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Peake Holidays

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Chesapeake Dining
Chesapeake Dining

Chesapeake is a foodie's paradise with an array of culinary options from local-o... more

Fishing
Fishing

More than 22 miles of fresh, salt and brackish waterways meander through the cit... more

History
History

Since the arrival of colonial settlers in 1620, the history of Chesapeake has pl... more

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Since the arrival of colonial settlers in 1620, the history of Chesapeake has played a major role in the birth of the United States of America. During the American Revolution, colonists in the Chesapeake region celebrated an important victory at the epic Battle of Great Bridge in 1775. This victory was responsible for removing all vestiges of British Government from the Colony of Virginia. Each December, this significant turn in America's fight for freedom is recreated by Revolutionary War re-enactors. 

With the construction of the Dismal Swamp Canal in the 1790s, Chesapeake came to prominence as a commerce center. The site of this canal was surveyed by George Washington's land company, and has been in service for more than 230 years. It is the oldest continuously used man-made canal in the United States today. The canal served as an important waterway route for Confederate supplies during the Civil War until it was captured by Union forces in 1862.

History buffs will not want to miss the Virginia Civil War Trails, a series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad. Virginia's Hampton's Road region is rich with other African American historic sites such as the Emancipation Oak, the Newsome House, Hampton University and Museum and the Casemate Museum.

Following the Civil War, the Chesapeake area flourished due to its rich, fertile farmland and access to deep, navigable waters. In 1963, the region was officially designated as the City of Chesapeake. Today, Chesapeake is a thriving, modern metro, rated #85 in Money Magazine's prestigious list of "Best Places to Live" in 2008.

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Battlefield Historic Park

Battlefield Historic Park

  • 1775 Historic Way
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 482-4480

Battlefield Historic Park serves as a tribute to the history of the Battle of Great Bridge. The Park is home to an Interpretive Historic Pathway, an Outdoor Auditorium, a Recreation of the Causeway from 1775, a Family Picnic Area, and a monument to t...more


Battleship Wisconsin

Battleship Wisconsin

  • One Waterside Drive
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 664-1000

Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time t...more


Casemate Museum

Casemate Museum

  • 20 Bernard Road
  • Fort Monroe, VA  23651
  • Phone: (757) 788-3391
  • Fax: (757) 788-3886

Founded in 1951 to display the prison cell of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Depicts the history of Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe, and the Coast Artillery Corps.


Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

  • Phone: (757) 331-2960
  • Fax: (757) 331-4565

Whether you are driving north or south, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel showcases the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel. Both a tourist attraction and a travel conven...more


Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial

Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial

  • 306 Cedar Road
  • Chesapeake, VA  23322
  • Phone: (757) 382-6151

The Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Chesapeake citizens and loved ones who are serving or who have served in all branches of the military. The memorial is located on the municipal center grounds and is made up ...more


Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

  • 3100 Desert Road
  • Suffolk, VA  23434
  • Phone: (757) 986-3705
  • Fax: (757) 986-2353

The Great Dismal Swamp, located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina has long been recognized as a mysterious place and a place in which people have easily lost their way. During slavery, many African Americans used the Great Dism...more


Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

  • One Waterside Drive, Suite 248
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 322-2987
  • Fax: (757) 445-1867

Admission is free to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. We are an official U.S. Navy museum and part of the Naval History & Heritage Command. Explore over 235 years of U.S. Navy history in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Located in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. ...more


Historic St. Luke's Church

Historic St. Luke's Church

  • 14477 Benn's Church Boulevard
  • Smithfield, VA  23430
  • Phone: (757) 357-3367
  • Fax: (757) 365-0543

Historic St. Luke's Church, "Old Brick", circa 1632, is our nations only surviving original Gothic building and the oldest Church of England foundation in America. In 1953, the non-profit corporation Historic St.Luke's Restoration was founded. This h...more


Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement

  • 2218 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S.
  • Williamsburg, VA  23185
  • Phone: (757) 253-4838
  • Tollfree: (888) 593-4682
  • Fax: (757) 253-5299

The story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits, and living history. Expansive gallery exhibits and an introductory film trace Jamestown's beginnings in England and the...more


Lee Hall Mansion

Lee Hall Mansion

  • 163 Yorktown Road
  • Newport News, VA  23603
  • Phone: (757) 888-3371
  • Fax: (757) 888-3373

Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall Mansion was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee, his wife Martha and their children. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall offers visitors a step back to the mid...more


MacArthur Memorial

MacArthur Memorial

  • MacArthur Square
  • 198 Bank Street
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 441-2965
  • Fax: (757) 441-5389

The MacArthur Memorial presents the story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The museum is housed in Norfolk's historic former city hall. Nine galleries of exhibits surround an imposing rotunda with General and Mrs. MacArthur's crypts. Adjacen...more


Nauticus

Nauticus

  • One Waterside Drive
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 664-1000
  • Tollfree: (800) 664-1080
  • Fax: (757) 623-1287

Nauticus is a maritime-themed science museum that explores the natural, economic, and naval power of the sea. It features hands-on exhibits, high-definition films on a giant screen, interactive theaters, the Battleship Wisconsin and more....more


Portsmouth Lightship Museum

Portsmouth Lightship Museum

  • 2 High Street
  • Portsmouth, VA  23704
  • Phone: (757) 393-8591
  • Fax: (757) 393-8244

Built in 1915, the Lightship Portsmouth served for 48 years at sea. In 1964, she retired to Portsmouth and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Now a museum, the Lightship Portsmouth gives a first-hand experience of life aboard a ligh...more


Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

  • 2 High Street
  • Portsmouth, VA  23704
  • Phone: (757) 393-8591
  • Fax: (757) 393-5244

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum offers a unique perspective on US history from Colonial to Civil War times & beyond. You'll find beautiful ship models, uniforms, military artifacts, and exhibits portraying life in 18th, 19th, and 20th centur...more


Riddick's Folly House Museum

Riddick's Folly House Museum

  • 510 North Main Street
  • Suffolk, VA  23434
  • Phone: (757) 934-0822
  • Fax: (757) 934-0822

Riddick's Folly was built by Mills Riddick in 1837. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia Historic Landmark. There are four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. We have many family pieces and period furnishings...more


Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

  • 326 North Main Street
  • Suffolk, VA  23434
  • Phone: (757) 923-4750
  • Fax: (757) 923-4751

Restored 1885 seaboard train station museum with gift shop and play area for children. Tour groups welcome advance notice requested.


Virginia Civil War Trails

Virginia Civil War Trails

  • Phone: (804) 783-7423
  • Tollfree: (800) 370-9004
  • Fax: (804) 780-2577

Village of Great BridgeOff route 168 north of Route 165    Located at the strategic crossing of the Albemarle and Chesapeake canals. During the war's early stages the Confederacy benefited from the link. Following the fall of Norfolk, ...more


Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum

  • 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
  • Newport News, VA  23601
  • Phone: (757) 595-1900
  • Fax: (757) 599-4897

View red wolves, bald eagles and a loggerhead turtle as you explore Virginia's natural heritage. Meet animals that live in the Chesapeake Bay, cypress swamp, Appalachian mountain cove, and limestone cave. Enjoy hands-on activities, planetarium, obser...more


Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

  • 2200 Parks Avenue
  • Virginia Beach, VA  23451
  • Phone: (757) 425-0000
  • Fax: (757) 425-8186

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our exhibitions and educational programming...more


Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

  • 206 High Street
  • Portsmouth, VA  23704
  • Phone: (757) 393-8031
  • Fax: (757) 393-8288

Honors great champions and celebrates the colorful characters of Virginia's rich sports history. Test skills at baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and auto racing. Showcases nearly 300 inductees along with a variety of sports exhibits, Interacti...more


Virginia War Museum

Virginia War Museum

  • 9285 Warwick Boulevard
  • Newport News, VA  23607
  • Phone: (757) 247-8523
  • Fax: (757) 247-8627

American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. The museum displays outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more which trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the...more


Yorktown Victory Center

Yorktown Victory Center

  • 260 Water Street, Route 1020
  • Yorktown, VA  23690
  • Phone: (757) 253-4838
  • Tollfree: (888) 593-4682
  • Fax: (757) 253-5299

America's evolution from colonial status to nationhood is chronicled through a unique blend of timeline, film, thematic exhibits, and outdoor living history. An outdoor exhibit walkway details events that led American colonies to declare independence...more


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