Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia
"Portsmouth's one-man Williamsburg"
- Janie Bryant, The Virginian-Pilot
Not much has been written about the Colonel’s personal life, but here is what is known about the founder of Portsmouth. Crawford was a wealthy merchant and ship owner who, at various times, held office as the Norfolk County presiding court judge, high sheriff, militia lieutenant colonel, and representative to the House of Burgesses. Because of his militia service, he was frequently referred to as “Colonel Crawford”
Today, there is a different Colonel Crawford that strolls through Olde Towne Portsmouth. Colonel William Crawford is a character created by Eric Price while under contract with the City of Portsmouth in commemoration of its 250th birthday. Based on Portsmouth’s real-life founder, Price is well versed in all things colonial and, of course, all things Portsmouth. After the celebration, the Colonel stayed to educate and entertain the citizenry of “Faire Portsmouth”, as well as visitors from her neighboring cities and places beyond.
Since 2002, Eric “Ricky” Price (shown above) has portrayed the founder of Portsmouth, Virginia, Colonel William Crawford, and extolled the extensive history of this early colonial port.
So, who exactly was Colonel William Crawford?
The Colonel established the City of Portsmouth in 1752 upon 65 acres of land on the Elizabeth River that were a part of his extensive plantation.
Colonel Crawford’s vision for Portsmouth still lives on – 260 years later.
Portsmouth's own Colonel William Crawford, portrayed by Eric Price, on The Hampton Roads Show.
Group Tours Available
Reunions | Wedding Parties |
Group tours with Colonel Crawford are available with ten or more advance reservations.
To reserve a group tour or inquire about convention services, contact Colonel Crawford (Eric Price) directly at 757.391.0155 (message-quick return) to reserve a tour.
As featured on The Hampton Roads Show
Meet Portsmouth's Founding Father