Newport News, Virginia, a city in the southeastern part of the state. It is on the peninsula between the York and James rivers at the point where the James enters Hampton Roads, one of the world's great natural harbors. The ports of Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth form the Port of Hampton Roads under the jurisdiction of the Virginia State Port Authority. Newport News has one of the world's largest dry docks and shipyards, where many large naval vessels and luxury liners have been built. Tobacco and coal are shipped from Newport News.
The area around Newport News is rich in early American history. Jamestown Island, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are nearby and are included in the Colonial National Historical Park. Another historic place is Old Point Comfort, on which Fort Monroe is located. Langley Air Force Base is nearby.
Settlement in the area known as Newportes Newes began about 1621. Newport News was a village until it became the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1880. It was incorporated as a city in 1896. In 1958 Newport News merged with the much larger city of Warwick. (Warwick was originally a county but became a city in 1952.) Newport News has the council-manager form of government.