City of Hampton to celebrate Landing Day on April 29
The City of Hampton is celebrating historic Landing Day on April 29.
The celebration commemorates the 405th anniversary of the Virginia Company being greeted by a group of Kecoughtan Indians at Point Comfort and taken to their nearby village.
This year’s presentation will take a look at how this contact changed the course of history, as well as the culture of the Kecoughtan people. Opening remarks will be made by Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward followed by keynote speaker, historian and Hampton History Museum Curator Michael Cobb, who will present "Landing Day: When Worlds Collide," a program about how the landing affected the lives of the English settlers and the area natives.
The event will also feature historical re-enactors, a double wreath-laying ceremony honoring the settlers and Native Americans who played a significant role in the nation’s history, and strawberries to honor of the landing at what was once called Strawberry Banks.
The open remarks will begin at 2 p.m. April 29 at the waterfront lawn of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton.
For more information on the Landing Day, contact the Hampton History Museum at 757-727-1610.