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Justme

Newport News, VA

#1 Jan 1, 2008
Okay Hampton people, let’s go.
I remember when the skating rink moved from NN to the shopping center across from Langley Sq. Then the skating rink turning into Social Services, then a family dollar. Copeland Park. Riches on Aberdeen road. Selling pepsi bottles for .03. The ring ding (NN). When black folks weren’t allowed in Poquoson. Biggies Restaurant in Briarfield Rd. When 7-11 opened at 7 and closed at 11. The hippie house on Pine Grove Ave and across from Benjamin Syms Jr. High. Mr. Mckennley beating my tail with an open hole paddle for smoking in the bathroom. Hot Rocks on King St. When Sinclair Gardens was a great place to live. When Armistead and Mercury were a circle that you could get stuck in. Crabbing off the bridge that went to Langley, and didn’t need a license. Yama’s and Petes restaurant in Phoebus. When the Lee Theater in Phoebus showed porn. Fist fights, one on one. When Langley Village was Carver Court. The haunted house in Grandview. Walking to school (Barron, Syms). Pembroke High School. When Macy Carmel was a judge and didn’t slap you on the wrist when you got into trouble. When Chris’s restaurant was in downtown Hampton. Clyde’s restaurant in Phoebus. Being able to walk from Buckroe Beach to Grandview by way of water. Giant Burger at Mercury and Mallory. The ice cream/donut shop in Willow Oaks shopping center. The Langley Theater in downtown Hampton. Hitch hiking. Wearing loafers, plaid skirts, knee socks, white shirt and pull over v-neck sweater, and not going to Catholic school. Can’t remember the name, but the guy’s shirts that had the loop on the back of them. Scrap books that kids in school signed. Sonny’s restaurant in Buckroe. Being poor and not knowing I was. Watching Green Acres drive in from the bus stop in Copeland Park. The carmen(?) game that we played in Copeland Park on Saturday. And the last two things that come to mind are Fertittas hotdogs (the one in Phoebus) and the real cherry coke that were sold at Fullers.
Hampton Citizen

United States

#2 Jan 1, 2008
....and oh...Buckroe Beach Amusement Park. Especially "THE DIPS"! Remember the penny arcade and the string pull? Sorry it is gone.
thanks for the memories

United States

#3 Jan 1, 2008
We have a ton of stuff in the "I remember Newport News" thread about Hampton. I have as many memories in Hampton. It really has become a peninsula thing. We are on page 25 now, please feel free to read back on the pages and join us. Happy New Year!!
Donna

Newport News, VA

#4 Jan 1, 2008
High's Ice Cream in the shopping center on Pembroke Avenue, Shoney's on Pembroke, Riverdale Theater, The Theaters on Mercury where Hooters is now, Newmarket Theaters, the movie theaters in Coliseum Mall, Murphy's in Willow Oaks, Jack In The Box in Willow Oaks, Burger Chef on Mercury Blvd where Fran's Florist is now. I could go on and on. Those were the days.
Nice areas

Newport News, VA

#5 Jan 1, 2008
I remember when Hampton was not a crap hole to the peninsula. Those were good times.
Hampton Citizen

United States

#6 Jan 1, 2008
....and ice cream cones at the High's was 5, 10 and 15 cents! Remember the wide cones they used for the three scoops for 15 cents(oh....and then a penny tax)? I haven't seen those kind of cones since those old days.
Justme

Newport News, VA

#7 Jan 1, 2008
Oh I know, I saw/remembered just as much while reading the NN as I did writing the Hampto. And I am sure there are things that were left out of both forums, but boy the memories about what is there.
I never thought that I would ever miss the days that I thought I hated, but I sure do miss them now!

