Hampton Roads History
Stories and images from the Daily Press explore 400 years of history in Hampton Roads, the oldest permanent continuous English-speaking region in America.
Twenty-five days after the CSS Virginia inflicted the United States' worst naval defeat before Pearl Harbor, 10 thunderous cannon blasts sounded from Fort Monroe across the far reaches of Hampton Roads. Here's a look back at the mighty "Lincoln Gun" that defended the fort and the water passage to the North. -- Mark St. John Erickson
Railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington had already made history several times over when -- on March 16, 1892 -- he showed up for his first and only appearance at the launching of a ship constructed by his fledgling Newport News shipyard. -- Mark St. John Erickson
Thousands watched the magnificent Hotel Chamberlin go down in flames during a catastrophic 1920 fire. These pictures from the Daily Press and the Hampton History Museum capture the fiery drama of the spectacular Old Point Comfort disaster. -- Mark St. John Erickson