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Hoffler Creek photo by Steven Forrest

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

On June 22, 1813 a British force of almost 2,500 men landed at Hoffler Creek and attacked Craney Island by land. This is the only part of the Craney Island battlefield that is open to the general public. This American victory had a major impact on the War of 1812 and saved Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia. Join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of this historic event.

British soldiers landing at Hoffler Creek photo provided by Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.

Battle of Craney Island Bicentennial Celebration
June 23rd, 1 - 4 pm

The Battle of Craney Island Bicentennial Celebration is part of Portsmouth's and Norfolk's two-day celebration commemorating the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Craney Island! Join us for a family picnic followed by period music, military re-enactors, reading of the Victory Proclamation, games, and children's activities.

Starting April 30th, tickets are available for purchase at
- Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation Headquarters (cash or check only)
- Giftshop at the Children's Museum of Virginia
- Giftshop at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
- or contact Ned McCabe at 757-393-9385.

Ticket prices for family picnic are:
Adults $18.12
Ages 6 - 12 $10.00
Ages 5 & under free

Also visit their web site for more information:



Map of the Battle of Craney Island

Map of the Battle

This map of the Battle of Craney Island first appeared in Lossings Field Book of the War of 1812 published in 1869.