Tidewater/Hampton Roads, Virginia is a treasure trove of history and physical beauty defined by a unique cultural identity.

Tidewater Voices: Conversations in Southeastern Virginia is an oral history and dialect project, providing a living history that captures all that makes this fascinating region distinctive–-in terms of language, culture, and history–-from other parts of Virginia and the nation.

This collection contains narratives that will forever tell the story of language and life in the Tidewater region. It seeks to answer questions such as the following:

  • What does it mean to be a native of the Tidewater region?
  • How has the area changed over the years?
  • What are the key moments in the history of the area?

Students in Dr. Bridget Anderson’s linguistics courses at Old Dominion University continue to record conversations with residents of this region who are the true experts on its culture and history as they share their knowledge of the Tidewater region with us and with the world! The conversations involve everyday experiences and recollections about life in Tidewater. Contact Bridget Anderson if you wish to learn more about this project or become a participant.

May our stories live forever!


Browse the Tidewater Voices: Conversations in Southeastern Virginia Collections:

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Chesapeake, VA

Currituck County, NC

Dare County, NC

Gates County, NC

Gloucester County, VA

Hampton, VA

Isle of Wight County, VA

King and Queen County, VA

Middlesex County, VA

Newport News, VA

Norfolk, VA

Pasquotank County, NC

Poquoson, VA

Portsmouth, VA

Richmond, VA

Southampton County, VA

Suffolk, VA

Virginia Beach, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Yorktown, VA

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