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Date:
November 1, 2021
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Hampton History Museum
Address:
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Contact:
757-727-1102
Cost:
Free
Old Point Comfort Lighthouse by Bryan Hatchett
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Virtual Talk - Tidewater Spirit: Cultural Landmarks, Monuments & History of Eastern Virginia

Monday, November 1, 2021

Tidewater lies east of the fall line of the Virginia rivers that flow into the Chesapeake—a definition that dates back to colonial times. Much of what we know of 17th- and 18th-century Tidewater comes from the writings of Captain John Smith, William Byrd II and Thomas Jefferson. Photographer and author Bryan Hatchett matches many of his stunning photographs in Tidewater Spirit with quotes from the celebrated writings of these three early Virginians. The Virginia of Smith, Byrd and Jefferson remains, in part, our Virginia. Geography and place names are largely the same. Their accounts of what they saw, where they traveled, what's in bloom and what's ready for harvest will sound very familiar. The Tidewater Spirit story continues into the 19th and early 20th centuries with a devastating war and its aftermath. Hatchett’s photographs are of historic Tidewater buildings as well as scenes of modern nautical commerce and farmland where ships have sailed and crops have grown for centuries

Tidewater lies east of the fall line of the Virginia rivers that flow into the Chesapeake—a definition that dates back to colonial times. Much of what we know of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Tidewater comes from the writings of Captain John Smith, William Byrd II and Thomas Jefferson. Photographer and author Bryan Hatchett matches many of his stunning photographs in Tidewater Spirit with quotes from the celebrated writings of these three early Virginians.  

The Virginia of Smith, Byrd and Jefferson remains, in part, our Virginia. Geography and place names are largely the same. Their accounts of what they saw, where they traveled, what's in bloom and what's ready for harvest will sound very familiar. The Tidewater Spirit story continues into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with a devastating war and its aftermath. Hatchett’s photographs are of historic Tidewater buildings as well as scenes of modern nautical commerce and farmland where ships have sailed and crops have grown for centuries. 

A great gift for the holidays, the book is available in the museum gift shop for $24.99. Members enjoy a 10% discount! Join today and save!

About the author and photographer:
Bryan Hatchett is a native of Hampton. He has photographed eastern Virginia for forty years. For nineteen years, he edited and published the annual “Chesapeake Bay Watermen Calendar”. His “day job” has been as a lawyer in New York, first with CBS and later at Food Network. Retired from active practice, he continues to divide his time between New York and Virginia. Hatchett is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and a law graduate of University of Richmond.

About his start at photographing the Chesapeake region, Hatchett says:
“Why the watermen? The only answer I have is that the link the watermen have to Chesapeake culture and history is just so easy to see. Their workboats have the same lines of as their fathers’ workboats, the same white paint and some built in the same boatyards. When I was lucky enough to go be invited aboard and share a waterman’s day, we would reach crab pots or oyster beds in the warm light and dark shadow of dawn. Soon, the familiar elements of a Chesapeake morning as if they were dance partners of long standing would once again fall into graceful alignment.” 

After the talk debuts on Facebook Live, it will later be found on our website, www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.

Image: Old Point Comfort Lighthouse © Bryan Hatchett

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