenities, including a clubhouse, practice facilities, practice course as well as facilities for private parties and functions. Sewells Point Golf Course is a Navy Golf Program-run facility.
This wonderful family-friendly park is a mere two miles south of Chesapeake Bay, making it extremely accessible for both locals and the majority of tourists staying near Ocean View. It is beautifully maintained and has several facilities including 17 picnic shelters, tennis courts, softball fields, an indoor swimming pool (open year-round), a nature trail and two basketball courts. Best of all, it has Imagination Island, the biggest community-built playground in Virginia, which is a source of endless wonder for children and adults alike. Open dawn to dusk.
4301 Powhatan Av Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23508 +1 757 489 1677
This stunning golf course is only minutes away from downtown Norfolk, making it the perfect place to make your golfing escape. It affords stunning views of the coastline and ocean and has challenging play that is suitable for all levels. The course was designed by Lester George, one of golf's best known course designers; it was initially private, and frequented only by the very rich, until the City of Norfolk restored the course and aimed to raise it to championship level. The course is also situated behind historic Old Dominion University. Call for more details.
23rd Street At James River Newport News, VA 23607 +1 757 926 1400 (City Park Council)
Victory Landing Park beckons you to sample its lush green lands and promises you a day full of leisurely fun and activities. Hosting a wide range of events for you and your family, this park attracts hoards of tourists year after year. The Virginia Peninsula's biggest July 4th event features nationally known entertainers, food vendors, children's rides and fireworks over the James River. Call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism at Newport News for more details on current and upcoming events.
American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.
100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606 +1 757 596 2222/+1 800 581 7245(Toll Free)
On March 9, 2007, exactly 145 years after the historic clash between the Civil War ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, The Mariners' Museum opened the doors. This premier Civil War attractions holds the USS Monitor Center. This dramatic new 63,500-square-foot facility will enthrall families with exciting exhibits, bring students face-to-face with history, house state-of-the-art conservation labs and offer historians rich resources for research. Explore 125 boats from around the world in the International Small Craft Center. Examine intricately carved figureheads, scrimshaw and other rare examples of folk art. See artifacts pulled from the Titanic. And much more!
101 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606 +1 757 596 8175
Explore the arts at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, events and studio classes. Pfac's mission is to provide a balanced and stimulating program of visual arts, through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs for children and adults. Schedule a tour to learn more about the exhibitions and have a fun, interactive experience. Pfac offers guided tours to groups of 10 or more. Tours encourage guests to actively view and discuss the art. To schedule a tour please call the Education Department at least four weeks in advance of the date your group would like to visit Pfac.
2803 Oak Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 +1 757 247 2360
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the post Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. The house was originally the home of Dr. William R. Granger, one of Newport News' black physicians. Listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and 1992 Recipient of a National Historic Preservation Award.
617 27th Street Newport News, VA 23607 +1 757 886 7777/+1 888 493 7386(Toll Free)
James Apostle Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, Virginia and found refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War in 1862 as "Contraband of War." Mr. Fields was one of the first twenty pupils to graduate from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. In 1881, Fields graduated from the School of Law at Howard University. In 1887, Fields served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News). In 1889, Fields served in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1908, a team of four doctors pioneered the establishment of the first hospital for blacks in the city. Other than the city's jail infirmary, this institution was the only hospitalization outlet for blacks.
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