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Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00475Once a year in May, visitors from all over the country enjoy the sights and sounds of 18th century Hampton overrun by pirates. Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. Led by Blackbeard the Pirate himself, re-enactors help visitors step back in time and re-live the history and legends of 1718 Hampton. This year the festival has been honored by being named the 3rd best pirate festival in North America by USA Today. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more!

This year’s activities include a number of reenactments from impromptu street skirmishes between pirates and the militia, to full-scale sea battles in the Hampton Harbor, featuring the popular re-enactment of Blackbeard’s final battle. Onlookers can also enjoy the waterfront view where tall ships tower over more than 50 private sail and powerboats all decked out in their own pirate gear.

Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00472A presentation ceremony follows the sea battle, where Lt. Maynard presents Blackbeard's head and defeated crew to Virginia's Governor Spotswood. Visitors can participate in the festivities when they join Blackbeard’s funeral parade, Hampton’s version of Mardi Gras, and share in the booty from his treasure chest.

Plan ahead for this raucous annual festival where you'll land smack-dab in the middle of sword fights, lively music, pirate encampment, children's activities, sea battles and fireworks. It's a way to celebrate Hampton's maritime heritage and relationship with the infamous Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Plus, there's a grand pirate ball on May 29 where you show off your best period attire.

The History:   
Travel back in time to a period where The Customs House of the bustling seaport of Hampton regulated the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities to the colonies. The wealth of the colonies floating around Hampton's waterfront made our city an inviting target for one of the fearsome and successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard. Blackbeard moved his operation north and with a pardon from the governor of North Carolina assumed the life of a gentleman with his fourteenth wife. Unable to give up the adventurous and notorious lifestyle, he cruised and began relieving ships of their cargos. Blackbeard defended his actions saying he was simply salvaging the abandoned cargo. North Carolina officials accept the dubious explanation in exchange for a portion of the cargo.

Blackbeard resumes his life of terrorizing ships and citizens along the east coast and Chesapeake Bay and in 1718, the most notorious pirate festival is hosted by Blackbeard on the beach at Ocracoke Inlet. Attended by the most notorious pirates and their crews, including Hampton's own William Howard, one of Blackbeard's captains, they feast and drink rum punch spiked with gun powder. Convinced that Blackbeard and other pirates are operating under the protection of North Carolina, Governor Spotswood of Virginia resolves to send an expedition to capture or kill Blackbeard and his crew. Lt. Robert Maynard is picked by Spotswood to lead this expedition.

The two small ships crewed by the Royal Navy and Hamptonians sail from Hampton to find Blackbeard. Lt. Maynard and his crew find Blackbeard and engage in a bloody sea battle. Maynard leads the hand to hand fighting after boarding Blackbeard's ship. During the fight to the death, Blackbeard sustains some twenty five mortal wounds and is slain when his head is severed by Maynard. With losses on both sides, 15 of Blackbeard's crew are taken prisoner. Upon return to Hampton, Lt. Maynard is said to have presented Governor Spotswood with Blackbeard's head, flag and treasure. Governor Spotswood decrees Blackbeard's head be placed on a stake at the entrance to the Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates.

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Saturday July 14th, 2018 - 11:27 am

Hampton’s very own Pirates (Blackbeard’s Crew, Inc.) are hard at work discussing future plans for the Tall Ship “Adventure”, Hampton’s very own historic sailing vessel. The Small Tall Ship Adventure is located at its new home, the Hampton Public Piers thanks to the DHDP! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday June 28th, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Yesterday I was asked if I would mind coming out in the evening and get a little video footage for an event going on in Hampton. I never miss an opportunity to fly if at all possible and even though yesterday was one of those very lengthy workdays I took a little break from writing my reports for the day and got a few minutes flight time in with one of my favorite drones. I also could not resist being right next to our new ship getting a little footage and putting a quick video together for my pirate family. I hope you all enjoy the video and a couple see shanties from Blackbeard’s Crew.

(Just as a quick side note, the aerial footage was not-for-profit and done in full compliance with FAA regulations. Part 107 exempt.)

