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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.

Even in a town that archaeologists have probed countless times since 1930, few places have been dug over as many times as the landmark compound that makes up the historic colonial campus at the College of William and Mary. Here's the latest from the Wren Building dig. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Historic 1600s Jamestown church tower may have dodged cold-weather wrecking ball. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures & post: Landmark digs made historic Hampton Roads an archaeological mecca. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Landmark digs made historic Hampton Roads an archaeological mecca

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Historic Jamestowne artifacts open revealing window into the world of Pocahontas. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Archaeologists open new trench in search for Hampton's landmark Civil War refugee slave village, adding to the number of unexpectedly promising features. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: German U-boat brought Battle of the Atlantic to Hampton Roads with spectacular mine attacks on June 15-17, 1942. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Jamestown archaeologists probe for signs of larger early English settlement outside the historic 1607 fort. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: A brave new world of airplanes and airships filled the sky over Hampton Roads for the June 11, 1920 opening of Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory's first pioneering wind tunnel. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Three legendary Newport News carriers stem the Japanese tide in the June 4-7, 1942 Battle of Midway. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Archaeologists unearth promising finds in search for Hampton's historic Civil War contraband camp -- Mark St. John Erickson

When Theodore Roosevelt came to Hampton Roads on May 30, 1906, America's first modern president cut a striking figure. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Theodore Roosevelt comes to Hampton Roads

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Hampton Roads' most notorious pirates and intrepid pirate killers. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Hampton Roads' most notorious pirates and intrepid pirate killers

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The never-ending legend of Blackbeard the Pirate gets a few new wrinkles from the painstaking research of a North Carolina author. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Archaeologists probe for Civil War Hampton's pioneering contraband slave camp. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: Eighty years ago on May 21, 1934, Newport News Shipbuilding laid down the keel for the legendary WWII carrier USS Yorktown. -- Mark St. John Erickson

A milestone anniversary for Virginia Baptists and freedom of religion. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: When America's first astronauts arrived at newly renamed NASA Langley Research Center in early 1959, they knew they were going to make history in outer space. But not until 55 years ago this week did the center's scientists and engineers detail the training that would teach the Project Mercury pioneers how to do it. -- Mark St. John Erickson

152 years after nearly 4,000 Americans died, were wounded or went missing in the Battle of Williamsburg's lethal mud and rain, the landmark if inconclusive battlefield has been placed on the 2014 list of endangered historic properties by Preservation Virginia. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Georgia O'Keeffe was already a world-renowned avant-garde artist when she returned to her old home town of Williamsburg to receive an honorary degree from the College of William and Mary on May 7, 1938. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures -- An epic Union fleet filled Hampton Roads in preparation for a May 4-5, 1864 push up the James River. Here are some of the images we found while writing two upcoming stories. -- Mark St. John Erickson

A daring Virginia governor shows his mettle in a bloody April 29, 1700 pirate battle heard across Hampton Roads. -- Mark St. John Erickson

No one watching the Union fleet from the shores of Hampton Roads in late April 1864 could have failed to notice its epic proportions. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: Twenty Hampton Roads landmarks make Virginia's Top 100 favorite buildings. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Archaeologists probing near Williamsburg's reconstructed Capitol have unearthed signs of the ambitious public works campaigns that transformed the town's landscape dramatically in the 1700s. -- Mark St. John Erickson

This eye-opening collection of archival pictures tells the epic story of how the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was constructed and completed 50 years ago. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: The construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

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