Movie star Ava Gardner lived in Newport News in the 1930s.

Satchel Paige pitched two innings for the Peninsula Grays at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton in 1966 at the age of 59.

Irene Morgan, a Gloucester African-American, was arrested in Saluda for refusing to move to the back of a bus for a white couple in 1944, 11 years before Rosa Parks' similar action. The Morgan case led to the first Supreme Court decision overturning a segregation law involving interstate transportation.

Glenn Close, theater and movie star, attended the College of William and Mary and starred in several productions there in the 1970s.

Curtis Strange, a two-time U.S. Open golf champion and captain of the 2001-02 U.S. Ryder Cup team, called Kingsmill in James City County home for years.

Marcel Desaulniers, co-founder and executive chef of The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg, has award-winning cookbooks that have brought his creations, such as the tempting "Death by Chocolate," to international fame.

Hip-hop artist and producer Missy Elliott is from Portsmouth.

Hip-hop producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, better known as the Neptunes, in addition to Timbaland grew up in Virginia Beach.

Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, Dwight Stephenson, Henry Jordan, Aaron Brooks and Ronald Curry are some of the many pro football greats from the area.

Michael Vick, who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, grew up in Newport News. Vick, formerly the highest paid player in the NFL, served nearly two years in federal prison on charges related to dogfighting.

Mike Tomlin, a Denbigh High and William and Mary alum, became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl when he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the championship in 2009 in just his second season as head coach.

Nancy Lieberman-Cline and Anne Donovan played their college ball at Old Dominion University. Both have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Allen Iverson starred on the basketball court and the football field for Bethel High School in Hampton before joining the NBA. He's played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies. He returned to 76ers last year, but left the team indefinitely in February to tend to his sick daughter.

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is a College of William and Mary alum.

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Jamestown: Founded in 1607, Jamestown was America's first permanent English colony.

Williamsburg: Home of the College of William and Mary and the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was restored beginning in 1926. Notable visitors to Williamsburg include many U.S. presidents and heads-of- state.

Yorktown: The site of one of the most decisive battles of the American Revolution. On Oct. 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans and French after being defeated by Gen. George Washington.

Chesapeake Bay: The largest estuary in the United States, the bay stretches about 200 miles from Havre de Grace, Md., to Norfolk and includes two of the five major North Atlantic ports in the United States.

Hampton Roads: Site of the first battle between the