| Jan 9, 2014
| 1:52 PM
Conservators at The Mariners' Museum were preparing to shut down a 5,000-square-foot treatment lab and stop work on the historic gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor Thursday following the expiration of an agreement with the National Oceanic...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 3:50 PM
With two of the nation's most storied shipyards toiling on its shores, Hampton Roads has long been known as the builder of some of the world's most historic naval vessels. Here are stand-out hulls from Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which launched its first...
| May 3, 2013
| 1:10 PM
When your job is writing about history, it's hard to have a week better than the one just past.
One of Jamestown's oldest riddles was finally answered in pretty conclusive fashion by the butchered skull of a 14-year-old English girl -- and this first...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Two of the nation's foremost underwater archaeologists began work in the river off Yorktown Beach Wednesday morning, surveying the previously undetected wreck of a ship that may have been scuttled by the British during the Revolution.
Brought in by...
| May 30, 2013
Blackbeard may get all the attention. Black Bart was even more feared. But for my money, the most important pirate to cast a shadow across Hampton Roads was an almost completely unknown Englishman named William Dampier.
Exactly what he was doing in...
| Jun 11, 2011
Hampton Roads museums offer numerous exhibits exploring the region's historic role in the Civil War.
Here are some thumbnail descriptions of some of the attractions you can expect to see during the 150th anniversary of the war:
Casemate Museum. The...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 4:18 PM
In November 1861, New London residents watched with curiosity as teams of oxen hauled wagons loaded with fieldstones through their streets.
The stones had been collected from the foundations of farms and old pasture walls in Waterford and surrounding...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 6:24 AM
The Battle of the Ironclad Chefs returns March 10 to The Mariners’ Museum.
The unique event offers a competition between two markedly different Civil War-era cooks — a plantation slave and a Union cook on the deck of the USS Monitor —...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 2:01 PM
One hundred fifty years ago this month, two strange-looking ships met near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and changed the course of naval, if not American, history.
The duel in Hampton Roads between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia ended in a draw,...
| Mar 3, 2012
Despite 150 years of fame as one of history's landmark warships, the USS Monitor is the ironclad Civil War marvel that almost wasn't.
Not until shipbuilders at Portsmouth's Gosport Navy Yard had labored around the clock for months to transform the...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 4:47 PM