Seventeenth, 18th and 19th Century foundations and artifacts continue to be discovered by homeowners and builders here.
By the time of his death in November 1903, James Fields had become one of the wealthiest and most influential members of Newport News’ African-American community.Hotel Warwick – Erected by the Old Dominion Land Company and opened April 11, 1883, the Hotel Warwick, fronting on West Avenue and 24th Street, served as the hub of City activities.It housed the county seat of government as well as the City’s first bank and newspaper. Register Listings Balthrope (Boldrup) – Located on the Warwick River above Denbigh. It was rebuilt several times and continued to grind by water power into the Twentieth Century.It was the home of the Cole family from 1671 until 1766. The restored mill, no longer working, is now in Mariners’ Museum Park.First Church of Newport News “Baptist”- Although this African-American church is the oldest continuous congregation in the original City of Newport News, churches have served the Peninsula since colonial days. The present church building is at Wickham Avenue and 24th Street.First Denbigh Parish Church – The archaeological site is located on the bluff overlooking the Warwick River at the mouth of Church Creek. Fort Crafford – A pentagonal-shaped earthwork on Mulberry Island built by Confederate forces in 1861-62.The site of the original manor house has been preserved, along with a dairy house, spring house and 19th Century cemetery.Development of the Denbigh Plantation residential area began on this land in the 1960’s.Additionally, Greenlawn Memorial Park is significant for its 19th century style of landscape design which emerged in the 1850s. Pembroke Jones’ Warwick County farm “Hilton.” Five hundred English village style houses, which were designed to accommodate shipyard workers during World War I, were dedicated on July 7, 1918.Hilton Village – The nation’s first federal war-housing project, this planned community was sponsored by the U. Its street names honored government and shipyard officials.