This area was first referred to a "Newportes Newes" as early as 1619, and the first known English settler lived here in 1621. Several Civil War engagements took place here including the Battle of the Ironclads and the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Newport News remained a small community until the late 19th century when it became the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Co. The Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. was founded here in 1886. Newport News was established as a town in 1880 and became a city in 1896. It served as the headquarters of the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation in World Wars I and II.
Geographic Location: Newport News
Physical Description of Location: Marker is in parking lot in front of Newport News Visitor Center on Consitution Way, Newport News, VA 23603. Contsitution Way is on right when traveling north on State Route 143 (Jefferson Avenue) about .3 miles past intersection with Fort Eustis Boulevard.
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