PVA250 Logo and American Flag

PVA 250 Committee

This committee was formed to commemorate Portsmouth’s role in the 250th anniversary of American independence. The Portsmouth VA250 Committee aims to achieve this by planning, educating, and coordinating the commemoration and lead up events with our citizens, regional, state, and federal partners through the celebration of America’s 250th birthday in Portsmouth, VA

Audrey Lassiter: Secretary
Olde Towne Business Association
otba1400@gmail.com

Karen Washburn: Chair
History Alive
karenwashburn@historyalive.info

Keith Toler: Co-Chair
Assist. Dir, Ports. Museums & Tourism
Tolerk@portsmouthva.gov

James McCann: VA250 Liaison
Tourism Mgr.- Ports. Museum & Tourism
mccannj@portsmouthva.gov

Billie Cook
African American Historical Society
billiecook130@gmail.com

Chessy Bray
Norfolk Naval Shipyard –
Public Affairs officer
chessie.d.bray.civ@us.navy.mil

Dan Schmit
The Hill House Museum
info@thehillhousemuseum.org

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander
History Professor, Norfolk State University
clnewby-alexander@nsu.edu

Dr. Michael Hogan
History Cur. Ports. Museums & Tourism
Hoganm@portsmouthva.gov

Jared Bobzien
Site Director, NSA Hampton Roads
Portsmouth Annex
jared.r.bobzien.civ@us.navy.mil

Jacqueline Johnson
Assist. Dir, Ports. Parks & Recreation
jacqueline.johnson@portsmouthva.gov

Councilman. Mark Hugel
City of Portsmouth
hugelm@portsmouthva.gov

Pam Mckittrick
Daughters of the American Revolution
ljmck1@cox.net

Thomas Sasso
Virginia Youth Regiment/ Portsmouth Fire Dept.
sassot@portsmouthva.gov

Wendy Mathias
Daughters of the American Revolution
wendymath@cox.net

Rycy Godette
City of Portsmouth Public Schools
rucu.godette@portsk12.com

black and white photo of the first Aircraft carrier conversion
Contributions to America
High Street Ferry Docks 1950 Portsmouth Virgniia
Historic Olde Towne
Home site of William Crawford
Portsmouth Timeline

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Portsmouth- Virginia’s Historic Seaport®, is a pedestrian history lover’s dream! A Coastal Virginia treasure, filled with museums, walking tours, public art, assortment of quirky shops and eclectic, locally-owned restaurants are all located within a few square blocks. Portsmouth’s Olde Towne District boasts one of the largest collections of standing period architecture on the Eastern Seaboard. Its naturally deep harbor gives rise to a maritime community steeped in over 300 years of American history.

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Line 59 Last Norfolk Co. Ferry run 1955 PNSM Photo
History on the Water
4 Sanctuary Emanuel
Black History
5 Historic Benthall Brooks Row
Historic Buildings
6 Synagogue
Historic Churches
William Billy Flora Monument
Portsmouth Heroes
Doors, Porches & Gardens
Path of History

Informative placards around town to guide you through more than 250 years of American history.

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History Alive

Characters from Portsmouth’s history brought to life & available for tours and appearances.

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LaFayette Returns: 2024

Enjoy tours, appearances, events, and lectures on one of Portsmouth’s dedicated War Heroes