Adam Thoroughgood House was built sometime in the latter half of the 17th century, designed in the medieval English cottage style of the period. This little story-and-a-half brick house is filled with 17th and 18th- century antiques and is a Virginia and National Historic Landmark. 757-664-6296
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is known as one the of modern engineering wonders of the 20th century. Currently under expansion with a two lane addition to the bridge spans, the Bridge-Tunnel crosses the 17.6 mile wide mouth of the Chesapeake Bay with a total of three bridge spans and two tunnels that are connected by four man-made islands. The tunnels create open channels above their underwater passage, providing the Navy and shipping interests with a barrier-free entry and exit to and from the Bay. In the meantime, the driving public can enjoy the advantage of a 95 mile short-cut to or from the major metropolitan areas to the northeast of Washington D.C. The South Island hosts a restaurant, gift shop and a free fishing pier.
Fort Story is a United States Army installation used as a training facility and much of the fort is off-limits to the public. However there are three notable sites on the property where visitors are more than welcome to enter the complex to see these historic spots. They include the First Landing Cross, which marks the landfall site of the English colonists that first settled Jamestown in 1607; Admiral de Grasse statue honoring the French Fleets efforts in aiding in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown and the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse.
Francis Land House is a historic home built in the late 18th century in the Georgian style. Its gambrel roof harbors original interior paneling, floors and period furnishings. The beautiful and award-winning landscaped gardens have been lovingly maintained by local garden clubs. 757-431-4000
Lynnhaven House was built in 1725 and retains about 85% of its original story-and-a-half structure. A kitchen herb garden and several beds of native flowering plants highlight the gardens around the structure. Lynnhaven House is owned by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. 757-460-1688
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, home of those modern day heroes who went to sea to aid in the recovery of recent flights lost over the ocean. The Grapple is home-ported here. Little Creek is also a training facility for the illustrious Navy Seals.
The Norwegian Lady is a memorial gift given by the people of Moss, Norway. She stands at 25th Street, facing the shipwreck site of the Norwegian bark Dictator that sank in 1891. Local lifesavers risked their own lives to rescue the captain, his family and crew off the floundering ship, an act which inspired the gift of this beautiful lady. She replaced the worn Dictator's female masthead figure that had stood guard over the site at the oceanfront since the days of the sinking.
Oceana Naval Air Station is open to bus tours that leave the Kiosk area on Atlantic Avenue from May to September each year. Oceana is the major jet-port and training facility for the Atlantic Fleet and over 200 jet aircraft are assigned to the base. Assigned planes fly in or out of Oceana when the aircraft carrier battle groups return or leave on their six month deployments. Call for the tour schedule, rates and information at 757-640-6300.
Old Cape Henry Light House at Fort Story was the first lighthouse built by the request of the United States Congress in 1791. It was decided that Cape Henry needed a lighthouse to protect sea-going vessels from running aground on the shifting shoals at the mouth of the Bay. The original Lighthouse still stands along side its contemporary ironclad replacement at the entrance to the Chesapeake and is open to the public. Step inside, climb to the top and take a good look around. The view is awesome!
The Old Coast Guard Station was built in 1903 by the U.S. Coast Guard. A registered landmark, The Old Coast Guard Station Museum houses nautical artifacts, photographs and ship models that tell the story of the area's Life-Saving and maritime heritage. Located at 24th Street at the Oceanfront, you can find about about the area's seagoing past as well as the current ship and naval vessels entering the harbor with the Tower Cam camera. 757-422-1587
Upper Wolfsnare is a historic home that was built by Thomas Walke III in 1759. This majestic brick Georgian home had fallen on hard times when it was rescued from demolition by local citizens and the Princess Anne Historical Society. Hours of viewing are limited, but well worth a visit. Upper Wolfsnare is on the National Register of Historic Places. 757-491-3490
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