First visited by Englis settlers in 1607, Virginia Beach has been a popular tourist destination since the late 1800s. The sea, sand and sun are the most popular attractions, but through the years the city has also been known for for it's unique architecture. The first geodesic dome built in the United States, designed by Buckminster Fuller, served as the city's convention center for decades. The Cavalier Hotel, when built in 1927, was the state's largest brick structure. The new Cape Heny lighthouse, completed in 1881, remains the tallest cast iron lighthouse in the country. The lighthouse it replaced, a structutre that still stands today, was erected in 1791 and was the first federally built lighthouse in the United States.
Over 200 carefully selected postcards highlight the charm and character of Virginia Beach from 1800 to 1963.
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