Events & News


Buildings and Business: The Landscape of African Americans in the East End of Newport News

  • Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
  • February 2 – 25; open Thursday – Saturday, 10AM-5PM

In celebration of Black History Month, the Newsome House presents the historical exhibit “Buildings and Business: The Landscape of African Americans in the East End of Newport News.” The exhibit explores the important role of African Americans in the physical and cultural development of the East End of Newport News as business leaders, labor organizers, and workers in key industries as well as builders of landmarks including First Baptist Church Newport News, Whittaker Hospital, and the Moton Theater. Admission is free. Museum is open Thursday – Saturday. 

The Real John Henry: Lecture and Activities

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • February 18, Lecture at 2PM; activities all day

Beloved African American folk hero John Henry is celebrated for his legendary contest to out-perform a steam engine while boring through rock to create West Virginia mountain tunnels for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Explore the myth and reality of this character and of the 1950s train Jawn Henry that was named for him. Children’s activities as well as hands-on displays pertaining to John Henry will be offered throughout the day, and there will be a lecture at 2PM. Program and activities are included with regular museum admission.

Van tour: The World of 1607

  • Departs from Lee Hall Mansion
  • March 18, 9AM – 4PM

Journey back to 17th-century Virginia with historian J. Michael Moore. Learn about the Chesapeake voyages of English sea dog Captain Christopher Newport and noted adventurer Captain John Smith. Expect extensive walking in addition to the driving tour of local historic sites. $50.00 per person. For reservations, call 757-888-3371 ext. 306.

Women’s History Tours: Historic Endview and Lee Hall Mansion

  • March 18, 10AM – 4PM

In honor of Women’s History Month, learn about the women associated with these two historic sites. Guided tours will feature insights into the daily lives of each site’s female residents from different eras. An additional activity and fun takeaway will be provided. Tours are every hour on the hour from 10 AM to 3 PM. The program is included with each site’s regular admission. Walk-ins only, no reservations except for groups over 15.



All Aboard for a Hobo Jamboree!

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • March 25, 1PM – 4PM

During the Great Depression, thousands of destitute men set out across the country in search of jobs. Hitching rides in boxcars, they lived a nomadic life, carrying their few possessions on their back in a bindle stick. We’ll explore how these often misunderstood persons, known as hobos, dealt with the difficulties of life on the rails. Wear your worst train or hobo duds for the Best Dressed Hobo Contest; judging and prizes at 3PM. Other activities to include a hobo camp, sing-along, crafts, language of the hobo, storytelling, games, photo ops and more. Included with regular museum admission. 

Yoga with Chessie!

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • April 1, 2PM

Our favorite feline, Chessie, will be at the Depot for a workout featuring the mewest exercise trend—kitty yoga. Looking for an extra bite to your usual routine? Stretch in cat pose and undertake other movements to enhance fitness, relaxation and meditation. Purrfect for participants of any age or skill set. The session lasts about an hour and is led by a certified yoga instructor. Please bring your own mat or beach towel. $12.00 fee includes museum admission, yoga class, and refreshments. Ticket link available here beginning March 1!