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Sep 19, 2019 - Mariners' Museum and Park

The museum was founded in 1930 by Archer Milton Huntington, son of Collis P. Huntington, a railroad builder who brought the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway to Warwick County, Virginia, and who founded the City of Newport News, its coal export facilities, and Newport News Shipbuilding in the late 19th century. Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, acquired 800 acres (320 ha) of land that would come to hold 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of exhibition galleries, a research library, a 167-acre (68 ha) lake, a 5-mile (8.0 km)...

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May 11, 2017 - Newport News, VA

May 11, 2017 Rained overnight and likely for the next three days. This municipal camp is really very good with A bathrooms and no one here! Went to the visitor center which is located in the park and found 2 ladies who were very helpful. This 8,000 acre park has all sorts of things to do. We opted to take an hour nature hike which took us through marshes, swamp land and civil war battle territory. The rain wasn’t too bad but we were soaked by the time we got through. Drove 12 miles into town for lunch and the Virginia Military Museum. We...

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May 10, 2017 - Kill Devil Hill, NC to Newport News, VA

May 10, 2017 Another beautiful morning! We were literally within walking distance of the Wrights Brothers National Memorial. The memorial which was transferred to the National Park Service in August 1933 (did not get a passport stamp!!), commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine in 1903. From 1900 to 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright came to Kill Devil Hill from Dayton, Ohio, based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area's steady winds. They also valued the privacy provided...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Heart And Soul 2015

Norma loves to go to Chicago concert when they play in Fort Myers , Florida , but they are not playing here this year. We had arrived at Newport New Park to go to a Geocaching event and run around the area. That night on the radio that we had on while playing cards late at night we hear that Chicago was going to play in Virginia Beach , Virginia and maybe we could get tickets. So Norma got on the computer and found out that all tickets were sold out, the next day Norma called the box office in Virginia Beach and they had tickets. We drove...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is a mile long street with restored buildings from the 1700's. The first stop is the Visitor's Center where we purchased our tickets. The tickets allow entry to the buildings included in the Colonial Williamsburg restoration. Not all of the buildings in the restored area are open to the public. After we purchased our tickets we boarded the shuttle to the start of our tour at the Capitol. Each building has costumed tour guides and that was the best part of the whole experience - listening to the wealth of information...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Virginia Beach

We started out this morning with breakfast at the Silver Diner and then to Petco and Costco. After that was out of way we took a drive across the bridge in to Norfolk and then down the shoreline toward Virginia Beach. The area was not great until we were further south and in the real tourist area of Virginia Beach. I guess I was a little surprised by Virginia Beach because I didn't expect the multitude of tall buildings. We never really saw the beach because of the buildings. The area was very crowded and people were everywhere! Driving...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Yorktown

We visited the battlefield where American forces led by George Washington and French forces led by Rochambeau defeated the British in 1781 and General Cornwalis surrendered. It was the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War. My great great great great grandfather was a soldier here in the 1st and 2nd Regiment of Rhode Island and would have fought in the Siege of Yorktown.

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Jul 27, 2011 - Jamestown

Jamestown has 2 separate locations to visit:1) Historic Jamestown, the original site of the first permanent English colony settled in 1607, and 2) Jamestown Settlement, a recreation of the colony, reproductions of the ships that brought the first settlers, and an extensive museum. We went to Historic Jamestown first and were very surprised to see archeologists at work. Believe it or not they’re discovering new items buried beneath the ground. We could see in one hole where the structure of a log building was slowly being uncovered. The...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Day 7 Richmond

Today was a perfect example of why we don’t try to plan too far ahead. I was able to get an appointment at 10:15 so we left in plenty of time to find the place and to take care of paperwork. There were 10 doctors in the practice! The doctor I saw prescribed stronger drops for my eyes and recommended that I use some kind of tear solution. Hopefully that will clear the problem soon! We were able to get away by noon, heading to Richmond. We’d planned to go to the Civil War Museum so we headed there. However, along the way we saw a sign for the...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Day 6: Virginia and the Mariner’s Museum

Half a day of driving got us to Virginia! We headed for Newport News, a place I’ve never visited. And the only reason we went there was because Katie Pearson, our AAA trip advisor, suggested it. Wow! Were we impressed. After 3 hours, we still had only scratched the surface. If it floats, they had information or examples. One of our favorite parts was the miniature room. The detail on these boats was unbelievable! No kits, he did this all himself!! The Miniature Ships of August F. Crabtree The jewel of The Mariners' Museum's collection is...

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May 11, 2011 - Norfolk, VA

Took off early this am to Newport News, VA (an hours drive) dropped Daisy to be groomed, after having breakfast we headed for Norfolk, VA. Took bus tour around the docks of the Naval Base - unfortunately there weren't as many ships in dock as we expected but it was interesting. It's the largest naval base in the world with some 56K military personnel & 11K civilian personnel.

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Jun 10, 2009 - Virginia with the Burkes

Thursday (6/11) We headed south towards Richmond to meet Dawn (our former neighbor from Rochester) for lunch. It was wonderful to see her - she hasn't changed a bit but the girls have grown so. Our lunch was over too quickly but hopefully Dawn and Allan will get out to AZ for a visit. Back on the road.. Over the next 4 days we had a wonderful time with Jim's family - Joe and Ann, Jo and Joe. We ate, drank, laughed and oh yes...did a little shopping at the Outlet Mall.

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