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Chesapeake has so much to offer visitors! Here is a sampling of attractions you won't want to miss while you're here.
→ Bonny Blue : This Blue Peter Lines' double-decked luxury yacht is a seventy-two foot classic 1920's style passenger yacht. Guests enjoy private, intimate double cabins with large windows. Each stateroom is equipped with its own private head and shower. (866) 429-8747.
→ Chesapeake Planetarium: Explore the wonders of the universe. Free public programs including telescope observations are offered each week. At the Chesapeake Municipal Center, 310 Shea Drive. Reservations: (757) 547-0153. 24-hour information: (757) 547-STAR.
→ Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial: The Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Chesapeake citizens and loved ones who are serving, or who have served, in all branches of the military. The memorial is located on the municipal grounds and is made up of a marble structure and more than 1,000 individual memorial pavers. 306 Cedar Rd. (757) 382-6151.
→ Cuffeytown-Longridge: Site of the oldest continuous community of Free-Born Africans in Virginia. Cuffeytown-Longridge history has been traced back to the 19th century. The community encompasses an area that contains many historic sites including Gabriel Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church located at 2216 Long Ridge Road. It is the oldest A.M.E.Z. church in Chesapeake, founded in 1866. Cuffeytown Road was named to commemorate the service of the Cuffeytown 13, a group of African Virginia Union Army Civil War Veterans who served in the 19th, 5th, and 36th U.S. Colored Infantries. These veterans are buried in the Cuffeytown Historic Cemetery. The Bells Mill Historical Research and Restoration Society sponsors tours of Cuffeytown and 20 other historical sites. (757) 547-5542.
→ J. J. Moore Visitor, Archives & Family Life Center: This is the only visitor center in the Commonwealth of Virginia with an Afro-Union and Afro-Virginian repository theme. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. The archives room has a historical collection that serves as a repository of documents, pictures, and records of over 140 years of Cuffeytown, Gabriel Chapel Church, and Afro-Union, Afro-Virginian, and Afro-Norfolk County Military, Political, and Educational histories. The archives are open by appointment only. 2216 Long Ridge Road. (757) 421-3839.
→ Portlock Galleries at SoNo: This new collection of artist working studios, shop, stores, and galleries provides unique opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Portlock Galleries hosts local and traveling art exhibits, art education for area schools, summer art camps, and more. You will also find assistance at the visitor information center located here. For information please call (888) 889-5551. 3815 Bainbridge Blvd.
→ Virginia Civil War Trails: Tour stops in Chesapeake for the Virginia Civil War Trails include the Dismal Swamp Canal, Village of Deep Creek, Village of Great Bridge, Glencoe, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, and Gabriel Chapel & Cuffeytown Cemetery. (888) 889-5551