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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.


Hampton Roads History

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Here's a preview of the great images I'll be exploring in my Sunday column on the new Chrysler Museum exhibit, "Shooting Lincoln: Photography and the Sixteenth President." -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: Remembering the tragic crash of the Langley airship Roma. - Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: The tragic crash of the giant Langley Field airship Roma

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A cradle of slavery and black resistance on the banks of the York. -- Mark St. John Erickson

A cradle of slavery and black resistance on the banks of the York

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Pictures: Twelve Peninsula landmarks that shaped black history. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: Twelve Peninsula landmarks that shaped black history

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Few doubts about the legal status of Virginia’s blacks remained in 1705 after the colony doubled down on existing laws and defined slaves as real estate. But that didn’t stop slaves from testing their shackles. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Defining, then defying the bonds of slavery in Virginia's colonial capital

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No place was more instrumental in the development of slavery in Virginia than the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. -- Mark St. John Erickson

When it comes to landmarks in African-American history, few places can match the many milestones that have played out over the past 400 years in America’s oldest continuous English-speaking settlement. -- Mark St. John Erickson

A landmark place for black history

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A riverboat peace conference in Hampton Roads searches for an end to the Civil War. With pictures. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Searching for an end to the Civil War off Old Point Comfort

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Video: Colonial Williamsburg Curator Janine Skerry talks about the recently acquired George Washington watch seal now on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Video: George Washington's Watch Seal

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Video: Colonial Williamsburg Curator Laura Pass Barry gives a guided tour of four iconic George Washington portraits on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Video: Portraits of George Washington at Colonial Williamsburg

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If you ever wanted to look the most indispensable Founding Father in the eye, now might be a good time. Four iconic portraits and a favored belonging are giving Colonial Williamsburg visitors a rare view of George Washington. Mark St. John Erickson

Historic Bruton Parish Church is the focus of a new Colonial Williamsburg exhibit marking 300 years of change at the landmark church. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Seventy-five years after the New Deal began to wind down, many of the public works projects that came to Depression-era Hampton Roads are still big parts of the landscape. -- Mark St. John Erickson

New Deal Landmarks reshaped Hampton Roads

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Saving a vivid link to the tragic end of the USS Monitor. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Saving a vivid link to the sinking of the USS Monitor

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An epic stream of World War I American war horses flowed to Europe from Newport News. Pictures from part two of my WWI series. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: The World War I British war horse came from Newport News. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Clay Farrington of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum describes the daring exploits and demise of the CSS Florida. -- Mark St. John Erickson

CSS Florida Confederate Raider

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A famed Civil War raider meets a mysterious end off Newport News Point. -- Mark St. John Erickson

The Virginia War Museum looks back at the Great War with a new exhibit featuring artifacts from one of the nation's great WWI collections. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Looking back at the Great War 100 years later

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Subterranean secrets still to be found at historic Fort Monroe: bit.ly/1vgGn3c -- Mark St. John Erickson

Old Hampton dig confirms evidence of lost Civil War refugee slave village. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Hampton Roads swooned over Lafayette's 1824 return as a Revolutionary War icon. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Remembering the landmark victory at Yorktown with stories, blog posts and pictures. -- Mark St. John Erickson

Remembering the landmark victory at Yorktown

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Pictures: Colonial Williamsburg resurrects an old Historic Area cemetery. Story to come this weekend. Mark St. John Erickson

Pictures: The trenches that won the Revolution in Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781 aren’t the only surviving signs of Hampton Roads’ long legacy as one of the most fought-over places on the planet. Check out this list of forts and earthworks -- Mark St. John Erickson