Hampton History Museum - 120 Old Hampton Ln
This dynamic photo and artifact-rich experience explores Hampton's integral ties to, and love of, the water that surrounds the city, its seafood and maritime heritage, and passion for sailing as embodied in the locally developed Hampton One sailboat, and the competitive sailing culture that grew out of it.
Launched into the boating scene in the 1930s, this ubiquitous craft is central to this story. The exhibit features a restored Hampton One sailboat, as well as a half-completed boat, many tools, forms and photographs from the boat's inventor Vincent Serio.
Hampton is a city of the water. Whether harvesting the seafood bounty, moving goods across nature’s original highways, or finding a ready field for competitive recreation, Hamptonians have always turned to its most abundant natural resource…water. Native Virginians built their City, Kecoughtan, so as to have ready access to the fertile waterways.
To celebrate that heritage, the core of the exhibit will be built around a recently donated Hampton One Design sailboat and the extensive collection of original tools, forms, jigs, documents, photos, trophies, uniforms, and other artifacts from the Vincent Serio collection-currently held by Vincent’s grandson, Vincent Serio III.