First visited by English settlers in 1607, Virginia Beach has been a popular tourist destination ever since. The sea, sand, and sun are the most popular attractions, but throughout history the city has also been known for its unique architecture. The first geodesic dome built in the United States, designed by Buckminster Fuller, was the city's convention center for many years. The Cavalier Hotel, when built in 1927, was the state's largest brick structure. The new Cape Henry lighthouse, completed in 1881, remains the tallest cast iron lighthouse in the country. The lighthouse it replaced, a structure that still stands today, was erected in 1791 and was the first federally funded structure built in the United States.
Author: Alpheus J. Chewning Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) Published: 10/13/2004 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.64lbs Size: 9.24h x 6.54w x 0.34d ISBN: 9780738517162
About the Author Chewning, Alpheus J.: - Alpheus J. Chewning, author, historian and lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, has amassed a tremendous collection of local postcards. Carefully selecting 200 of these images, he highlights the charm and character of the city from 1900 to 1963. Al serves on the Board of Directors at the Old Coast Guard Station Museum and is a member of the Virginia Beach/Princess Anne County Historical Society.