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Celebrating Virginia’s Naval History

by Tom | Posted on March 30th, 2012

Virginia’s sailing history goes back as far as its founding, so when an opportunity comes to showcase that sailing heritage, we’re all in.

Opsail Virginia 2012 logoThis summer visitors can get on board for OpSail 2012 Virginia™, a week long commemoration of the War of 1812 and celebration of the world’s great tall ships. From June 1st to June 12th, numerous sailing vessels, including current U.S. Navy ships, will ply the waters around Norfolk and Hampton Roads. Many of these ships hail from foreign ports and will bring with them their cultures and international experience to share with guests.

Piggybacking on Norfolk’s annual Harborfest®, events will include the traditional Parades of Sail, ship tours, fireworks, concerts and festivals, educational events and even more programs.

Here’s just a sampling of some of the major events in and around the Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore of Virginia:

Norfolk – June 9 – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will play a free concert at Town Point Park on the waterfront.

Hampton – June 1-3 – Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Virginia Beach – June 1-3 – Blue Angels Air Show – Patriotic Festival

Yorktown – June 1-3 – Yorktown Maritime Weekend

Norfolk – June 6 – Virginia Arts Festival Finale & OpSail 2012 Opening Night Gala

Norfolk – June 8-11 – Norfolk Harborfest®

Cape Charles – June 8-12 – Tall Ships Cape Charles

Tall Ship Sunset



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Happy Birthday President Wilson!

by Casey | Posted on December 28th, 2011

On December 28, 1856 Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia. While he was taken to Georgia as an infant, he always referred to himself as a Virginian. Wilson was the 28th President of the United States of America.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton today – for free – until 5 p.m. On display is his Pierce-Arrow limousine, and you’ll be intrigued with the new state-of-the-art World War I trench exhibit. Children will enjoy the interactive Kids’ Corner, and it’s a beautiful day for a stroll through the boxwood garden.

Can’t make it today? Visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday (winter hours). Admission is $5 to $14 depending on age; kids 6 and under are free.

Additionally, the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia is hosting a multi-gallery long-term exhibit called The Story of Virginia in which Woodrow Wilson is included in the Americans Again segment focusing on World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Cold War. The Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 ’til 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Learn more about Virginia’s Presidents at

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