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Portsmouth (Postcard History)

Keith Atkins

In 1752, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act approving Col. William Crawford's survey for a town, which he would name Portsmouth after his hometown in England. Crawford envisioned a port that would be known for its commerce and naval capabilities. Today Portsmouth is home to the nation's oldest naval shipyard and naval hospital. The roots of the U.S. Coast Guard were established here when the nation's first lightship was placed offshore at Craney Island in 1820. "Olde Towne" and other residential sections of the city remain mostly intact, with picturesque dwellings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Strolling around the downtown district, one can still admire the many churches, theaters, and commercial structures that have been a part of Portsmouth's history and culture.

Backroads & Byways of Chesapeake Bay: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions

Leslie Atkins

This brand-new book is perfect for lighthouse enthusiasts, dolphin lovers, history buffs, art admirers, bargain shoppers—everyone! Want to hunt shipwrecks for treasure? Explore War of 1812 sites? How about visiting a waterfront village to enjoy great seafood? Or birding in a bird-watching mecca? Backroads & Byways of Chesapeake Bay devotes itineraries to each of these and many more, all accompanied by color photos and maps.

All the ideas and information you need for a few days or a few weeks here are covered. Award-winning author Leslie Atkins also recommends comfortable accommodations and delightful restaurants to help ensure that your stay all around the Bay will be memorable.

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