Historic Homes & Neighborhoods
Newport News is home to two historic neighborhoods. Historic Hilton Village, a neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes, was built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. Today, the neighborhood includes shops, restaurants, the Peninsula Community Theatre and the Main Street Library.
The Historic North End/Huntington Heights neighborhood is located between Huntington Avenue and Warwick Boulevard, from 46th Street and 73rd Street. Adjacent to Newport News Shipbuilding, this area contains numerous beautiful 1920s homes. Both neighborhoods are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sponsor annual special events.
Also located in Newport News are five historic homes open to the public. Built before the Revolutionary War, the Matthew Jones House (circa 1720) on Fort Eustis also highlights the history of Mulberry Island, one of the first areas settled after Jamestown in 1607. Nearby are Endview Plantation (1769) and Lee Hall Mansion (1859), both restored to their Civil War appearance.
Two other historic homes are located in one of Newport News' oldest neighborhoods, the East End. The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center (1899) is a modified Queen Anne-style home. Nearby is the 19th century James A. Fields House, the city's newest historic home open to the public. Both the Newsome and Fields houses were originally home to prominent African-American community leaders.
For operating hours, directions and admission information about these or other attractions in Newport News, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or visit them at 13560 Jefferson Avenue (Exit 250B from I-64), at the entrance to Newport News Park. The Newport News Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.