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Hampton Roads History: Founding of Newport News

August 22 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

FREE with $1 Museum admission. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the actual classroom and location of the lecture.

The place “Newport News” first appeared on a Dutch map, circa 1617. The name is believed to be based on Captain Christopher Newport’s five trips from England, beginning in 1607, to the New World, bringing settlers, supplies, and ‘news’ to Jamestown Colony. Newport News became internationally famous as from there, soldiers and citizens watched the first battle between ironclad ships. This site, where the James River flows into Hampton Roads, was recognized by railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington as ideal for industrial development. Huntington then began the creation of the city of Newport News, Virginia, which quickly became a leading port city, railroad center, and home to the largest private shipyard in the United States.

Attendees are welcome to join John Quarstein after the lecture for a signing of any books he has written, which can be purchased online or in the Museum’s gift shop.



August 22
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222