Plenty of utensils and wares decorated tables in 18th-century America, but only a few became a symbol of protest during the Revolution, one of them was the teapot. It's these subtle traces of cultural change that take center stage in the permanent and temporary exhibits at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Here, developments in civilian and military infantry, such as ignition systems and muzzle-loading firearms, signal the progress of 18th-century weaponry, while 1690s-1820s furniture from New England through the Mid-Atlantic highlight developing cultural and regional trends.
Though a bulk of the museum's collection—including one of the biggest assortments of British ceramics outside England—was mainly used in the home, some objects were designed for outside the domestic sphere. An original fire engine built in the mid-18th century stands unscathed by flames, and a collection of medals made for George Washington honors the time he beat up that cherry tree. Scholars delve deeper into these and other artifacts during lectures held in Hennage Auditorium.
On your hour-long copiloted flight, leave the small world behind to coast aloft on an adventure of atmospheric exploration. How you use your time is up to you; spend some of the time piloting the mechanical bird or signal your cockpit companion to take over while you enjoy the high-altitude views. With no predetermined flight pattern, choose to fly over the coastline in search of pre-Columbian strip-mall fortifications, or simply breeze through the clouds in pursuit of undiscovered powerup blocks.
Hampton Roads Air Tours delights passengers with overhead views of ships drifting in and out of Norfolk's downtown harbor; the centuries-old foundations of the Jamestown Settlement; the lighthouses of Cape Henry; and a sprawling patchwork quilt of lakes, forests, and meadowlands. The company's pilots helm small, wide-windowed planes to grant passengers this unique aerial perspective on day and night tours. They fly passengers over natural landscapes and cities by day and over Norfolk after sunset when the city lights blink to life. Their seasonal flights fill hearts with wonder as guests witness yuletide light displays or a giant cupid scaling a skyscraper with his betrothed. During aerial-photography flights, pilots provide riders with full open-window access for shooting personal, artistic, and business-related projects.