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Sep 23, 2019 - Virginia Historic Marker for the Old Point Comfort Light

Old Point Comfort Lighthouse The Old Point Comfort Lighthouse was built upon a peninsula, whose location made it pivotal in Early American History. The site is located at the entrances of the Nansemond, James, and Elizabeth Rivers. The entire peninsula, also known today as Fort Monroe, was once simply called Old Point Comfort. A quick survey of the landscape would reveal that it is riddled with structures of historical significance. The largest and most ominous being the stone and earth work known simply as Fort Monroe. While larger in...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Fort Monroe

First African Landing in English North America In late August 1619, now believed to be on August 25th, the first ship carrying “20 and odd” enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort in Virginia, where Fort Monroe is today. They landed being treated as human cargo captured by the White Lion and English privateer ship from the Spanish slave ship São João Bautista or San Juan Bautista during a fierce battle in the Bay of Campeche. After the battle, the White Lion started its journey back to Europe. Before they could make the long journey they...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Women at Fort Monroe

Women at Fort Monroe: Before the American Civil War People often associate military history primarily with men, but women have always played a vital role as well, even when officially prohibited from serving inthe armed forces. The history of women at Fort Monroe goes back to before the construction of the current fort, but unfortunately this history is often buried more deeply than the stories of the men who served here such as Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allan Poe. Several fortifications were built on Old Point Comfort before Fort Monroe, the...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Virginia Air & Space Center

The Virginia Air and Space Center is a museum and educational facility in Hampton, Virginia that also serves as the visitors center for NASA's Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. The museum also features an IMAX digital theater[2] and offers summer aeronautic- and space-themed camps for children.[3] Collection The museum's permanent collection is housed in a three-story glass atrium accessible from two exhibit floors with an additional catwalk level available for viewing suspended aircraft from above. Volunteers maintain an...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Historic Carousel - Hampton

The Attraction Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Buckroe Beach Carousel, also known as Philadelphia Toboggan Company Number Fifty and the Hampton Carousel, is a historic carousel operated by the Hampton History Museum located at Hampton, Virginia. It was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and installed at Buckroe Beach in 1920. It...

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Feb 19, 2019 - Ponce Inlet Timeline cont..

1968 The Coast Guard places a navigation light on a 50-foot tower on the south side of the inlet. The Coast Guard declines to renew the town's 1965 lease to the buildings and grounds. The town then requests a lease for the second assistant keeper dwelling. 1969 In November, the Coast Guard publishes a notice that the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse will be extinguished on 1-1-70 and replaced by the navigational beacon at the Coast Guard station. 1968-1972 The Army Corps of Engineers installs two jetties, one on the north side and one on the south...

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Feb 19, 2019 - Ponce Inlet Timeline

Timeline for Light Station History 1768 Dr. Andrew Turnbull brings nearly 1500 colonists from the Mediterranean area to Florida and founds a settlement at New Smyrna. Antonio Pons and Andreas Pacetti are among the colonists. In 1777, the colonists revolt and march to St. Augustine for refuge. 1774 The British Royal Governor establishes a bonfire beacon on the north side of Florida's Mosquito Inlet to assist ships "crossing the bar." 1783 Second Treaty of Paris at the end of the American War of Independence returns Florida to Spanish rule as...

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Apr 30, 2016 - The story of our trip in the ocean, up the ICW to home.

Lots has transpired since last we posted an update. We did our overnight in the ocean from Fernandina Beach, but it didn’t go quite as planned. The day time part of the journey was fine. We had enough wind to motor/sail for the morning hours. Then the wind died and we motored the rest of the way. And the trip was good until around 0330 the next day. When we passed the Charleston harbor channel at about 0200, the wind was moderate and the waves were uniform and not too big. However, by 0330, the wind picked up and the waves built and got...

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May 12, 2015 - We have been home for over a week now.

The end of our winter travels was a good one; the decision to wait out a rainy, windy miserable day in Coinjock, NC was a good one. Leaving Coinjock, the ICW is a narrow, mostly straight channel across the Currituck Sound, which is very shallow everywhere except in the channel. It is a pretty stretch of fairly open water. Once we got past the Sound, we are got into deep water and our challenge (we thought) was to motor between the bascule bridges, swing bridges and locks quickly enough to make their scheduled openings. It seems that need...

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Nov 8, 2014 - The Colonies Fort Monroe

November 7 - 10. We arrived Friday afternoon about 2:45. Nice and sunny but the winds were blowing 20-30 mph. Setup camp and waited for Kevin and Matt to arrive. We had chili in the crock pot and kept dinner simple. We sat by the fire after the wind died down and enjoyed a spectacular sunset. We got a bit cold and went into the camper about 9:30. The temps were in the low 40's and the wind started to pick back up. Saturday morning was crisp and cool. Light winds and a nice sunrise. Temps in the 40's. Sausage and biscuites with scrambled...

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Jun 2, 2014 - May 30, 2014 The Colonies Campground, Fort Monroe

Fourth planed trip of the year. We arrived on Friday at about 4:00pm. As usual the tunnel traffic was backed up and slowed us down about 25 minutes. The trailer hitch system did not feel like it was set up properly. There was a lot of bouncing on the secondary roads. Parking the Mesa Ridge is still a learning process for Pat. Setup was a breeze and all the new little features are paying off. The weather was in the low 70's and low humidity with a 10-15 mph breeze coming off the bay. Perfect weather all weekend! Keven, Michael and Jacob...

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Oct 31, 2012 - Day 108 - Hampton, Virginia

We have an appointment for the motorhome in Hampton today, about 30 miles away, freeway the whole way. Our appointment is for 9:00 am and we are on the road at 7:30 am, should have been plenty of time, famous last words. There were three separate accidents on the way and we did not get there until 9:30 am. Tidewater Express is going to check the alignment on all the wheels, again as Garry thinks the new tire is starting to scallop like the last one,as well as change the oil in the rig and the generator and give checkup to brakes etc. We...

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