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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: +1 757-247-2360
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I was moved and inspired by my visit to the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center. We were courteously greeted and welcomed in for a tour. Not only did we learn some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Charmell S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I was moved and inspired by my visit to the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center. We were courteously greeted and welcomed in for a tour. Not only did we learn some interesting history about J Thomas Newsome who was an impressive individual who came from very humble beginnings, (his parents were former slaves) but there was also an exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Very interesting history of this museum. Parking in the back. Make sure that you go 10 blocks away to the waterfront. Beautiful view and nice houses.

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

I enjoyed stopping by the Newsome House, though i didn't get to go inside, the information about Mr. Newsome and how he has achieved so much is enough to want to learn more about him.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

I beautiful house. Steeped in history. Wonderful for a venue for a bridal shower, small wedding, or baby shower. The décor is full of antiques. The staff is very pleasant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

I took my kids here for a African American history mini lesson. There is no charge, but a $2 per person donation is suggested. The tour is worth it...the house isn't that big, but our tour guide was very knowledgeable not just about Mr. Newsome and his family, but about the rich history in the Newport News area of Virginia.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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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