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Friday June 8th, 2018 - 7:35 am

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End of another great event! Hampton's Blackbeard Festival's19th year, the 300th Year of Blackbeard, was a success. Over 300 cannon blasts rocked Hampton Creek throughout the weekend and pirates of all ages roamed the streets and parks. Ship battles and the reenactment of Blackbeard's death. If you missed it, come to Beaufort in August to continue the Adventure!
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I missed going to it ! I'm living over here in England now !

Wednesday May 30th, 2018 - 7:50 am

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Wednesday May 30th, 2018 - 7:48 am

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Monday May 28th, 2018 - 7:23 am

When Blackbeard's Crew invades Hampton this year on the first weekend in June, they'll bring a surprise: A new tall ship. Constable Heartless and Lady Hope invite you aboard June 2 and 3.
youtu.be/jcU6hL5zYo4When Blackbeard's Crew invades Hampton this year on the first weekend in June, they'll bring a surprise: A new tall ship. Constable Heartless and Lady Hope i...
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Sunday May 27th, 2018 - 8:01 pm

Ahoy Crew and Friends,

I know this is short notice but for those who are interested and may be able to attend there will be a memorial service down at the Adventures tomorrow (Monday) at 11 AM lead by Bosn Davey. Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom by our new ship's location for us with Blackbeard’s Crew is a privilege and honor.

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Is this in Hampton where the fest will be next week??? We want to come but want to be sure...

Sunday May 27th, 2018 - 4:22 pm

The first Cannon shot off the deck of the new "Adventure" in the Hampton River! The “ADVENTURE” was Blackbeard’s true flag ship and Blackbeard’s Crew members is the real Crew of the “ADVENTURE”. Blackbeard’s Crew Incorporated of Hampton has acquired and will operate the Tall Ship “Adventure”, an authentic working reproduction of a 65 foot Colonial trade vessel and Blackbeard’s true flag ship in Downtown Hampton, Virginia. Within scope of our project goal is the creation of a viable Hampton Seaport Partnership between Blackbeard’s Crew, the Downtown Development Partnership and various entities within the city of Hampton such as Parks and Recreation and Tourism and Convention.

youtu.be/5q6cxVD3EXIThe first Cannon shot off the deck of the new "Adventure" in the Hampton River! The “ADVENTURE” was Blackbeard’s true flag ship and Blackbeard’s Crew members...
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Well done, Sirs

Proud to have been a part of sailing Adventure to her new home port and to have assisted in firing the first cannon shot from Adventure in 300 years.

Friday May 25th, 2018 - 8:21 am

I decided to share this video on all of our Facebook pages even though unfortunately my dear friend and curator of the museum was a tad bit off his game when it comes to the details surrounding Blackbeard’s demise. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was intentionally scuttled by Blackbeard long before the final battle off Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was built in Bristol in 1710 and named Concord. One year later she was captured by the French and renamed La Concorde de Nantes. She was captured by Blackbeard and his pirates in 1717. This was actually the second time he captured the ship and may have already had a flotilla of at least 20 ships.

Blackbeard used the ship for less than a year. Blackbeard was definitely not run aground when Lieut. Maynard located Blackbeard and he was sailing is true flagship, the Adventure. Lieut. Maynard and two ships at the time, one named Ranger and one named Jane. It is believed that Gov. Spotswood rented both of those vessels in Hampton when he commissioned Maynard to track down Blackbeard. It would appear that the Royal Navy had no ships of their own fast enough that drew shallow draft that could have caught up with Blackbeard.

Both Blackbeard and is beloved ship Adventure engaged in their last battle on November 22, 1718. After 300 years the Adventure sails once again in our local waters and is currently tied up at the Hampton city docks thanks to the newest members of Blackbeard’s Crew. Edward Teach himself will be in Hampton June 1 through June 3, 2018 in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the last battle. The Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival this year will be one for the record books and Blackbeard’s Crew is proud to show off Blackbeard’s pride and joy the Adventure.

youtu.be/coQ8gg36tL8The myths of pirates loom large in Hampton, which was once the main port of Virginia and a place where captured goods could be sold. But can you separate the...
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