Hampton is a city in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

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Hampton was settled in 1610 after Captain Christopher Newport and his men arrived and first called the area Point Comfort in 1607. Although they would found Jamestown upriver prior to Hampton, Hampton is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the USA due to Jamestown's abandonment in 1699.

Hampton is also notable in that it is considered to be the start of the slave trade in America, when a ship called the White Lion brought indentured servants (though basically slaves) from the modern day area of Angola in 1619.

After British forces captured the defense works of Point Comfort in the War of 1812, the US army established Fort Monroe on the site, which would later become important in the Civil War, and as a place of imprisonment for Jefferson Davis following the war in a section called the Casemate.

Because Fort Monroe was largely held by the Union, emancipated or contraband slaves formed a colony at the location and subsequently developed a center of learning called Hampton University after ignoble beginnings beneath a tree called Emancipation Oak.

Today, Hampton is known as being the home for Langley Air Force Base.

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  • Interstate 64 travels through downtown Hampton. It intersects Interstate 95 in Richmond and Interstate 81 near Staunton.

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Inter-city buses arrive and depart at the 1 Hampton Transit Center, 2 W Pembroke Ave (at N King St).

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Map of Hampton (Virginia)

Historic Sites edit

  • 1 Fort Monroe National Monument, 41 Bernard Rd, +1 757-722-FORT (3678). A large star fort dating from the early 19th century, where African Americans gathered nearby for protection during the Civil War and Jefferson Davis did time in an area of the fort now designated as the Casemate Museum. Free.    
  • 2 Fort Wool (only accessible by private boat).    
  • Emancipation Oak, historic tree on Hampton University campus where escaped or freed African American slaves convened as a center of learning during the Civil War era that would eventually evolve into the present day institution of Hampton University.
  • St John's Episcopal Church, 100 Queen Way W, said to be the oldest continuously operating English speaking church in the US.

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  • 1 Phoebus. A historic village center with shopping.    
  • 2 The American Theatre.  

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  • County Grill & Smokehouse, 26 E Mercury Blvd, bbq with cornbread muffins and collard greens and things.
  • Surf Rider Restaurant, 1 Marina Rd, here you can have crab cakes and soup or flounder while you watch the boats pass by.
  • Skrimp Shack, 73 N Mallory St, shrimp baskets and po boys and similar.
  • The Deadrise, 100 McNair Dr, situated adjacent to Fort Monroe with exquisite views of the bay, this restaurant also features seafood, including the popular she-crab soup.

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Downtown Hampton - During the summer months every Saturday night they close off Queen Street for "Block Party." It has live bands, four bars, inflatables for children, beer trucks serving Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra, and other interesting treats like Smirnoff Ice Slushies and Winearitas.

Rosie's Gaming Emporium, 1996 Power Plant Pkwy. Casino with a restaurant and bar. Daily 8AM-4AM. +1 804-557-5600.

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Routes through Hampton
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