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September 17, 2014
"You gotta eat, make it Crave-able!"
Eat The Streets 757 at Battlefield Historic Park kicked off April 16th at 4 PM and continues every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 4 PM - Dusk, through October.

Bring the family out to Battlefield Park for dinner and fun.

1775 Historic Way
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Free admittance and parking

Food Truck Hump Days on the Great Bridge Waterways

Exquisite cuisine offered by a variety of mobile urban eateries that provide fresh quality food, prepared by talented chefs in Hampton Roads.



October 11 & 12, 2014
5th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival
Great Bridge Lock Park & Battlefield Historic Park
Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5
Free admittance, parking, and shuttle service from 3 locations.

Participant Rules/Regulations and Application

The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation's 5th Annual Waterway Heritage Festival is a free, family-oriented event featuring two days of cultural heritage, fine arts, music, and more.

Enjoy boat tours through the Great Bridge Locks, docent tours of Battlefield Historic Park, demonstrations on a Chesapeake Fire Department Fire Engine and Fire Boat, beekeeping, sheep shearing, quilting, spinning, soap making, candle-rolling, doll making, pottery, glassblowing, wood-carving, jewelry, jams, basketry, shaker boxes, storytelling, kettle corn, historic Batteaus, BBQ box lunches, photography, fine art, sewing, lamb cuisine, knitting, fiber arts, and live music.

New this year: The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile: An interactive “museum on wheels” housed in a 53’ expandable tractor-trailer!

Other participants expected back this year include the Army Corp of Engineers, Virginia Canal Society, Master Gardeners, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chesapeake Parks & Recreation, Chesapeake Medical Reserve Corps, Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management, Chesapeake Public Library, Mariners Museum, Chesapeake School System, Chesapeake Emergency Response Team, Chesapeake Sheriff's Office, Chesapeake Fire Department, Chesapeake Police Department, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Chesapeake Farmers Market, The Dismal Swamp Company, WCTV 48, Atlantic Yacht Basin, Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and more. This event is made possible and paid in part by the American Lamb Board; the Virginia Sheep Industry Board; Virginia Sheep Producers Association; TowneBank; Jo-Kell, Inc.; Stanton Partners; and others.
Take your family on an educational scavenger hunt and show your completed form to be entered into a raffle to win a pizza lunch for your child's entire classroom sponsored by Spaghetti Eddie's!

Free shuttle service compliments of
the Chesapeake Fire Department
and Chesapeake Emergency Response Team.
Click here to view the 2014 Parking & Shuttle Map

For more information, please contact the
Foundation at 757-482-4480.



December 5, 2014
A Special Evening (subject matter TBA)
Last year's "An Evening with Colonial Williamsburg's Patrick Henry" was such a success we plan to continue the tradition.
Chesapeake, Virginia


December 6, 2014
DAR/SAR Battle of Great Bridge Celebration 2014
Battlefield Historic Park
Chesapeake, Virginia


December 6 & 7, 2014
20th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment
120 Reservation Road
Chesapeake, Virginia



Past Events



The 7th Annual Valentine's Wine Tasting was an elegant and truly enjoyable evening. Special thanks to our host Domes Audio Video Enviroments, Rev & Evie Guill of Traditions Revolutionary Catering & Events, and Ian Honaker of Let's Talk Wine.





The 19th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment featured re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children's crafts and activities.



60th Annual Great Bridge NSDAR Wreath Laying &
3rd Annual National Society Sons of the American Revolution Celebration




Attendees were treated to an extraordinary evening with with "Colonial Williamsburg’s Patrick Henry” at "TRADITIONS” Revolutionary Catering & Events December 6, 2013.



Even the rain did not put a damper on the 4th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival!  As one of the City of Chesapeake’s 50th Anniversary Signature Events, families gathered to learn about Chesapeake’s rich waterways heritage and the many skills, arts and crafts needed to survive and flourish during the 18th century. Families came out to enjoy the many vendors and artisans fromall different parts of the Commonwealth showcasing their traditional skill sets. This year the Foundation was honored to host two historic Batteaus on static displaywhile the Batteau and Canal Society members taught children the history of water transportation. Captain Jim Canterbury provided free boat rides through the locks, and docents provided guided tours of Battlefield Historic Park. The Chesapeake Fire Department, along with CERT, again provided our free shuttle service.  New this year was our Pink Fire Truck and Fire Boat for display and demonstrations. Children learned how to make cornhusk dolls from local girl scouts, and elementary and middle school students participated in a Scavenger Hunt Quiz to enter a raffle to win a pizza party for their classroom courtesy of Spaghetti Eddie’s. Those in attendance were entertained by Dulcimer expert Bert Berry; Charles Murla on the fiddle; Oscar Smith High School’s Strolling Strings, directed by their teacher musician Deanna Kringel; and the amazing Bob Zentz. Mark your calendar to join us at next year’s festival October 11 & 12, 2014!!



The 10th Annual Patriot’s Challenge Golf Tournament turned out to be another great event full of fun thanks to our great sponsors and volunteers. …They lined up, the musket fired, and they were off…



The 18th Annual Battle of Great Bridge Reenactment was once again an amazing recreation of our history. The Reenactment itself was an enthralling portrayal of the thirty minute battle that played a critical role in the Revolutionary War and the subsequent creation of our great nation.
Also this weekend the SAR and DAR co-hosted the Battle of Great Bridge Celebration 2012 at Battlefield Historic Park.


There was much to celebrate in Chesapeake at the 3rd Annual Waterways Heritage Festival October 13th & 14th, 2012. Families joined together to participate and learn about the breathtaking intracoastal waterways and rich heritage. They enjoyed two days of cultural heritage fine arts, and music, and they were able to visit the many guilds and learn firsthand how things are made.






2011 Marked the 17th anniversary of the Reenactment of the Battles of Kemps Landing & Great Bridge. This annual event is held the first weekend in December.




The 2011 Waterways Heritage Festival was a great success! A celebration of the heritage arts, fine arts, and music, the festival brought together vendors and exhibitors from around the Commonwealth with trades varying from knitting to painting, and woodcarving to soapmaking.




On December 4, 2009 the City of Chesapeake, in partnership with Open Roads Consulting and the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation, honored an American hero, William "Billy" Flora with a street as a Dedication to Billy Flora. Billy Flora, a freed slave that fought on the side of the Patriots, is widely considered a hero of the Battle of Great Bridge.





Special thanks to the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office & Sheriff John Newhart
for their lead sponsorship of our
2009 Great Bridge Waterways Festival on October 24, 2009!
We are so grateful for their continued support of our cause!




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Eat The Streets 757
Wednesday, September 17th
4 PM-Dusk at Battlefield Park

5th Annual Waterways
Heritage Festival

October 11th & 12th
Lock Park & Battlefield Park
Participant Rules & Application

Construction Progress

The construction of the Battlefield Historic Park & Visitor Center will assure that generations to come will be able to learn about the rich history of both the Battle of Great Bridge and the waterways of our region.

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