Lee Hall Mansion
Mariner's Museum - 'Metamora' by James Bard
Virginia Living Museum
Built in 1769, the three wars fought on American soil have all left their traces at Endview Plantation. The Revolutionary War brought 3,000 militia to its fresh water spring. The War of 1812 saw its use as a training ground and during the Civil War, Endview served as a Confederate captain's home and a hospital for both sides.
The Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts is a distinctive location for the presentation of the finest artists in the world. This acoustically-superb venue showcases a myriad of world-class entertainment year-round.
James A. Fields (1844-1903) was a born a slave in Hanover County, VA. In 1862, he and his brother escaped slavery and found refuge at Fort Monroe in Hampton. His restored home is historically significant for its long association with the development of the social and civic life of the African-American community in Newport News. In 1908, four doctors asked the Fields family for use of the top floor to start a hospital. Other than the city jail’s infirmary, this institution represented the only outlet for hospitalization of blacks and provided two years of generous service to the black community.
Completed in 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 Mansion was used as a headquarters by Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and General John B. Magruder during April and May of 1862.
Dare to follow in the wake of the hero's of the great Age of Exploration and celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure in one of the largest international maritime history museums. Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more.
Photo: "Metamora" by James Bard.
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the postwar Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia.
This hands-on center promotes art appreciation and education for children and adults. In addition to changing gallery space, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center maintains a permanent "Hands-on for Kids" gallery designed for children and families to interact in a fun, educational environment that encourages participation with art materials and concepts.
The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is devoted entirely to the history of the U.S. Army transportation from Colonial days to the present. The Museum's artifact collection numbers nearly 7,000 objects and 1,000 exhibit props from artifacts including planes, helicopters, tugboats, and landing craft to trucks, jeeps, hovercraft and trains.
This museum is a spectacular combination of native wildlife park, natural science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve, planetarium theater and observatory - all in a wooded lakeside setting. An outdoor nature trail brings visitors up close to Virginia's wildlife in natural settings including bald eagles, bobcats, fox, deer, wild turkeys, herons, egrets and pelicans.
Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military, and Visions of War - the Museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.