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Visit the New Commodore James Barron Mural

Visit the New Commodore James Barron Mural

A new mural depicting Commodore James Barron was recently commissioned by The Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art. The mural presents Commodore Barron in the foreground with the ships HMS Leopard and American frigate USS Chesapeake behind was created by Chesapeake, Virginia artist Sam Welty, who has also created a number of other exceptional murals throughout the historic Olde Towne district.  You can view the now completed mural at 612 Court Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA.  Commodore James Barron. Namesake of the Commodore Theatre on High Street, James Barron is best known for an infamous incident at sea in 1807, when his ship, the frigate Chesapeake, surrendered to the British warship Leopard after firing only one shot. Four former British sailors serving aboard the Chesapeake were tried for desertion and impressed into the British Navy. The nation and President Thomas Jefferson were outraged at the British action. Historians consider the “Chesapeake-Leopard Affair” a catalyst of the War of 1812. Barron was later court-martialed for his actions and barred from further command. In 1820, Barron killed Commodore Stephen Decatur, who testified against him at his court-martial, in a duel in which he also was injured. Barron went on to a successful second career as commander of the Gosport Yard, now the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He is credited for suggesting warships be clad with iron sheeting. He died on April 21, 1851, at age 82. He is buried in the graveyard of Trinity Episcopal Church located on the corner of High and Court Streets, also referred to as Church Square! History re-printed from an article written by Lia Russel, Virginian Pilot, October 10, 2011. Photograph...
Grown locally? HomeGrown has it

Grown locally? HomeGrown has it

Restaurant Review | Grown locally? HomeGrown has it | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com By Sonja Barisic Virginian-Pilot correspondent © April 26, 2015 PORTSMOUTH | As our foursome walked toward the restaurant, a man emerged with a pizza box in his hands and proclaimed, “There’s a lot of good stuff in there.” By the time we were finished with our meal at HomeGrown, we thought so, too. Warm greetings, from the chef on down, and mostly friendly service made us feel right at home at the restaurant, which opened late last year in Olde Towne. It’s run by a young couple, Nic Hagen and Hope Dennis. Hagen, a Johnson & Wales University culinary graduate, has created a reasonably priced menu that centers on fresh vegetables from local farms and changes seasonally. There’s also a small, but well-curated beer, wine and cocktail list.  The HomeGrown House Made Treats ($10) appetizer platter was a whimsical way to start our evening. A selection of cured meats, such as prosciutto and salami, plus cheese and house-made pickled vegetables appeared on a large, livestock-shaped cutting board. The very vinegary vegetables included cucumber, naturally, but also carrots, squashes and purple turnips. Pot stickers (four for $8) also made good use of local vegetables as a filling for the wonton wrappers and were served with a sweet Asian barbecue sauce as well as a spicy pepper sauce that had me choking back tears for several minutes. Continuing the local-vegetables theme, the handmade pasta of the day ($14) was ravioli stuffed with collard greens, which imparted a mild, but not off-putting, bitterness. Brussels sprouts on the side made this dish...
Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmer’s Market Opens For the Season

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmer’s Market Opens For the Season

The weekly Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 2nd and runs every Saturday morning through the middle of December. The farmers market is located at the intersection of Court Street and High Street, wrapping around the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard! Market hours from May 2 – Oct. 31 are 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Nov. 7 – Dec. 19 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Opened and closed by Portsmouth’s founder, “Colonel Crawford”. Check our Facebook page for special markets....
The Olde Towne Antiques To Flea Market – A Monthly  Treasure Trove To Be Discovered

The Olde Towne Antiques To Flea Market – A Monthly Treasure Trove To Be Discovered

Great Finds of All Kinds! The popular Antiques to Flea Market is held the first Saturday of each month in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. Hunt through an eclectic collection of vintage and antique wares with each market offering a completely new selection to browse through. With over 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, bargain hunters and serious collectors alike will compete for the best offerings of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera. There’s even artisans that offering hand-made crafts, toys and jewelry. Expect to find decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one-of-a-kind items priced to sell. Held monthly inside the Middle Street garage located at the corner of Middle and London streets. Come early for best selection! The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is open from 10 am til 2 pm. Free parking.  Good hunting!...
Everything’s shipshape in Portsmouth, Va.

Everything’s shipshape in Portsmouth, Va.

Featured in the Washington Post, August 29, 2013 “There’s a story in every brick you trip over.” Barbara Early was talking about Olde Towne, the historic heart of Portsmouth, Va., a city of 97,000 on the banks of the Elizabeth River. Early’s enthusiasm for this small city is infectious. “In one square mile there’s so much to see,” said Early, an Olde Towne resident and history/docent coordinator at the Hill House Museum there. “There’s not any one reason to visit. There’s a lot of reasons. We’re a hidden gem.” Read more...
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