Phoebus Memories

Phoebus Memories is a community-driven initiative to preserve and share the vibrant history of Phoebus, Virginia. Also known as Little Chicago during the 20th century, Phoebus is remembered today for its 63 saloons and epic riots during the Spanish-American War and its rise in bootlegging and gambling during Prohibition. Today Phoebus is a neighborhood in Hampton known for its community spirit and entrepreneurial energy. You can also pick up our new book on Phoebus entitled Old Soldiers, Saloons, and Community: The Unique History of Phoebus and our daily blog Phoebus and Fort Monroe: Then and Now on Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re the adventurous type, see our list of 24 Things to do in 24 Hours in Phoebus and Fort Monroe.


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historic newspapers

Browse over 100 years of Phoebus history in newspapers.

This site, our book, and the daily blog are not affiliated with the Partnership for a New Phoebus. You can find that site here.

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