The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are coming to Richmond, September 19-27. The courses will pass in front of the Library and will affect Library access. The Library’s lobby, exhibition, and the Virginia Shop will be open; the reading rooms and parking deck will be closed from September 21 through 25 and the entire Library will be closed on September 26. Please check our online calendar
for more details.
English immigrants to the New World settled in Virginia's Tidewater region
beginning in 1607. This land of low lying swamps, wide rivers, deep water
harbors and the Chesapeake Bay dominated Virginia's political and cultural
life during the colonial period.
Prominent Virginians General George
Washington, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Gloucester's native son,
Doctor Walter Reed are Tidewater born.
The Revolutionary War ended in 1781 on the shores of the York River, and the
first ironclad ships battled in Hampton Roads during the War Between the
Today Tidewater is home to numerous military bases, including the world's
largest naval base, Norfolk Naval Base. Hampton Road's natural deep water
harbors encouraged the development of world class shipyards, Newport News
Shipbuilding and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and international maritime trade
abounds. Thousands visit Tidewater's beautiful beaches and historic museums
each year to experience Virginia's unique beauty and important historical
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