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Steeple to Steeple Historic Tour

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Have you seen that which is in your “own backyard?” Come see the architecture, stained glass, and memorabilia of eight houses of worship in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Hear stories of the Yellow Fever Epidemic; the Jewish people here as early as 1916; the Underground Railroad; the Irish immigrants who built a masterpiece; and the Tories and Loyalists buried in Trinity Parish churchyard. See great edifices unlike any other with stories of longevity and presence in a community dating back to 1762. Bring your friends to Portsmouth, VA, the Jewel of Hampton Roads, for a full Saturday (9am-3pm) of Art, Architecture, and Story. The 2022 walking tour will be on May 7 and begins at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Washington and the High Street of Portsmouth. Purchase $22 advance tickets via credit card online or take your chance and purchase on the day of the tour for $25. Lunch included. Limited to the first 100 ticket holders.

Tour starts at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, corner of Washington and High.

Tour includes:

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Emanuel A.M.E. Church

St. Paul’s Catholic Church

Chevre T’Helim Synagogue

Court Street Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church

Lunch provided.


High Street Corridor
206 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
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