Things to Do: History

Celebrate Our Presidential/American Heritage in COVA

Craving a blast from the past? Get a dose of history and celebrate President’s day at these exciting attractions in Coastal Virginia. Here are 4 places to visit this President’s day in COVA: Williamsburg If you’re a history lover, Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see! Stroll through Colonial Williamsburg and explore the historic shops! You can also take a historic journey through the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Celebrating Black History Month

Virginia Legends Walk Gate
Celebrate Black History Month through art, storytelling, performance and other special exhibitions featured throughout Coastal Virginia. Don’t miss these great opportunities to experience and learn about black history in the area. Here are 6 ways to celebrate Black History Month in COVA: Virginia Beach The Virginia Legends Walk (VLW) in Virginia Beach pays homage to the legends of the state of Virginia, both past and present. Located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront

Winter Day Trips to COVA

Got a day with nothing planned? Why not head to Coastal Virginia? Whether you prefer to stroll through historic sites or learn how to blow glass, you can do it in Cova! Here are five winter day trips you need to take to COVA: Williamsburg If you’re only here for a day and trying to find the best way to spend your time in Williamsburg, the Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see!

COVA’s Cabin Fever Cures

Tired of being cooped up inside? Coastal Virginia may be known for it’s outdoor adventure, but we’ve got plenty to do indoors as well! Here are five cures to beat cabin fever in COVA: Hampton For indoor fun on a winter day, the Virginia Air & Space Center can’t be beat. The official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center, the Virginia Air & Space Center houses more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits. Kid favorites

Honoring Those Who Served in COVA

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”— Dan Lipinski Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Coastal Virginia is the proud home

Settle Down for a Long Winter’s Nap…

After all the excitement of our Christmas in Smithfield events, you’ll be ready to don your kerchief and cap. Why not make reservations now with one of Smithfield’s cozy, comfortable lodgings? You’ll be footsteps away from a warm bed. Whether a historic B&B, a waterfront resort or new Hampton Inn, there are plenty of choices for every taste and budget. Christmas in Smithfield takes place Friday through Sunday, December 2-4. Historic Homes Tours – both

Fall’s Hidden Haunted Gems

In the mood for some tricks and treats? We’ve gathered all the hot spots together for your Tour de Boo this October. Grab your friends and get ready to discover these spooky hidden gems. There’s even some not-so-spooky fun for your little pumpkins! Here are six ways to get ghouled in COVA: Norfolk Haunted Ship: Alien Terror. Aliens have crash landed in the Elizabeth River and invaded the Battleship Wisconsin – will you be

Did you know that the World’s Oldest Ham resides in Smithfield, Virginia?

Meet Jennifer England, this famous ham’s caretaker You can find this unusual artifact at the Isle of Wight County Museum, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown Smithfield. The museum is also home to the world’s oldest peanut, and it’s the responsibility of Jennifer England, director of the museum, to care for these important – though somewhat unusual – treasures. Edible artifacts were something new for Jennifer when she began

Celebrate Summer 2016 at Genuine Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival!

           Enjoy an old-fashioned, family-friendly good time at Genuine Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival on Friday & Saturday, June 24th & 25th. Dance the night away on Friday night with two free concerts! Anthony Snape at 6 pm at the Bank of Southside VA (sponsored by Smithfield Music) and Ocean Breeze at the Smithfield Times Gazebo at 7 pm. Imagine yourself behind the wheel of one of the Hot Rods lined up along

A young videographer’s take on Virginia’s oldest church

You’ll be impressed by this video, created by 17-year-old Smithfield High Senior Robert Kerr as part of his Eagle Scout project. Robert combined his love of history and making videos (and four weeks of work!) to create “Welcome to St. Luke’s Church.” Robert does a terrific job of highlighting the church’s interesting history. As the weather starts to warm up a bit, consider touring the grounds and the guided tour of the church. St.