Have fun hunting throughout Hampton Roads for these quirky and educational icons
Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia scavenger hunt
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Take part in our scavenger hunt for some of the area’s most recognizable, historical or just plain quirky icons. You’ll have fun discovering (or re-discovering) some of the most interesting facts about Hampton Roads. Bonus: take a picture of any of the icons and enter to win our photo contest!
How to enter:
1. Take a photo of any of the icons from our scavenger hunt.
2. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by July 26.
3. Voting begins July 29 on HamptonRoadsMag.com. The three photos with the most votes will win two free weekend passes to Verizon Wireless American Music Festival hosted by Beach Street USA, held August 30-September 1.
Statue of Thomas Jefferson (Williamsburg)
Once a student at the College of William & Mary, Thomas Jefferson left a debt of about $17,000, which was a factor in the college’s closing in the later 1800s. The University of Virginia dedicated the statue to William & Mary as a gift that would represent “forgiveness” for Jefferson’s past debts to the school. The dedication plaque states, “I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing of the happiness of man.”
Giant Propeller (Newport News)
The 14-foot-tall, five-bladed propeller at the entrance to the Mariners’ Museum once pushed the luxurious SS United States through the ocean during the 1950s. The boat was originally built as a competitor that would achieve the honor of being the fastest trans-Atlantic ocean liner. The large project cost approximately $79 million at the time, which equates to $702 million in today’s market. The entire project was completed at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, making this piece of history truly loyal to the Hampton Roads area.
Emancipation Oak (Hampton)
At almost 100 feet in diameter, Hampton University’s Emancipation Oak was used as shade for one of the first classes taught to freed slaves in the late 19th century. Decades later, African Americans gathered under the tree to hear the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South, which demanded that education be provided to all blacks in the United States. The National Geographic Society designated it as one of the Great Trees of the World.
Underneath the movie listings at Commodore Theater (Portsmouth)
Built by Portsmouth resident William Stanley “Bunkie” Wilder in the 1940s, the Commodore Theater was one of three art deco theaters designed by John Zink, who also designed the Uptown in D.C. and the Senator in Baltimore. Wilder also owned many other popular theaters in the area including the Gates in Portsmouth, the Warwick in Newport News, the Newport in Norfolk and the Colley which stands today as the Naro in Norfolk.
Mr. Peanut statue (Suffolk)
Planters Peanuts was established in the Suffolk area in 1912 and turned the local commodity into a household brand. The conception of the idea came from the imagination of a 14-year-old boy from Suffolk, who won a contest for designing the Planters’ new logo. An artist added a monocle, top hat and cane to the character. Find him at the corner of Main and Washington Streets in downtown Suffolk.