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Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia
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"Portsmouth's one-man Williamsburg" 
- Janie Bryant, The Virginian-Pilot
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"Just wanted to thank you (Colonel Crawford) for the wonderful day that we had on Saturday, to celebrate my mother's birthday. The day was a big hit, thanks to your warm, humorous, and delightfully entertaining wit and knowledge".    
                                                                                             - Katherine J.

Group Tours Available

  • Reunions 
  • Wedding Parties 
  • Corporate Groups

Group tours with Colonel Crawford are available with ten or more advance reservations.
Add some pizzazz to your next event or group with Colonel Crawford.  He'll share anecdotes from that special place in time you’re all there to remember.
No tours are ever quite the same.

You arrive at your destination. You are ready for an adventure!

Mapped by John Smith in 1609 and noted for it’s very deep water, Portsmouth, Virginia, on the Elizabeth River eventually became home to the oldest and largest shipyard in America - British Headquarters during the Revolutionary War – Union Occupation during the Civil War – 

Portsmouth offers a glimpse of truly original architectural construction and design with a history as wide and varied as it’s namesake, Portsmouth, England.

Portsmouth, Virginia was established as a town by act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia on February 27, 1752 by Colonel William Crawford.

The Tour of the Town – with Colonel Crawford

Your Olde Towne Adventure will begin with a “Tour of the Town” with Colonel Crawford. This excursion is approximately 90 minutes – great when divided in half with one or more of the Olde Towne Adventure Tours as side excursions – and if desired, lunch, shopping and dinner .

Side trips to The Tour of the Towne with the Colonel

  • Trinity Episcopal Church, circa 1762 – Historian, Dean Burgess in the persona of Reverend James Braidfoot, the 2nd rector of “Portsmouth Parish” – he went on to minister to George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War. Six original Louis Comforte Tiffany stained glass windows.

  • Hill House, circa 1825 – The Thompson-Hill family was one of the wealthiest and influential families in Colonial Portsmouth. The original Full English Basement Home is located on one of the most prominent streets in Olde Towne, North Street. A gift to The Portsmouth Museum Society, by descendants of it’s original owners, the home is available by appointment

  • Emmanuelle African Methodist Episcopal Church
Museums of Olde Towne Portsmouth
(minimal charge – group rates available)

  • Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
 Art at it’s best in a historic and comfortable setting. New exhibits change throughout the year. Housed in the !846 Norfolk County Courthouse, the facility offers an elevator to the second floor exhibits.

  • Courthouse Gift Shop

  • ​Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

  •  Lightship PORTSMOUTH Museum

  • The Children’s Museum of Virginia

  • The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

  • Train Museum

  • Tevra Chlem