| Aug 28, 2013
One of the most epic sights recorded in a place that has seen many was the immense tide of sick and wounded Union soldiers that washed up on the east bank of the Hampton River in August of 1862.
Ferried by the thousands from the giant Army of the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Nearly 400 years after colonist John Rolfe recorded their arrival, the first known Africans in the English-speaking New World remain shrouded in mystery.
Was their arrival in August of 1619 really the first, especially considering that the Portuguese...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:41 AM
Few dates in the long history of Hampton stand out more starkly than the Aug. 7, 1861 night when a Confederate-set inferno burned the old colonial port town to ground.
More than 500 structures fell to the relentless flames, which rose up in a towering...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Rarely has anyone changed the landscape in Hampton Roads as dramatically as Secretary of the Army Elihu Root when he signed a Sept. 1, 1902 order authorizing the razing of the Hygeia Hotel.
The landmark structure stretched for more than 700 yards...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:40 AM
The Hampton History Museum in recent years has turned emerged as a reliable venue for American roots music. The trend continues Sept. 18 with a performance by Jackass Flats, a Richmond band that mixes bluegrass and rock.
"Jackass Flats' award-winning...
| Sep 5, 2013
Exactly what the Rev. Lewis C. Lockwood expected when he arrived at Fort Monroe and Hampton on Sept. 3, 1862 is a little hard to piece together 151 years later.
As an agent of the Albany, N.Y.-based American Missionary Association, Lockwood's dual...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:51 AM
Go back 200 years this month and you would have found Hampton Roads in turmoil.
The world's best and biggest navy, which had arrived in February to blockade the Chesapeake Bay, was looking for new targets after the return of a squadron that had...
| May 28, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Hampton History Museum curator J. Michael Cobb has seen a lot of unusual objects wash up at historic Fort Wool during nearly three decades as the chief caretaker of the tiny island.
But when he was handed a small pipe found by a visitor on the jetty...
| May 22, 2013
| 6:56 AM
Federal budget bickering didn't defeat Music Under the Stars. The 81st season of the U.S. Army's free concert series begins June 6 and will continue most Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.
Music Under the Stars at Magnolia Park is presented by the U.S....
| May 21, 2013
| 6:46 AM
Among the very best views of the sprawling fugitive slave village that rose up in the ruins of Hampton during the Civil War is a December 1864 photograph taken by famed photographer Timothy O'Sullivan.
Probably shot from the roof or cupola of the city's...
| May 21, 2013
| 8:02 AM
For next Sunday's Daily Press, I compiled a list of outdoor music events coming this summer. As usual, the work of hammering together that kind of a piece clued me in on a few interesting events. One is Lonestar at Fort Monroe.
According to the good...