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Hampton Roads History: Legendary 19th-century Resorts

July 9, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

Advance registration is required.

Join us for a virtual lecture with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, when he presents on the prominence of the Chamberlin Hotel as the center of luxurious hospitality for the elite on Old Point Comfort.

About the lecture:
The Chamberlin Hotel still stands today as a dominant landmark overlooking Hampton Roads harbor. This hotel symbolizes the days when Old Point Comfort, Phoebus, Buckroe Beach, and Bayshore were the places to be every summer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Old Point Comfort was the premier health and holiday resort in America and catered to the elite. Buckroe Beach was for working-class families, and Bayshore was the first African American resort in the South. Steamships and trains brought hundreds of people daily carrying city folks to enjoy the fresh breezes, saltwater swimming, excellent seafood, and fantastic entertainment. These resorts were the genesis of the ever-growing tourism industry in Hampton Roads.

Hampton Roads History: Legendary 19th-century Resorts
July 9, 2021 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Viewers are welcome to send John any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer them following his talk.

Image credit: Fortress Monroe, Old Point Comfort, and Hygeia Hotel, Va. Lithograph. E. Sachse & Co, and Charles Magnus [New York: Chs. Magnus, 1861]. Courtesy of Library of Congress. 
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July 9, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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