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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a city dedicated to preserving its heritage, Portsmouth presents an architectural view unrivaled in elegance and diversity. Colonial. Federal. Greek Revival. Georgian. Victorian. In the approximately 20 blocks that make up the Olde Towne Historic District, you will find one of the most impressive collections of antique homes found between Alexandria, Va., and Charleston, S.C. The Olde Towne Historic District is one of five districts in Portsmouth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
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This image shows re-enactors on the Olde Towne Lantern Tour, a walking tour of the Olde Towne historic district with a costumed guide at twilight. On this hour-long tour, visitors get a taste of the legends and folklore of Olde Towne but also learn about the district’s unique architectural styles, which include Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, Georgian and Victorian. The tours, which are available only on Tuesdays, June through September, begin at 8:30 p.m. from the lobby of the Holiday Inn, 8 Crawford Parkway. 757-393-5111 or 800-PORTS-VA. Admission. Special group tours available.
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum - This museum pays tribute to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, a government-owned shipyard in Portsmouth and the oldest shipyard in the country. Memorabilia includes uniforms, cannon balls, models of ships and a piece of the CSS Virginia (the Merrimac). Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5p.m., closed Mondays except during the summer. 2 High St. (757) 393-8591. Admission.
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An exhibit found in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum.
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A crane at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal.
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Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - The Hall of Fame honors Virginia sports heroes ranging from golfer Sam Snead to tennis star Arthur Ashe. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m., closed Mondays. 420 High St.  (757) 393-8031. Admission.
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The Olde Towne waterfront (seen in the background, behind the American Rover) is just one of our many treasures. Unlike many urban cities, our buildings are scaled down so that the daily life of the Elizabeth River is not lost behind high-rise buildings. Alfresco dining is extremely popular along the waterfront, which is also the site of our many festivals. The Olde Towne Portsmouth waterfront is a special place where visitors and residents alike can occasionally catch a glimpse of a majestic cruise ship undergoing repairs across the river or a battleship making its way down the harbor to the nation’s oldest naval shipyard.
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Fresnel Lens - Having begun service in 1896 as part of the Hog Island Light off the Great Machipongo Inlet on the Eastern Shore, today this first order Fresnel lens is valued between $750,000 and $1 million. It stands about 10 feet high, weighs 2,500 pounds and is among the largest and brightest of its kind, with more than 250 prisms of optical glass. Housed in a 16-foot-wide pavilion, this lens is the only one displayed outside of a museum setting. Located on the Portsmouth Seawall near High Street Landing.
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The Pokey Smokey, an authentic 19th-century reproduction of a coal-fired steam locomotive. The park is located at 140 City Park Ave. Call 757-465-2937 for information.
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