Once a bustling seaport, Hampton was the doorway to commerce for the colonies. Between
the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities, Hampton’s waterfront became a prime target for one of the fiercest and most successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard.
Legend has it that when Blackbeard was finally defeated by the Royal Navy, his head was mounted on a post at the mouth of the Hampton Harbor warning all other Pirates of their impending fate. Today, it is Hampton’s fame as an important colonial seaport and Blackbeard’s demise that the city celebrates.