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Picture before a film showing at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens.  Photo provided by the Hermitage Museum & Gardens.

Silent Movie Classic at the Hermitage

On June 20, 2013 the Hermitage Museum & Gardens will show the 1926 movie “Old Ironsides.” Bring picnic blankets and folding chairs and watch this classic movie under the stars. Mingle with re-enactors who will be in period attire in the Hermitage’s beautiful grounds.  Check back at this site for updates. 


Drawing of Craney Island from the Field Book of the War of 1812

1850's drawing of Craney Island

Battle took place within sight of Hermitage Museum & Gardens

On June 22, 1813 737 men on Craney Island and a few Naval Gunboats in the Elizabeth River defeated a British force of almost 2,500 that attacked by land, and about 45 or 50 boats full of men attacked from the James River. All of this took place within sight of the grounds of the Hermitage. This American victory had a major impact on the War of 1812 and saved Norfolk, Virginia and Portsmouth, Virginia. Join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of this historic event with a film about the US Navy’s most famous ship’s  -- USS Constitution --  which gained its nickname “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812. There is a connection between Old Ironsides and the Battle of Craney Island, and Norfolk in particular.  We’re not giving the secret away until movie night!

Visit the Hermitage

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Hermitage Museum & Gardens
7637 North Shore Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the Hermitage is home to the arts. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community, as envisioned by the Sloanes.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday
Closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Gates locked promptly at 5:00 p.m. daily

Adults, $5.00
College Students (with ID), $3.00
Ages 6-18, $2.00

Free for Museum Members, Active Duty Military Service Personnel, and Children under 6.
Admission includes access to Current Gallery Exhibitions.

No photographs may be taken inside the Museum.



Block House on Craney Island

Block House on Craney Island

This block house protected the entrance to the Elizabeth River during the War of 1812. The block house is no longer on Craney Island. This picture first appeared in Lossings Field Book of the War of 1812 published in 1869.