Great black-backed gulls work the surf at Virginia Beach.
In this episode of Walk in the Park TV (#30, Nov. 28, 2012), we return to southeast Virginia, site of the earliest English-speaking settlements in America. I show you Buckroe Beach in the City of Hampton on the Chesapeake Bay, the first beach I knew as a little kid. What was the unusual hazard discovered on this beach after its sand was replenished in the 1990s?
After a visit to Newport News, we go to Virginia Beach, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and False Cape State Park on the Atlantic Ocean, just two miles north of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And finally, we follow a boardwalk in Dismal Swamp State Park just over the border into North Carolina, on the edge of one of the largest remaining lowland wetlands in the East. See it all online here…
Or, if you live in the Ithaca, NY area and have a cable TV connection, you can see Walk in the Park during the next week on public access cable channel 13 according to the following schedule:
Thursday, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.
It also is shown at other times as the station manager chooses.
In this Thanksgiving week episode of Walk in the Park TV, we go to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay, to Hampton Roads, the Virginia Peninsula, and Virginia Beach. See the site of the Civil War battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimack, and where Blackbeard the pirate preyed upon colonial shipping. Find out about Christopher Newport and the founding of America’s earliest English settlements, and the destruction of the Kechoughtan Indians.
We stop by my childhood home in Hampton and take a look at where I attended until the third grade, George Wythe Elementary School, which leads us to Wythe’s 17th century home at Colonial Wiliamsburg; while Martha Washington visits during the Revolution and where the Marquis de Lafayette celebrates the victory at Yorktown.