Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Carrollton Smithfield
20080 Brewer's Neck Blvd.
Carrollton, VA 23314
Phone: (757) 542-3091
Fax: (757) 542-3097
Arts & Museums
This Indian tribe originally lived along the Nansemond River and were part of the empire ruled by Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. The museum tells their story and exhibits an assortment of crafts, jewelry, clothing, books, and historical artifacts.
Explore the arts at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, events and studio classes. Pfac's mission is to provide a balanced and stimulating program of visual arts, through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs for children and adults. Schedule a tour to learn more about the exhibitions and have a fun, interactive experience. Pfac offers guided tours to groups of 10 or more. Tours encourage guests to actively view and discuss the art. To schedule a tour please call the Education Department at least four weeks in advance of the date your group would like to visit Pfac.
On March 9, 2007, exactly 145 years after the historic clash between the Civil War ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, The Mariners' Museum opened the doors. This premier Civil War attractions holds the USS Monitor Center. This dramatic new 63,500-square-foot facility will enthrall families with exciting exhibits, bring students face-to-face with history, house state-of-the-art conservation labs and offer historians rich resources for research. Explore 125 boats from around the world in the International Small Craft Center. Examine intricately carved figureheads, scrimshaw and other rare examples of folk art. See artifacts pulled from the Titanic. And much more!
The Virginia Living Museum is Hampton Road's own natural history museum. Learn all about the different habitats of Virginia and the animals that live in them, from Chesapeake Bay to swamps and mountains. Kids will love the large aquariums and running around the beautiful gardens. The Touch Tank is an especially popular exhibit where kids can get hands on with different tidepool creatures. The museum also has a planetarium that can be visited for an additional price.
American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.
James Apostle Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, Virginia and found refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War in 1862 as "Contraband of War." Mr. Fields was one of the first twenty pupils to graduate from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. In 1881, Fields graduated from the School of Law at Howard University. In 1887, Fields served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News). In 1889, Fields served in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1908, a team of four doctors pioneered the establishment of the first hospital for blacks in the city. Other than the city's jail infirmary, this institution was the only hospitalization outlet for blacks.
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the post Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. The house was originally the home of Dr. William R. Granger, one of Newport News' black physicians. Listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and 1992 Recipient of a National Historic Preservation Award.
More than 200 years of Army transportation history is depicted through models, dioramas, and life-size displays at this museum which also contains an outdoor display area which features actual vehicles, aircrafts, trains, and marine craft.
The Riddick House is a monumental home site in the Suffolk vicinity of the U.S. State of Virginia. The ancient historic house dates back to 1837 and is a fine example of the Greek Revival style of architecture. It has also been registered on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
Housed in a Neoclassical building built in 1925 and formerly the public library for 63 years, this arts center is home of the Hampton Arts Commission and the Hampton Arts Foundation. The Center showcases the best of local and regional contemporary artists with changing exhibitions in all media, on display. Many different art classes for children and adults are also available.
Aircraft from the country's various service branches can be found at this museum style park where visitors will learn the history of Hampton's space and aviation history by touring the outdoor air and spacecraft displays.
Official visitor center for the NASA Langley Research Center, this world-class facility features more than 100 hands-on exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration, a premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, unique space flight artifacts, and an IMAX theater.