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  • 150 years: Civil War arms race leads to ironclad clash

    150 years: Civil War arms race leads to ironclad clash
    Hopelessly outmatched on the seas, the Confederacy built an iron monster that launched a furious arms race, setting the stage for the bloody collision that changed the course of naval history. -- Battle of Hampton Roads: Construction of the USS Virginia...
  • Living Here: History museums and sites

    Museums and sites can help you track the story of our region. From the earliest settlers to the space explorers, Hampton Roads museums tell a continuous story of the importance of our region. History museums 1. Air Power Park. Vintage military jets,...
  • Ironclad chefs clash Saturday, March 10, at The Mariners' Museum

    Ironclad chefs clash Saturday, March 10, at The Mariners' Museum
    Join me for the Battle of the Ironclad Chefs this Saturday, March 10, at The Mariners' Museum. In the unique contest, two Civil War-era cooks — a plantation slave and a Union cook aboard the USS Monitor — square off with meals that they would...
  • Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death

    Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death
    When the USS Monitor left Hampton Roads on the afternoon of Dec. 29, 1862, the southwest wind was light, the skies clear and the seas smooth. Nobody imagined that just 36 hours later the famous ship hailed as the savior of the Union after its historic...
  • First clash of the ironclads

    First clash of the ironclads
    Few days opened more darkly for the U.S. Navy than March 9, 1862. Mangled by the lethal guns and armored sides of the CSS Virginia on the previous afternoon, the Union fleet in Hampton Roads still reeled from the brutal loss of two warships and 300...
  • Ironclad on a rampage

    Ironclad on a rampage
    No one imagined the destruction about to unfold as the CSS Virginia eased from its berth late on the morning of March 8, 1862, for what was supposed to be its maiden voyage. But even as the sailors at Portsmouth’s Gosport Navy Yard prepared to...
  • Lincoln directs fall of Norfolk

    Lincoln directs fall of Norfolk
    When Abraham Lincoln stepped ashore at Fort Monroe late on May 6, 1862, he hoped his visit would prod Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and his Army of the Potomac into action. By the next morning, however — after finding that McClellan’s long...
  • Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death

    Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death
    When the USS Monitor left Hampton Roads on the afternoon of Dec. 29, 1862, the southwest wind was light, the skies clear and the seas smooth. Nobody imagined that just 36 hours later the famous ship hailed as the savior of the Union after its historic...
  • Outer Banks lures vacationers barrier island beaches on the Atlantic Ocean

    The Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of the prime vacation spots on the East Coast, is an easy two-hour drive from Hampton Roads. Famous for its family-oriented entertainment, the area offers miles of beautiful white beaches, amusements and historical...
  • The City of Newport News, Virginia

    About 22 miles long and only 4 miles wide, the area that became Newport News was first settled in 1619. In 1896, that community -- the former seat of Warwick County -- became the separate city of Newport News. Warwick County was one of the eight...
  • City Guide: Newport News

    Newport News is a maritime city steeped in history, dating back to the early 1600s, when it was first settled. Legend has it that it was named after explorer Capt. Christopher Newport, who sometime about 1610 sailed on the James River to return to the...