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Colonists arrived to the Newport News area in the early 1600s. Captain Christopher Newport was the commander of the English fleet flagship that landed in Jamestown in 1607. He traveled frequently to the area of Newport News to deliver supplies and new settlers. Whenever Newport arrived, it was considered “good news.” Records of the name “Newportes Newes” go all the way back to 1619, making Newport News one of the oldest-named places in the US.
Newport News is a maritime city considered part of the Hampton Roads region. While it was founded soon after Jamestown was established, it remained mostly farmland until the industrial boom after the Civil War. Today, the city’s economy is mainly defined by the maritime industry and the military, with the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding and the Fort Eustis Army Base being major employers.
Located on the southwestern tip of the Virginia Peninsula, Newport News is surrounded by water: the James River, the York River, Hampton Roads Harbor, and the Chesapeake Bay. Residents enjoy the water with activities such as fishing and boating. Newport News is rich with history and contains several historic buildings, battle sites, monuments, and artifacts dating back to the 1600s.
If you’ve found yourself in the position of moving to an apartment in Newport News, celebrate this “good news” by exploring this remarkable city. It has been attracting residents since the 1600s, and it is still a charming and dynamic place to call home.
Things to Do in Newport News:
If Newport News is the place you’ve chosen for your next apartment, you’ll experience a mild climate year-round, which means more time to do the recreational activities you love. There are 32 city parks maintained by the Newport News Parks. The second largest city park in the United States, Newport New Park, includes 30 miles of trails, a disc golf course, an archery range, and an aeromodel flying field. Another great place to take the family is Huntington Park, which offers the “Fort Fun” playground facility. At the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Hands-On For Kids gallery allows kids to create their own masterpieces, and parents can see a play or concert at the Ferguson Center for the Arts.
Be sure to take some time after moving to Newport to explore the Mariners’ Museum – it is one of the nations’ largest maritime museums with 90,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum also includes a large lake, a five-mile shoreline trail that includes 14 bridges, and an impressive collection of maritime artifacts from around the world.
Another fantastic and unique destination to explore is the Virginia Living Museum, an open-air museum that is home to a variety of indigenous species. The museum, which was founded in 1966, combines an aquarium, science center, butterfly garden, botanical preserve, planetarium, and aviary for a truly spectacular experience.
There are some beautiful beaches in the Newport News area. One that may become a fast favorite is King-Lincoln Park, a beachfront park with a stage for concerts, a nature center, a fishing pier, a natural beach, picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball courts, and tennis courts.
History buffs will enjoy visiting the Lee Hall Mansion, a brick plantation house that was built around 1848. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is open to the public for tours. Special events and festivals are also held at the property.
Located just northwest of Newport News you’ll discover Endview Plantation, a plantation home that was built in 1769. The house and grounds played an important role during the American Revolution, when General Thomas Nelson, Jr’s troops used it as a resting place on their way to Yorktown in 1781. The house was also used by the military during the War of 1812, and it briefly served as a hospital during the Civil War.
The Virginia War Museum was established in 1923. This museum has a fascinating collection that tracks America’s military history from 1775 to the present. Exhibits include America and War, Women at War, Prisoner of War, the Fowler Gallery of Arms, and Visions of War.
What to Consider When Moving to Newport News:
Newport News was one of the original Shires of Virginia formed in 1634 by King Charles I. It has played a role in every major battle, including the Civil War, where it was the site of the Peninsula Campaign and the famous “Battle of the Ironclads” in 1862.
Popular areas in Newport News include Port Warwick, Kiln Creek, and Oyster Point City Center, which are all planned communities. While Kiln Creek is the newest development, Port Warwick and Oyster Point City Center are both central business districts. In fact, Oyster Point City Center has been hailed the new downtown area of Newport News, including shopping areas, easy access to the airport and public transportation, and many city offices. At Newport News, you can have it all – sunsets on the Atlantic and bustling urban life.
Newport News has many unique neighborhoods, so be sure to explore them before deciding where you want your new Newport News apartment to be located. Be sure to check out the historic Hilton Village, a US Historic District. This neighborhood was built between 1918 and 1921. It is considered the nation’s first Federal war-housing project, developed during WWI.
The neighborhood of Denbigh dates back to 1634. It was an independent town and even served as the county seat, but is now a Newport News neighborhood. Denbigh contains the Warwick County Courthouse, built in 1810 and now a museum.
Warwick was once an independent city – it was part of the original Warwick River Shire, a British Colony that was established in 1634. Warwick became a Newport News neighborhood in 1958.
Why Newport News Apartments Are Hot:
Newport News is a historic and busy city with plenty of natural beauty. Residents enjoy hiking, fishing, bicycling, swimming, fishing, and boating. Newport News features 32 city parks, including the large Newport News Park. The parks offer everything from swimming beaches to camping to archery to a public golf course. There are plenty of bike paths, jogging trails, fishing piers, and public boat ramps as well.
Newport News is near several colleges and universities, including the nearby College of William and Mary, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Hampton University. Christopher Newport University is located in Newport News and is a public liberal arts university.
The city has a thriving economy that focuses on the military and shipbuilding, and it has many beautiful parks and historic sites to explore. Add in a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and theaters and renting an apartment in Newport News opens up a world of possibilities.
Why Newport News?
- Popular communities like Oyster Point City Center, Port Warwick, and Kiln Creek
- Employment opportunities with Newport News Shipbuilding, CSX Transportation, and Fort Eustis army base
- Thriving arts community with the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Ferguson Center for the Arts
- Educational opportunities at the Virginia War Museum, the US Army Transportation Museum, and the Mariners’ Museum
- Home to 32 city parks, including Newport News Park, the second largest city park in the United States
- Several colleges and universities in the city’s surrounding area, including Christopher Newport University, Norfolk State University, and the College of William and Mary
- Hampton University
- Thomas Nelson Community College
- Christopher Newport University
- Tidewater Community College
- Eastern Virginia Med School
- Norfolk Naval Air Station
- Norfolk Naval Base
- Norfolk Naval Aviation Depot
- Fort Monroe
- U South Coast Guard Station