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Governor Dinwiddie Hotel, Portsmouth, VA

Downtown Portsmouth Historic District - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 3001485, date listed 20040116

. Roughly bounded by I-264, Middle St., Primrose St. and Queen St.

. Portsmouth, VA (Independent City)

. The original property was first opened as the Hotel Portsmouth in 1945. It is believed that President Harry Truman roomed there during his visit to the shipyard, but the old hotel books are now lost, so that cannot be proven. The name was changed a decade later to the Hotel Governor Dinwiddie, to honor the Colonial Governor of Virginia. Four descendants of the governor were present at the renaming ceremony. The Hotel Governor Dinwiddie remained a downtown beacon of social and civic life through the 1960s. It then became a residence for the elderly and low-income, and was purchased by the Wimbrough family who had just redeveloped the interior of the old YMCA building in the same block. (1)

. References (1) Governor Dinwiddie

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    by Tim Stewart
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