Take a trip down memory lane to beloved destinations for fun and families across Virginia's tidewater.
Cruise the rails of Ocean View Amusement Park's "The Rocket" roller coaster, dig for fossils at Hampton's Rice's Fossil Pit, celebrate the winter season at Portsmouth's Coleman's Nursery and learn the significant role that Buckroe Beach's Bay Shore Beach Park played in American history. From the Great White Fleet to a Wild West park, journey through this vibrant history with author and historian Nancy E. Sheppard and discover whether such cherished places can ever truly be lost.
About the Author
Nancy E. Sheppard is a historian, author and native of Hampton Roads, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from American Military University. Her first book, The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads (The History Press, 2016), earned a nomination for the 2017 Virginia Literary Awards. She is a staff writer and photojournalist for the Yorktown Crier-Poquoson Post. Her most recent book is Hampton Roads Murder & Mayhem (The History Press, 2018).
Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts 11
1 Tidewater versus Hampton Roads: An Early History 15
2 Hotels, Railways and the Birth of a Resort: Hampton Roads, 1524-Present 20
3 Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition: Norfolk, 1907 37
4 Ocean View and Seaview Beach Parks: Norfolk and Virginia Beach, 1901-1978 58
5 Seaside Park: Virginia Beach, 1906-1981 76
6 Buckroe Beach Amusement Park: Hampton, 1895-1985 86
7 Bay Shore Beach and Resort: Hampton, 1897-1973 102
8 Peninsula Charity Fair and Automotive Show: Newport News, 193 7-1938 111
9 Frontier City: Virginia Beach, 3.961-1964 119
10 Coleman Nursery's Winter Wonderland: Portsmouth, 1965-2003 125
11 Rice's Fossil Pit: Hampton, 1967-1992 138
12 Presidents Park: Williamsburg, 2004-2010 144
13 "Lost" Honorable Mentions 152
Closing Thoughts 173
About the Author 205