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.
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A little boat with a landmark footprint: Looking back at Newport News Shipbuilding's pioneering Hull No. 1. http://bit.ly/1OcOpEA -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pirate killer Gov. Francis Nicholson shows his mettle in a bloody April 29, 1700 sea battle. http://bit.ly/249qiDC -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pictures: Remembering the fighting USS Essex, laid down at Newport News 75 years ago. http://bit.ly/21hwjsE - Mark St. John Erickson

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How Langley Field and the first B-17s paved the way to an independent Air Force, with archival pix and video. http://bit.ly/1MQFgXs -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Remembering the ambition and tragic fiery end of the giant Langley airship Roma. With archival pix & video. http://bit.ly/1YIE4WD --Mark St. John Erickson

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Another big Langley Field centennial package, this one exploring the Billy MItchell-led bombing demonstrations that underscored the growing might of air power. With archival pix and video. http://bit.ly/1VEoPQq -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Finally rolling out our stories marking the centennial of Langley Field. With archival pix and video. http://bit.ly/1S5tDfe -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Here's today's 120th anniversary package on the first Hotel Chamberlin, with story and 2 photo galleries, including the 1920 fire that destroyed it. bit.ly/1RW83eX -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pictures: The historic Hotel Chamberlin helped make the Old Point Comfort resort a leisure-class magnet. 120th anniversary story to come. bit.ly/1oqhiGz -- Mark St. John Erickson

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"Twin Terrors of the Deep" launched in March 1898 shaped struggling shipyard's future. With pix. bit.ly/1UNoiLB -- Mark St. John Erickson

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More than 400 years after the first female settlers arrived at Jamestown, the trail of evidence they left behind is thin and elusive. bit.ly/1XFpcHV -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Looking back at a great shipyard's struggles during the 1920s shipbuilding depression. Sunday's story with pictures: bit.ly/1Rdk9Ld -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pictures: Landmark launch day marked Newport News yard's survival during brutal 1920s shipbuilding depression. Story to come: bit.ly/1LtmNPO -- Mark St. John Erickson

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The first clash of ironclads on March 9, 1862 in Hampton Roads revolutionized naval warfare. bit.ly/1RzM4Eo -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Remembering the CSS Virginia's historic path of destruction through Hampton Roads. bit.ly/1R5KL5U -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Bringing the USS Monitor's iconic Worthington pump back to life, with story, photos and video of the pump in action. bit.ly/1TTV39n -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Resurrecting the USS Monitor's iconic Worthington pump. Story to come: bit.ly/1pnMTcZ -- Mark St. John Erickson

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The Newport News-built USS Ranger gives the Navy its first purpose-built flattop in Feb. '33. With pix. bit.ly/1QBOy4v -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Looking back at a lost black township sacrificed for the expansion of Yorktown Battlefield. bit.ly/1L5RBpr -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Testing the winds with Colonial Williamsburg's newly overhauled landmark windmill. bit.ly/1Xsdwce -- Mark St. John Erickson

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A belated link to our Valentine's Day package on the plaintive early-1800s love letters etched into the window glass at historic Bacon's Castle; bit.ly/20BxGjW -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Here's Saturday's story on the dramatic refurnishing campaign at the George Wythe House, plus a nice video tour with Colonial Williamsburg curator Amanda Keller. bit.ly/1PvamiA -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pictures: Historic Bacon's Castle conserves a window pane etched with early-1800s love letters. Story to come: bit.ly/1PlceKS -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Colonial Williamsburg saves a free-black family's lost headstones. bit.ly/1nInbzn -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Remembering the day Mrs. Rockefeller introduced small-town Williamsburg to the mysteries of folk art: bit.ly/1nAL5wz -- Mark St. John Erickson

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