Hampton History Museum

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Dockside Seafood Feast - Saturday, May 20, 6-9 pm


Overview of Event

The Dockside Seafood Feast is a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the unique setting of Graham and Rollins’ working waterfront dock at 19 Rudd Lane in Downtown Hampton.  Historic in both its setting and goal, the event will be held on May 20, 2017, from 6-9 pm to raise funds for the Hampton History Museum. The unparalleled menu includes nine all-you-can-eat seafood entrees including such dishes as fried flounder, sautéed scallops, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, she crab soup, blue crab claws, fried oysters, oysters on the half shell and soft-shelled crabs. The event also includes complimentary beer and wine and a very special silent auction.  An incredibly successful affair that has sold out in previous years, we project having in excess of 300 people attend the Feast in May. 

The Reason We Hold This Event

At the Hampton History Museum, our mission is to build a better future by exploring and preserving our past. Hampton’s unique setting at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the James River has positioned it at the forefront of fundamental milestones in our nation’s history. Hampton has been a part of major American events spanning over 400 years including: the establishment of America’s first “free school” to educate local children in 1634, significant events in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War; the first aeronautical laboratory; major scientific and engineering breakthroughs, the training for the original Mercury 7 astronauts; lunar landing missions; home to the Forts Monroe and Wool; and the beginning (1619) and ending of African-American slavery (1861 Contraband decision).

Our vision of the Museum is to be a catalyst for change and a powerful tool in building community.   We believe “history is who we are and why we are the way we are…” We are moving the Hampton History Museum from a mid-sized local organization to a nationally-known cultural institution.  It is the caliber and reach of the programs we present that will inspire attention on a nation-wide level.  The funds from this event will help us achieve this standard of excellence.

Through the City’s support, we cover basic operational costs.  To achieve our vision, we need additional funding for programs as we share Hampton’s history with the world.  The funds raised will underwrite exhibitions, city-wide events such as reenactments, lecture and lunch programs, music series, family activities, school field trips, collection projects, and new technology – allowing us to reach a larger and more diverse audience.


Tickets are $75, available at the museum gift shop or by calling 757-727-6824.

Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Downtown Hampton.

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