Happy New Year to you and all that read these forums.
thanks for the memories wrote:
We have a ton of stuff in the "I remember Newport News" thread about Hampton. I have as many memories in Hampton. It really has become a peninsula thing. We are on page 25 now, please feel free to read back on the pages and join us. Happy New Year!!
thanks for the memories

United States

#8 Jan 1, 2008
Justme wrote:
Oh I know, I saw/remembered just as much while reading the NN as I did writing the Hampto. And I am sure there are things that were left out of both forums, but boy the memories about what is there.
I never thought that I would ever miss the days that I thought I hated, but I sure do miss them now!
Happy New Year to you and all that read these forums.
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Does any remember Farmer Todd?? They were brothers, Frank and Floyd. Their little farm house was right at the curve on Todds lane. I just about grew up on their little farm. They had horses named Dixie and Cottontail.They never had electricity or running water. Oh, what I would give to go see them again.
shipyard guy

United States

#9 Mar 3, 2008
I'll chime in-
Playing LL baseball in Phoebus (Langley Cabs, Clydes Restaurant). Hearing the cannon shots at Fort Monroe around sundown. Watching that seaplane land on the Hampton River. The Lee Adult Theater (never enough nerve, just too creepy).
The Ringling Bros circus train parking at the LL field parking lot.
Crabbing on "The trestle" at Langley Field.
Cruising Buckroe Beach Amusment Park 1974. Always looking for a race on Mallory (never did...).
Ahh Willow Oaks Mall: Food Fair, getting 126 B&W film developed at Wornoms, not being able to afford stuff at Turners Sporting Goods, Lunch counter at GC Murphys and the record shop there. Dutch Maid donuts ("2 glazed and an orange drink, please".), Ginos and then Albertos Pizza (or vice versa), Mr Weatherman at Southern Dept store mens department. Cruising Jack in the Box and eyeballin' those Bethel high guys for snakin' the KHS girls. Va National Bank and the first ATM machine. Sneaking into Rices Fossil Pit. Mr Henry the crossing guard at Booker Elementary. Riding my bike from Syms to Grandview beach and being gone the entire day...
Hampton Fair Day at Gosnolds Park. Playing football for Tyler Tigers and Phillips.
Oh Well

Newport News, VA

#10 Mar 4, 2008
Growing up in NN, I didn't venture to Hampton much but I do remember bowling at the lanes where Iversen did his thing. Charlie Compton Live Stock Stable, a place where you could go horse back riding...how fun! The only IHOP at the Armistead traffic circle. Cruising up and down Todds Lane after they opened the Coliseum Mall. The damn DMV on Orcutt! I do remember going to Buckroe beach and the amusement park. The 'tunnel of love' use to be scared to death that there would be snakes in there. Off subject..but I watched them blow up the roller coaster over in Ocean View for that movie. It was cool!
Justme

Newport News, VA

#11 Mar 4, 2008
HALL ROAD
super srar

Newport News, VA

#12 Mar 4, 2008
Yes those were the days ,could you imagine being a kid now? compared to what being a kid was then , remember when willow oaks Jack in the box was the hangout for all the streetcars , when with street tires and closed pipes an 11 second car that hit the scales at 3100 lbs was king ? when ammaco white gas [ 110 octain ] was 225 a gallon . I wouldnt want to to be a teen driver now , heck we used to pile in one car and all chip in just to have gas and beer , nowadays they need a co signer just for the gas . Sad thing is in 30 more years these will be the good old days !
Gail

Hampton, VA

#13 Mar 4, 2008
As a relatively new resident(14 years) I remember Hampton when I walked to Rose's Department Store in Willow Oaks to shop for my kids' school clothes, visiting the donut shop for a cold drink and a treat before heading home. Having Mr. Childress check under the hood while the tank was filling. Watching the strange crowd filing in and out of the Nsect Club. Getting a great cup of coffee at the gas station next to the clock repair shop, then checking out the gorgeous boats at Casey Marine. Checking out the "treasures" at Fred's Thrift and Gift on N King St, then walking next door for a burger and a Coke at Smitty's. I think Childress and Smitty's are the only places still in business.
Kevin Squyars

United States

#14 Mar 5, 2008
The malt shop on mercury by the Arbys
Olin Mills at Willow Oaks.A little off subject but I remember driving across the old James river bridge (the fishing peir now) every Sunday

Since: Jul 07

Hampton, VA

#15 Mar 5, 2008
Little Joes food mart.

