Last Hampton streetcar returns home

A hundred years of history has returned to Hampton.

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- A hundred years of history has returned to Hampton.

Streetcar 390 is one of two left of its kind in the United States. It was built in 1917 and came to Hampton a year later. It was used for almost 30 years, until buses took over public transportation.

Streetcar 390 was eventually sold to a couple who lived in it until 1977. It was then was donated to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

Hampton streetcar 390 chair Greg Siegel says they raised more than $40,000 dollars to bring the streetcar back to the city. He estimates the entire project is going to cost about $750,000 dollars.

"We need to preserve Hampton's history and pass it down to future generations," Siegel says. 

PHOTOS: Historic Streetcar returns to Hampton

The streetcar made its way back to Hampton Wednesday at Fort Monroe. It will undergo restoration, and eventually be placed in a custom-built pavilion in Downtown Hampton. A website has been created where you can follow Streetcar 390's progress.

There is going to be an open house on September 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 57 Patch Road on Fort Monroe.

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