The Ocean View Tour by R K Puma
The Jamestown Exposition of 1907 site
was a forerunner to our Naval Operations Base--
many buildings are still in use today.

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Jamestown Exposition, 1907
Jamestown Expo 1907

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Pine Beach Hotel near Expo
Pine Beach Hotel near Expo (45kb)

Opening Day Parade
Opening Day Parade

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Country Club, Norfolk
Country Club, Norfolk

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President's Party
Teddy Roosevelt's Party

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Powhatan Oak, Expo
Powhatan Oak, Expo

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Lovers' Lane, Expo
Lovers' Lane, Expo

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Government Building, Expo
Government Bldg, Expo

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States' Exhibits at the Expo
States' Exhibits

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Negro Building, Expo
Negro Building, Expo (42kb)

States' Buildings at the Expo
States' Buildings

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Model School, Expo
Model School, Expo

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Beauvoir, Expo
Beauvoir, Expo

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Life Saving Station, Expo
Life Saving Station, Expo

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1907 Regiments Parade
Regiments Parade, 1907

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Food Products Bldg, Expo
Food Products Building

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Georgia Day Crowds, Expo
Georgia Day Crowds

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Georgia Day, Expo
Georgia Day, Expo

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Kuroki Reviewing Marines
Kuroki Reviews Marines

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Artillery at Expo
Artillery at Expo

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Manufacturing & Liberal Arts Bldg, Expo
Liberal Arts

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Copper, Silver & Wood - Expo
Copper, Silver & Wood

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State Buildings on the waterfront
State Bldgs, Waterfront

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Shady Drive, Expo
Shady Drive, Expo

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Adminstration Bldg at Expo
Admin Bldg, Expo

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Why was the Jamestown Exposition held in Norfolk?

"In March 1905, the United States Congress passed an Act providing for an appropriate celebration of the three hundredth anniversary of the first English-speaking settlement in America, which was made at Jamestown, Virginia, May 13, 1607. When the nature of the exposition had been decided upon, President Roosevelt issued a proclamation inviting all the nations of the earth to participate.

The site chosen for the exposition grounds is exactly adapted to the significance of the occasion. It is a point on Hampton Roads which commands a fine view of the surrounding waters, and is about 30 miles down the James River from the city of Jamestown. In every direction, and within easy access from the grounds, are points of the greatest historical interest..."  --The Keystone View Company

Prominent visitors included: President Theodore Roosevelt (opened the expo and presided over the naval review); Samuel Gompers, Mark Twain and Booker T. Washington. The exposition wasn't considered a financial success, losing a few million dollars (big money for those times). However, the exposition buildings were acquired by the Navy when they purchased the land, and some are still in use today --so, in hindsight, it was an extraordinary investment!

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