In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War why not plan a Civil War themed getaway? Many states across our nation are ideal spots to plan one, including Virginia.
What follows are elements that can be combined to create such a getaway in Newport News.
Civil War Attractions and Events
Civil War themed attractions in Newport News include the “Lee Hall Mansion”, “USS Monitor Center”, “Mariner’s Museum”, ” Virginia War Museum”, “Endview Plantation” and the “James Field’s House.”
Each of the attractions will be hosting dedicatory events throughout the year. Details of the events can be found on each of the facility’s individual websites as well as on the “Virginia Civil War” website.
Some of the events include the statewide “Annual Historic Garden Week” and the “Capital of the Confederacy Tour.”
Scheduled to take place from April 16th through April 23rd, 2011, the “Annual Historic Garden Week” will include a Newport News – Hampton tour on April 20th, 2011 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Advance tickets to the tour may be purchased for $25 per person through the “VA Garden Week” website. The tour will take participants through a variety of historic homes and gardens including the “Lee Hall Mansion.”
The “Lee Hall Mansion” is hosting a “Capital of the Confederacy” tour on April 16th, 2011 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. During the tour two Civil War Historians will take participants to Civil War locations such as “Belle Isles Civil War Prison site”, “Hollywood Cemetery”, and the “American Civil War Center at historic Tredegar” in nearby Richmond.
There are assorted lodging options in Newport News including chain hotels, small Inns and campgrounds.
Those who are averse to spending the night in a chain hotel would do well to consider “The Mulberry Inn” where nightly rates range from $79 to $109.
In addition, travelers may want to consider spending the night at “The Boxwood Inn.” The circa 1896 “Boxwood Inn” has four guest rooms that range in price from $105 to $145.
Recognized as the former residence of Simon “Boss Man” Curtis, the building is replete with 14 foot ceilings, arched fireplaces, antique furnishings and décor.
10 Elmhurst Street
Newport News, VA 23603
There is no shortage of restaurants in the area, many of which are located within the chain hotels. Those diners that prefer a more distinct dining experience will not be disappointed either.
During certain times of the year, the “Mariner’s Classic Movie Café” located within the “Mariner’s Museum” offers a surprisingly affordable meal accompanied by the showing of a maritime movie.
A mere $5 admission fee gains diners access to the movie showing, vibrant film discussions and a bag of buttery popcorn.
Additional lunch items are available for sale and range in price from $3 for a cup of soup up to $7 for a 7 inch sub sandwich.
The “Mariner’s Classic Movie Café” is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Sunday from Noon until 4:00 pm.
Diners looking for more than a cup of soup and salty, sea cinema might enjoy a more genteel dining experience such as the one offered by “The First Ladies Tea Parlor.”
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch, the tea parlor staff are fastidious when it comes to the details surrounding their signature “Afternoon Tea Experiences.”
Diners will delight in the sensibly priced, fresh baked goods, opulent condiments and flavorful teas all served on ornate silver and china.
First Ladies Tea Parlor
2170 William Styron Square
Newport News, VA 23606
Those who would like to learn more about Civil War related things to see in Newport News should log onto the “Newport News Tourism Development’s” website.
Debbie Nunley and Karen Jane Elliot, “A Taste of Virginia: A Guide to Historic Eateries and Their Recipes”, Google Books
Leisure Group Travel, “Newport News Develops Ghost Tour” Leisure Group Travel
Newport News Tourism Development Office, “Places to Stay” Newport News Tourism Development Office
Garden Club of Virginia, “Hampton – Newport News” Virginia Garden Week
Lee Hall Mansion, “The Capital of the Confederacy” Lee Hall Mansion