Events & News


Author Elizabeth Cooper Discusses Norfolk Southern in Hampton Roads 

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • May 7, 2PM

Norfolk Southern Railway’s history in southeastern Virginia began in the mid-19th century when a young civil engineer named William Mahone designed an innovative 12-mile long roadbed through the Great Dismal Swamp. Nearly 170 years later, Mahone’s design continues to serve as a major route for Norfolk Southern traffic, supporting millions of tons of freight each year. One of the nation’s largest Class 1 railroads, Norfolk Southern was created through the merger of Roanoke-based Norfolk & Western Railway and Washington, DC-based Southern Railway in June 1982. Join author Elizabeth Cooper for this informative presentation. She will sign and sell books afterwards. Admission is free.

National Train Day Celebration

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • May 13, 10AM-4PM
Celebrate America’s love of railroads at the historic Lee Hall train station in Newport News. Enjoy a day of fun for all ages with interactive model train layouts, children’s activities, costumed railroad characters, music, door prizes, vendors, food and more! Admission is $5 per person for guests age 7 and older (guests under age 7 are free), and tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at

An Evening Exploration at Endview

  • Historic Endview
  • May 18,  7PM

The grounds of historic Endview come to life after dark with a variety of nocturnal creatures. Learn about various animals’ nightly routines and habitats. A variety of activities will be offered including a guided multi-sensory sunset trail walk that will give participants a chance to listen and look for specific types of wildlife. Admission is free; reservations are recommended at

Armed Forces Day Concert 

  • Huntington Park in front of Virginia War Museum
  • May 20, 5PM

Kick off the Virginia War Museum’s centennial celebration with a free outdoor concert in the park in front of the museum! Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the music of US Fleet Forces Band, under the direction of Lt. Joel Davidson. Known as the “finest of the fleet,” the band performs more than 400 engagements annually. Food trucks will be on hand to sell refreshments, and ample free parking is available in Huntington Park. After the concert, enjoy complimentary admission to the Virginia War Museum until 8PM.

Memorial Day Free Admission Day 

  • Virginia War Museum
  • May 29, 9AM – 4PM

Honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country by visiting the Virginia War Museum this Memorial Day.