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“Take a few minutes and smeel the flowers” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Take a few minutes and smeel the flowers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We walked all along the Butterfly Trail. There is plenty of plant life to see, most everything in bloom, and butterflies everywhere. The day we went it was HOT, we did not complete all of the trails because of the heat and humidity. The staff at the Information Center was very nice, she could tell my wife was suffering from the heat so she offered her a nice refillable water bottle that she could fill with cold water before we walked back to the car, 1/2 mile away. I plan to go back in the Fall to explore the rest of the refuge.

Visited July 2013
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Florence, Kentucky
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77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wildlife AND History!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the museum, the many forms of wildlife we viewed (including eagles soaring above the old bunker), and the learning opportunities we engaged in which included World War 2 history, as well as lessons in regional flora and fauna...There is a nice trail, with a wonderful 'lookout point'...The kids had a great time.

Visited November 2012
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Winchester, Virginia
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8 reviews
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“A hidden paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Just ten miles south of the Chesapeake Bay town of Cape Charles, Virginia lies the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge reclaimed the land from the Cape Charles Air Force Base and previously WW ll Fort John Custis. The refuge is a birders paradise, but was also the home of huge WW ll gun bunkers. During the war these bunkers housed 16" cannons that protected the Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk Naval Facilities. These cannons were able to fire a 2000 pound projectile 25 miles. The refuge is now home to a real 16"/50 caliber, 68 foot long, 120 cannon barrel. The WW ll relic was on the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender September 2, 1945. The Missouri Cannon is a welcome sight for WW ll history buffs and a prize display for the wildlife refuge. The refuge is a great place to visit. It has a huge interactive visitor center with volunteers that make you feel welcome.

Visited May 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Virginia National Wildlife Refuge - Eastern Shore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge -Tunnel is the VA National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore (formerly known as Fort Custis). Although I didn't have alot of time here - I did take a stroll through the nicely groomed pathways of the naturewalk. Also, a newly installed 120 ton 68ft gun barrell at the site of Battery Winslow for John Custis is now in place from the WWII Battleship USS Missouri which is where the Japanese surrender was signed on Sept 1945. I happened upon the ceremony here on Memorial Day (05/25/2013) to my surprise! It was great to see men and women of all ages celebrating this occasion and the massive gun barrel. Also, looking over the swamps in the distance is the Cape Charles Lighthouse...that I had hoped to visit...tho I don't believe it's doable now except via boat or ATV.

Visited May 2013
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Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
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“Hallett Cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Visited today. Walked to the cemetery area to pay respects to those who owned this land and had gone before us. Our relatives Sarah Hallett, Thomas Hallett and others who had founded and nurtured this land. Am so pleased this area is there for so many to enjoy.
Mary Hallett Tomes

Visited March 2013
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