The McDonalds on Pembroke that advertised 15 cent hot dogs.

The pier at grand view, cold beer and pool.

Yama's

Andrews Blvd was a path in the woods and woodland road was paved with dirt.

the horse draw wagon that would come down your street and sell vegetables and fruit.

The Navy plane that crashed near Old Buckroe Road

The black high school that had a wall around it on the corner of Pembroke and King street.

The customs house restaurant

When Southampton apartments was a nice place to live

Willis elementary school

Hampton Fair days

The 5 and 10 store in Phoebus

Eating dirt cheap at fullers

The amusement park at Grand View

Nuclear Missiles at the Nike Site at Grundland Creek in Grand View

The school house where mill Point Park is now.

The little two room school house at the corner of Buckroe Ave and Old buckroe road

The acres and acres of woods that use to be behind Kecoughtan High School

The acres of woods where spraltely Middle school is

Playing on the swing at Sandy Bottom lake.(before there was a park there.)

Partying at the sand dunes at the end of first street.

Highs Ice Cream on Kecoughtan Road

Highs Ice Cream in Buckroe shopping center.

Fertillas hot dogs
Donna

Newport News, VA

#16 Mar 5, 2008
shipyard guy wrote:
I'll chime in-
Playing LL baseball in Phoebus (Langley Cabs, Clydes Restaurant). Hearing the cannon shots at Fort Monroe around sundown. Watching that seaplane land on the Hampton River. The Lee Adult Theater (never enough nerve, just too creepy).
The Ringling Bros circus train parking at the LL field parking lot.
Crabbing on "The trestle" at Langley Field.
Cruising Buckroe Beach Amusment Park 1974. Always looking for a race on Mallory (never did...).
Ahh Willow Oaks Mall: Food Fair, getting 126 B&W film developed at Wornoms, not being able to afford stuff at Turners Sporting Goods, Lunch counter at GC Murphys and the record shop there. Dutch Maid donuts ("2 glazed and an orange drink, please".), Ginos and then Albertos Pizza (or vice versa), Mr Weatherman at Southern Dept store mens department. Cruising Jack in the Box and eyeballin' those Bethel high guys for snakin' the KHS girls. Va National Bank and the first ATM machine. Sneaking into Rices Fossil Pit. Mr Henry the crossing guard at Booker Elementary. Riding my bike from Syms to Grandview beach and being gone the entire day...
Hampton Fair Day at Gosnolds Park. Playing football for Tyler Tigers and Phillips.
Wow, for as many things as I remembered, you brought up so much that I had forgotten. I just about grew up at Willow Oaks Shopping Center and I had forgotten Turner's! I did love the lunch counter at Murphy's and spent much time in the record department. Those truly were the days!!
Donna

Newport News, VA

#17 Mar 5, 2008
Oh yea, and Hampton Fair Days, I had forgotten that too. That was so much fun!
ha ha

Brookeville, MD

#18 Mar 5, 2008
i remember when 25$ could get youn a bottle of hooch,pack of smokes,2 hookers ,and a motel room.
Common Sense

Norfolk, VA

#19 Mar 5, 2008
Anyone remember the little bar that was on the boardwalk at Buckroe right outside the amusement park, Teaches or something like that?
Shipyard Guy

Norfolk, VA

#20 Mar 8, 2008
Johnsons Variety Store on King street. Owner always gave gum to the kids.
Smitty's; Some things never change. Do remember a soft serve stand at Smitty's that did not last too long.
Eli's Restaurant.
Mister Softee Ice cream truck. Man I got fat one summer.
Charles Chips delivered to the house.

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