Special Sub-Topic: Newport News
|Who or what was Newport News named after?|
Christopher Newport. I had an Advanced Placement Government teacher who developed a theory that it was named after 'Port Nuece' of England. He claims that orginal maps spell it' 'New Port Nuece.' But most books on Newport News agree that this town was named after Captain Christopher Newport
|Newport News is the home of the world's largest(________________)?|
shipyard. Bill Gates owns the largest percentage of stock in this company.
|What famous artist was from Newport News?|
Pearl Bailey. There is library named after her the Southeastern part of Newport News.
|What bridge created on Lake Maury in 1931 still stands today?|
Lion's Bridge. 'The project that perhaps had the greatest impact on the park was the construction of a dam across the mouth of Waters Creek. This dam, known locally as 'Lions Bridge' because of the decorative stone lions that adorn it, was completed in 1931, creating the 167 acre lake now known as Lake Maury. The lake was named for Matthew Fontaine Maury, famed 19th century oceanographer and native Virginian.' from:(The Mariners Museum website)
|The PFAC or Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News has housed works by all of the following artists EXCEPT:|
Keith Herring. This is quite an impressive resume for a small town center funded by state and patrons.
|Newport News is home of one of the first African Americans to try a case before the Virginia Supreme Court. What is his name?|
J. Thomas Newsome. His home is now a museum and cultural center in Southeastern Newport News.
|What housing community in Newport News boasts of houses from the 1600's and was once known as 'The Gold Coast'?|
Huntington Heights. The Matthew Jones House, dates from about 1680 and incorporates more than ninety architectural features.
|Newport News is also home of what famous collection of nautical models?|
Crabtree Collection of Miniature Ships. If you ever visit The Mariners Museum in Newport News you must see this collection it is breathtaking.
|True or False? Newport News is over one hundred years old.|
t. It celebrated its centennial year in 1996.
|Ture of False? Newport News hosted the 2001 Junior Olympics.|
t. It was held at Heritage High School. (My High School)I Hope you enjoyed learning about my small town city with big history. www.newport-news.org
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