Three Days’ Worth of Events for the Battle of Hampton Roads

History buffs are in heaven in Hampton Roads, and this weekend will be a particularly wonderful weekend for those of us who love history and who just love having fun.

On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia entered the waters of Hampton Roads and destroyed the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress in a historic battle that changed the way Navies around the world used and built ships. The following day, the Union ironclad Monitor met the Virginia in a battle, which, though fought to a draw, changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide. 154 years later, on March 5 & 6, 2016, The Mariners’ Museum in Newport news will commemorate the two-day Battle of Hampton Roads with a weekend of family fun. On Saturday and Sunday this weekend, museum visitors can see live demonstrations, listen to special and engaging lectures, and meet historical figures.

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend:

Mariners' Museum; Battle of Hampton Roads, 2015; Iron Pour (614)
Photo Courtesy: Mariners’ Museum

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Sip and Sculpt
Have a truly unique date night and enjoy a drink while making an iron-cast mold! There will be some really unique demonstrations as well.
Cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members
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2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Civil War Beard Competition
Did you know that sideburns are named after the Civil War general Ambrose Burnside? In the Museum’s second annual Civil War Beard Competition, participants will literally face-off beard to beard in this facial hair competition that celebrates the iconic styles of Civil War-era facial hair. Kids can join in on the action too, with two crafty categories designed just for children.
Entry is free with Museum admission, so get to stylin’!
Click here for more details on categories and ways to get in on the fun

6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

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History Bites
It’s a food competition for the ages. Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastings from all contestants who will prepare their best interpretations of a selection of traditional 19th century dishes representing the North, the South and the Navy. In keeping with this year’s recreation theme, the dishes will be related to a picnic meal. Then you can vote for the winners!
Tickets are $35 for non-Members, $30 for Members. Tickets will be $45 day-of.
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1:30 p.m.

Worthington Steam Pump Unveiling
The weekend will close with the unveiling of a fully functioning replica of USS Monitor’s Worthington steam pump on Sunday. Witness the pump come to life and hear what the ironclad’s engine room sounded like 154 years ago!
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This just scratches the surface of the amazing events happening this weekend.

Carve out some time this weekend to learn about a very important part of Civil War history and have some fun with your friends of all ages.

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