English colonists first settled on the site of a Kecoughtan Indian village they called Point Comfort in 1610. This small collection of homesteads evolved into present-day Hampton, the first continuously occupied English-speaking settlement in America. Hampton incorporated as a town in 1705 and the city of Hampton was incorporated in 1849, fifteen years after the opening of Fort Monroe at Point Comfort. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was read under an oak tree in Hampton, known from that day on as the Emancipation Oak. The historic tree is 98 feet in diameter and stands on the campus of Hampton University. The University was founded in 1868, shortly after the end of the Civil War as a school to teach former slaves the skills needed to survive and support themselves as freemen. In 1915, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was established to research aircraft performance, safety, and efficiency. NACA built Langley Field in 1917, and in 1948, the field was renamed Langley Air Force Base. In 1958, NACA was renamed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Langley Air Force Base became the training center for the nation's first astronauts. Fort Monroe was designated a national landmark in 1960, was decommissioned in 2011 and is now managed by the US Park Service as a national monument. Learn more about Hampton's history with these links.
Hampton experiences mild winters with little annual snowfall and hot, humid summers. Precipitation averages 45 inches per year, with the highest rainfall in late summer and the lowest precipitation in winter. July is the hottest month, with average high temperatures approaching 90 °F.
Hampton offers many transportation options for those who prefer riding to driving. Local bus service is provided by Hampton Roads Transit, the metropolitan bus system that services communities throughout the Hampton Roads region. vRide offers ride sharing programs to commuters, private individuals and employers. Both Greyhound bus service and Amtrak rail service have terminals located nearby. The Norfolk international Airport provides convenient access to hundreds of cities worldwide on five airlines, including American, Delta, Southwest, United, and US Airways. Find out more about Hampton public transportation options with these links.
Hampton features an affordable cost of living at 1.4% below the Virginia average and 4.1% below the national average, making it easy to attract employees seeking work at businesses located in the region. Compare your budget to living in Hampton with these links.
America's first free public school, the Syms-Eaton Academy, was established in Hampton in 1634. It was later renamed Hampton Academy and is now part of the Hampton City Schools public school district. The district features 25 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, and a teacher population of more than 1,500. Learn more about Hampton City Schools at this link.
Sentara CarePlex Hospital is an acute care hospital and certified primary stroke center. Additionally, this facility provides general medical and surgical services. If you’re relocating to Hampton, it’s a good idea to know all of the medical resources available to you:
Hampton offers many different types of homes in a variety of communities. The median home value is $191,500, 16.9% less than the Virginia average. The most desirable neighborhoods include Pine Chapel Village, Todd's Lane, Langley View and Merrimac Shores. Durand Road, Pine Grove Terrace, and Fenwick Road are among some of the more affordable neighborhoods. Explore the Hampton area real estate market with these links.
You can choose from more than 25 hotels and other accommodations when planning your stay in Hampton, Virginia. The top-rated Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina is a great waterfront stay close to shopping, museums and restaurants and the Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Retreat is a great beachfront stay on the Chesapeake Bay, away from the downtown traffic. If you prefer bed and breakfast style accommodations, the Magnolia House Inn and Lady Neptune Inn are a couple of great choices. Find a variety of accommodations in Hampton using the following links.
When you are ready for a meal, Hampton, Virginia features close to 250 restaurants to choose from. With a waterfront location, seafood is always on the menu at Surf Rider Restaurant. Or if you prefer ribs and brisket, the County Grill & Smokehouse serves up St. Louis style barbecue. For casual relaxation, the Park Lane Tavern feels like an old world pub, with booths and tables, a central bar, and a great beer selection. Venture is a modern establishment, serving an eclectic array of tapas and pizza baked in a brick lined oven. For more exotic flavors, Monsoon blends the traditions of India and modern cooking techniques to serve classic dishes spiced to match your preference. Discover great dining options in Hampton with these links.
Downtown Hampton is the home of great area attractions including the Virginia Air and Space Center where you can experience more than 30 historic aircrafts, including the Apollo 12 Command Module that went to the moon. Hampton's 1920’s Carousel is one of less than 200 antique carousels still operating in the United States. History buffs can tour the Hampton History Museum and Hampton University Museum or visit historic St. John’s Church, the oldest English-speaking parish in America. Experience an exciting five-hour fishing trip to the Lower Chesapeake Bay or set sail on a double-decked tour boat and cruise past Blackbeard’s Point, Old Point Comfort, Fort Wool, and the Norfolk Naval Base. Plan your visit to Hampton using the following links.