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Hampton, Virginia, USA

Hampton originated around Fort Algernourne (now Fort Monroe), built in 1609 on the site of the village of Kecoughtan, named for the tribe that inhabited it, to protect the area from Spanish raiders. Permanent settlement dates from 1610, which makes it the nation’s oldest continuously settled community of English origin. It became part of Elizabeth City (later reorganized as Elizabeth City county) in 1620. St. John’s Church was established in 1610; the present structure, dating from 1728, has been restored. Hampton, named in the late 1600s for Henry Wriothesley, 3rd earl of Southampton, was organized as a town in 1705. It grew as a seaport, being surpassed later by Norfolk. Attacked by pirates (notably Blackbeard) in the early 1700s, and again during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, it was burned by Confederates in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War to prevent its capture by Union forces occupying nearby Old Point Comfort and Fort Monroe. It was rebuilt after the war and later flourished with the arrival of the railroad in the 1880s. Fishing and seafood-processing industries subsequently developed.

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  • 1634 - Benjamin Syms endows first U.S. free school, in Hampton, Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1854 - Hampton
    Hampton, a borough, capital of Elizabeth City county, Virginia, on the left bank of James river, about 2 miles from its entrance into the Chesapeake...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Hampton
    Hampton, the capital of Elizabeth City co., Va., is on the N. side of Hampton Roads, at the mouth of the James River, 15 miles N.N.W. of Norfolk, and ...Read MORE...


  • Hampton, Virginia, USA
    Chamberlain Hotel, Old Point Comfort, Va.
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  • Hampton, Virginia, USA
    Church & Academic Hall, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va. (1905)
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  • 1916
    Hampton, a banking post-town, the capital of Elizabeth City co., Va., is on the N. side of Hampton Roads, at the mouth of the James River, 15 miles...Read MORE...


  • Hampton, Virginia, USA
    Aerial View of Veterans Facility Administration, Phoebus, Virginia
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  • 1953 - September 15 - WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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  • News 1966 - TWO DIE AS PLANE SMASHES HOMES. 60 LEFT HOMELESS IN VIRGINIA. MARINE BOMBERS IN MID-AIR COLLISION.
    Hampton, Va., (AP) - Officials said today they were convinced there were no more dead or injured in the rubble of a suburban neighborhood devastated...Read MORE...




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Chamberlain Hotel, Old Point Comfort, Va.

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Church & Academic Hall, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va. (1905)

Hampton, Virginia, USA

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Aerial View of Veterans Facility Administration, Phoebus, Virginia

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  • 1634 - Benjamin Syms endows first U.S. free school, in Hampton, Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1854 - Hampton
    Hampton, a borough, capital of Elizabeth City county, Virginia, on the left bank of James river, about 2 miles from its entrance into the Chesapeake... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Hampton
    Hampton, the capital of Elizabeth City co., Va., is on the N. side of Hampton Roads, at the mouth of the James River, 15 miles N.N.W. of Norfolk, and ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Hampton, a banking post-town, the capital of Elizabeth City co., Va., is on the N. side of Hampton Roads, at the mouth of the James River, 15 miles... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - September 15 - WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • News  1966 - TWO DIE AS PLANE SMASHES HOMES. 60 LEFT HOMELESS IN VIRGINIA. MARINE BOMBERS IN MID-AIR COLLISION.
    Hampton, Va., (AP) - Officials said today they were convinced there were no more dead or injured in the rubble of a suburban neighborhood devastated... Read MORE...

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