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The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center

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Address: 2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
Phone Number: (757) 247-2360
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Blink and you'd miss it…but then

YOU would be missing a wealth of regional history. It was founded after a prominent AA attorney. It has been TOTALLY restored while keeping true to the "period" of the original... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

YOU would be missing a wealth of regional history. It was founded after a prominent AA attorney. It has been TOTALLY restored while keeping true to the "period" of the original structure, if that makes sense. The house is nestled deep in the SE section of the city. There is a small section of off street parking. The curator, will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is one of the little known hidden secrets in Newport News, VA. The Victorian style house was the home of Joseph Thomas Newsome, the son of former slaves and one of the first African Americans to practice law before the Supreme Court of VA after the Civil War. The permanent exhibit not only tells Newsome's story, but the history... More 

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Charlottesville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My tour guide was so friendly and did a great job highlighting the points of history and also giving me time to explore on my own. A unique site and story. An important piece of African-American history.

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East Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Newsome house is well-worth a visit for any history lover, regardless of race. There isn't a ton to see, and you can see and read it all in under an hour, but given the dearth of sites showcasing prominent African Americans of this era (as well as the nominal $2.00 admission fee) definitely worth the time. And the history is... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The house is welled maintained, and reminds one of days gone by. With all the detail fixtures and period pieces. It brings a lot of culture to an area that needs reminding of the great African American history

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Smithfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This home has great history and worth the stop if you want to go across the Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel. Lots to see and great tours.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Seldom told story of a lawyer and his family. Must see for of the beaten path history buffs.

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