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Virginia Beach is on the southern side of the entrance to Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay. At the northern end of Virginia Beach Cape Henry and Fort Story are on the point opposite the Virginia Eastern shore. To the west of Virginia Beach is Norfolk and the sprawling town of Chesapeake. We used to live in Norfolk, and we've been to Norfolk many times, but until this last trip, we've basically ignored Virginia Beach.

If you are interested in the history of the area, "Virginia Beach, A Pictorial History" by James M. Jordan and Frederick S. Jordan, 1973 Hale Publishing Co. might be one book for you and another is "The Beach" compiled and revised by the Virginia Beach Public Library. It offers a very complete history and lots of little known facts about the town.

Captain John Smith is perhaps the best known explorer of the region, but actually Admiral Christopher Newport organized the first shore party which landed at Cape Henry. There is a monument to this landing on the present Fort Story.

Believe it or not, in addition to many beach and sporting activities, Virginia Beach has several buildings that are on the Historic Register.

Buildings and Sites List
• Lynnhaven House
• Spruance Cottage
• Holly House
• Upper Wolfsnare Plantation
• Howell Residence at 207 66th Street
• Gettel Home
• Old Comfort
• Cayce Hospital for Research and Enlightenment
• Faulkner House
• Towne-Johnson Family Home
• Darden House
• Salem United Methodist Church
• Simons Residence
• Williams Cottage at 50th Street
• Rawles Cottage
• 411 16th Street
• 1909 Indian River Road
• Outbuildings of 1560 North Muddy Creek Road
• Chaplain House
• Old Donation Episcopal Church
• 5047 Euclid Road
• 805 Cavalier Drive
• St. John's Baptist Church
• Greystone
• Ferry Plantation House
• Little Island Coast Guard Station
• Pembroke Manor House
• Pleasant Hall
• Thomas Murray House
• Richard Murray Manor House
• Tabernacle United Methodist Church
• The English Cottage
• The Ford Property
• Pine Hill
• Enoch Capps House
• The Edgar Cayce Home

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  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 12:06 PM

    Thank you for the info on the life saving museum. It is now on our things to see list. The book "The Beach" how do I get ahold of it? Joyce

  • city_guy's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2005 at 7:53 PM

    Lovely page and tips. :)


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