Hampton Heritage Day

Join in commemorating the melding of the Native American, European and African cultures that have come together to shape our community.

This free event includes presentations and performances that take place onstage throughout the day, as well as other activities in and around Carousel Park, such as hands-on family activities, cultural displays and demonstrations, food, traditional arts & crafts, and more to honor those who came before us.

Music, Dance, Demonstrations and Storytelling

Highlights include a Native American Thanksgiving address in the Tuscarora (Skarure') Language from Greg “Two Hawks” Stephenson, along with a special message to the City of Hampton and the presentation of a Two Row Wampum Belt representing coexistence and prosperity that will be delivered by Wayne M. Brown, Principal Chief of the Meherrin Nation, along with Iroquois dances, beading, finger weaving, leather work, basketry, weaponry and medicine demonstrations from the Meherrin Nation (Kauwets'a:ka - People of the Water).

The Chickahominy Tribal Dancers will perform dances of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Virginia, as well as, other pow wow style dances. Sharon M. Day of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe will conduct a Native American water ceremony. The Pamunkey Indian Tribe will be represented by Kathryn MacCormick who will engage attendees in an interactive presentation about her people.

The Itinerant Band will perform tunes and songs from the English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other European traditions that would have been heard in 17th and 18th century America. The award-winning group Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys will offer authentic Appalachian music.

African music will be performed The Sankofa Projects' ensemble, The Drumming Spirit of Sankofa. Interactive folklore, world music and African dance will be offered by Atumpan Edutainment: Atumpan - The Talking Drums, along with musical instrument making and face painting. Dylan Pritchett will present tales from the African-American storytelling tradition.

A selection of spirituals and other music will be offered by soloist Brenda D.Tucker (Doswell), a descendant of William Tucker-the first documented African-American child born in America.

Family Activities

Family educational activities and arts & crafts projects will be offered by the Hampton History Museum, Atumpan Edutainment, Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum, Heritage Education, The Sankofa Projects and the Meherrin Nation, The Loose Cannon Compay, as well as other hands-on experiences.

Special Exhibit

An exhibition of historic photographs “To Lead and to Serve: American Indian Education at Hampton Institute 1878-1923” will be on display from the Hampton University Museum.

Contraband Cabin

The Contraband Historical Society will display a recreated Contraband cabin typical of what formerly enslaved people would have built after escaping to freedom at Fort Monroe during the Civil War.

Book Signing

Gray Michael will speak about, sell and sign copies of his book, Hope on Hatterask, a nonfiction book based on the true story of his family; relating to a Scotch-Irish boy, young West African warrior, and Eastern Coastal Native American woman who become a family.

Train Shuttle

A whimsical trackless train, the Little Blue Choo will shuttle visitors between Hampton Heritage Day in Carousel Park and the International Children’s Festival taking place a few blocks away in Mill Point Park.

Food Vendors at Hampton Heritage Day in Carousel Park

  • Blazin’ Goats BBQ
  • The Return of the Mac
  • Generations Cakes


  • Atumpan Edutainment- The Talking Drums
  • Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys
  • Casemate Museum/Fort Monroe National Monument
  • Chickahominy Tribal Dancers
  • Chief Wayne Brown, Meherrin Nation
  • Contraband Historical Society
  • Dylan Pritchett, The Storyteller
  • Hampton History Museum
  • Heritage Education
  • Itinerant Band
  • Katie Macormick- Pamunkey Indian Tribe
  • Little England Chapel
  • Loose Cannon Company
  • Meherrin Nation
  • Missoula School of Hot Glass
  • Naokeidoe Creations
  • Old Hampton Community Association
  • Project 1619
  • Sankofa Projects
  • Sharon Day - Ojibwe water ceremony
  • The Weyanoke Association for Red-Black History & Culture
  • William Tucker 1624 Society
For more information, call the Hampton History Museum at 757-727-1610.