Newsome House

Visit the Queen Anne style home of Joseph Thomas Newsome, the first African-American attorney in post-Civil War Newport News. Newsome, his wife, and his daughter inhabited the house in the 1900s. On a tour of the Newsome House, groups can view changing art exhibits and a permanent exhibit about Newsome’s life. Educational programs allow groups to interact with a costumed interpreter to learn about the Jim Crow era, civil rights, and more. Groups can also choose to see a presentation on Newsome’s contributions to society, his achievements, and his significance in the history of the community. Scout programs include scavenger hunts, first person guided tours, and a guided tour focused on the history of the East End of Newport News.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607. City of Newport News. Tel: 757-247-2360. Email: newsomehouse@nngov.com. Website: www.newsomehouse.org. Hrs: Thurs.-Sat. 10AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-1.5 hours. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Art, Social Studies. 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Art, Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue