Historical sites

Newport News' rich history, which begins with Virginia's indigenous peoples, followed the founding of Jamestown, and continued on the road to American independence has played an important role in our nation. From the landing at Jamestown in 1607, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812 to the 1862 Peninsula Campaign (during which the Battle of the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor took place), visitors can step back in time and learn about our nation's beginning while visiting Newport News. For more information, see all of our Attractions & Museums in Newport News.

Related Sites & Attractions

Civil War

A little more than 150 years ago, the woods and waters of Newport News echoed with the sounds of the Civil War; the tramp of thousands of boots along the Great Warwick Road, the thunder of cannons, the crack of rifle fire, the shout of orders - sometimes to "ghost" soldiers, and the cries of the wounded and the dying. The Civil War in Newport News saw the world's first battle between ironclad ships, the awarding of two Medals of Honor, a growing role for African-Americans in the United States military, and one woman who, disguised as a male soldier, fought for her country.

Today, Newport News pays tribute to this heroism of the past with historic homes, battle sites, re-enactments, fortifications, monuments and extraordinary collections of personal artifacts. The story of the Civil War is the story of the people - men and women, black and white, slave and free, rich and poor, decorated generals and 18-year-old privates. Come and meet them in Newport News. Click here to find our Civil War brochure.

If you are interested in bringing a group to Newport News to experience our city's history, please contact Cheryl Morales, Marketing Manager, at 757-926-1428..

African-American History

The history of African-Americans in the United States was and still plays a vital role in Coastal Virginia and Newport News. From historical landmarks such as The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center and James A. Fields House to notable natives such as Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey, the history of black Americans shaped the city and region. Click here for more information.