Hampton is a city in Virginia on the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula and one of the seven major cities that compose the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The city is located at the centre of the Hampton Roads, the historic waterway
formed by the James, Nansemond and Elizabeth Rivers that empties into Chesapeake Bay. Attractions in downtown Hampton include its cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and shops, restaurants, pubs, galleries, the Virginia Air and Space Museum, a restored antique carousel, and a waterfront park. At Fort Monroe, you can visit the historic fort and see Old Point Comfort lighthouse. The nearby Phoebus neighbourhood has lots of antique shops, galleries and restaurants, plus the American Theatre.
Hampton traces its history to 1610. The city's Old Point Comfort, home of Fort Monroe for almost 400 years, was named by the voyagers of 1607 led by Captain Christopher Newport on the mission which first established Jamestown as a British colony. After the end of the American Civil War, historic Hampton University was established here, providing an education for many of the newly freed former slaves. In the 20th century, the area became the location of Langley Air Force Base, NASA Langley Research Center, and the Virginia Air and Space Center. Hampton features many miles of waterfront and beaches.
From Hampton you can visit historic Colonial Williamsburg. The capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg is the nation's premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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