What is the 757?

This place where we live in southeastern Virginia has had quite a few names through the years. For many years, we were in Tidewater. Our AAA baseball team the Tides used to be the Tidewater Tides! Sometime in the 1980’s, Tidewater fell out of favor, and those with influence changed the name to Hampton Roads. What in the world is Hampton Roads?

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Hampton house

A place with many names

The term "Roads" (short for roadstead) indicates the safety of a port; as applied to a body of water, it is "a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor." In 1755, the Virginia General Assembly recorded the name "Hampton Roads" as the channel linking the James, Elizabeth, and Nansemond Rivers with the Chesapeake Bay.

You may have also heard the term the Seven Cities. That unfortunately excludes our friends in Williamsburg, Franklin, Gloucester, Yorktown, and other fine parts of the region. Coastal Virginia began to take hold just a bit in the 2010’s.

It’s all a bit confusing, right??

A new regional identity

In 2019, a group of civic leaders thought so, too. After all, Hampton Roads never really took hold. Most people from this part of the country say they are from Norfolk-Virginia Beach or something akin to that. This group conducted extensive surveys and concluded in December 2019:

So now we’re the 757! Or we are Hampton Roads, or Coastal Virginia, or Tidewater, or whatever you feel most comfortable saying.

Mostly, we just call it home.

Campus757 lady taking a photo

Explore the 757

Things to Do

From finding the closest library to tracking down the nearest pub, we’ve got you covered! On this page you will find some of the best places in the 757 and the easiest ways to get there!

Local Events

Our curated list of local events includes fun things to do, opportunities to kickstart your career, and lots more. We'll keep you in the know!

Local Guides

From happening cities to quaint small towns, our region is full of opportunities to explore and great places to live. Check out our local guides to get oriented!

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