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Hampton Virginia

Updated on October 13, 2014

Hampton Virginia - One of the Seven Tidewater Cities

Hampton Virginia is one of the seven cities of the Hampton Roads-Tidewater region and one of the oldest cities in the USA. The city of Hampton is located between Norfolk and Newport News.

Hampton Va is home to Fort Monroe, Langley Air Force Base, NASA Langley Research Center, the Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton Coliseum and Convention Center.

Other assets of the city include business and industrial complexes, residential areas, historical sites, and waterfront access points.

Fort Monroe National Monument

Constructed between 1819 and 1834, Fort Monroe was the third oldest United States Army post in continuous active service until its closure in September 2011.

During the Civil War, the fort was a staging area for Union land and naval expeditions. On March 9, 1862, thousands of spectators gathered near Fort Monroe to watch the battle between the ironclad vessels USS MONITOR and CSS VIRGINIA. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at Fort Monroe from May 1865 to May 1867.

The complex was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On November 1, 2011, Fort Monroe National Monument was added to the national park system by presidential proclamation.

Where is Hampton Roads Virginia?

The name "Hampton Roads" originated nearly four hundred years ago when Virginia was a British Colony. Hampton Roads refers to both a body of water and the region of land bordered by the Elizabeth and James Rivers, the Western edge of the Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Beach waterfront.

The waterways of Hampton Roads create one of the world's biggest natural

harbors. The area is occupied by the United States Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force,

NASA, Marines, and Army facilities, shipyards, coal piers, waterfront property and beaches.

Hampton Peninsula Town Center Opening

In early, 2010, Peninsula Town Center developers, Steiner + Associates and Mall Properties, along with Hampton Mayor Molly Ward, announced the opening of more than 50 tenants at the center. The list included national retailers like The Limited, H&M, Hollister, New York & Company and Chico’s, as well as unique eateries like Frank Beamer’s American Grill, Huey’s Diner and Q Barbeque.

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