Bill's Barbeque
1500 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA

1957 - Seafood Festival Parade 1988   Saturday, October 18, 2003
Courtesy of the Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association and
the Hampton Library via Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/20/04
Thanks, Tom!
Image by Elizabeth Lankes
(HHS - '71) of Northern VA; Courtesy of Jean Lankes Toth (HHS - '72) of VA - 01/19/05
Thanks, Elizabeth - and Jean!

Image by Elizabeth Lankes
(HHS - '71) of Northern VA - 01/24/05
Thanks, Elizabeth

Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 10/19/03
Thanks, Dave!
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Here are two "now" shots of the Bill's Barbeque location. The close up one shows the lot itself ... and the distance shot replicates the shot from 1957.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Here I am today in front of Bill's waiting
for the waitress. Something seems amiss.
Images by Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/22/04
Thanks, Tom!
Image by Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 01/08/05
Thanks, Tom!   I'll tell you - the service you get these days... Sniff... Nice plates on your Corvette - for a Crabber! GIGGLES!

These were taken in the 1980's. The two buildings (Bill's Barbeque and High's Ice Cream Store)
were right across the street from each other on Kecoughtan Road.
I worried that these cool old buildings would not last into the 21st century,
and it's now it's sad to realize that my fears came true.
I particularly mourn the loss of Bill's! I can remember Bill's Barbeque and High's Ice Cream as far back
as the late 50's but have clearer memories from the 60's. (I graduated from Hampton High School in 1971).
The Bill's building dated back to the 20's or 30's and the High's building looked to be even older.
When I was a kid, my absolute favorite meal was a Bill's hamburger and a limeade,
eaten in my Mom's car or when I was a little older, inside in one of the cheerful booths with pals.
I think I probably left my first restaurant tip at Bill's.
High's was great for their delicious chocolate milkshakes on a hot summer evening, 
when I was about 13 and actually trying to gain weight.
Those were the days!!

- Elizabeth Lankes (HHS - '71) of VA - 01/24/05
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Elizabeth!

The pictures of Bill's Barbecue and High's Ice Cream were really a kick for me. 
When I was little and my parents had NO MONEY...
we would stop at High's and get an ice cream...this was a family treat. 
The ice cream was a nickel for a small scoop. 
If they had a little more money we went to Bill's and got Barbecue sandwiches and Cokes. 
Simple sweet and lovely to remember.
- Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/27/05
Awwww - Thanks, Jean!

I also mourned the loss of Bill's Barbecue.  I didn't think it would ever go away. 
But we still have Smitty's Better Burger on King Street.......and I go there every time I visit Hampton. 
There was also a High's on Kecoughtan Road near the Oasis Restaurant.  High's has been long gone, but the Oasis is still there!!  
Does anyone besides me wonder why an ice cream business that successful would go away??

- Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 01/29/05
Thanks, Gloria! 
Having lost Bill's Barbeque and ALL the High's Ice Cream Stores, you can't imagine my joy at finding the Oasis still open!
And now I eat there each time I return to the Peninsula!

My mother, Virginia Howard, and father James Wesley Howard lived in 305 Ferguson Park in 1944 through 1949 in Hornet Circle.
Some of her friends were Dorothy and Charles Yost, who had a son named Chick. She was also friends with the Jackie Engle family.

Mother is age 93 and living in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. She has four children; Glenn, Bobby Doyle, Rose, and Alice.

She has fond memories of Bill's Barbecue, picking up fish off the beach, baking rolls and ice tea with Brenda Facin. She recalls going to town on the bus with three children in tow. She recalls Leggett's, Anderson-Newcomb, and LaVogue stores. She remembers the Capital Restaurant downtown. The mothers all helped one another while the husbands and fathers were at work. The park was a wonderful place to gather. The landscaping was beautiful.

She would like to hear from anyone who remembers her.

Her address is:
Virginia Howard
240 Westminister Street
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

- Phillip Price - 02/16/14
WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Phillip!

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Tried to amend my carnivorous habits
Made it nearly seventy days
Losin' weight without speed, eatin' sunflower seeds
Drinkin' lots of carrot juice and soakin' up rays

But at night I'd had these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat
Not zuchinni, fettucini or bulghar wheat
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat

Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise)
Heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise)
Not too particular not too precise (paradise)
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise

Heard about the old time sailor men
They eat the same thing again and again
Warm beer and bread they said could raise the dead
Well it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn

Times have changed for sailors these days
When I'm in port I get what I need
Not just Havanas or bananas or daiquiris
But that American creation on which I feed

Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise)
Medium rare with mustard 'be nice (paradise)
Heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise)
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well good God Almighty which way do I steer for my

Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise)
Makin' the best of every virtue and vice (paradise)
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice (paradise)
To get a cheeseburger in paradise
To be a cheeseburger in paradise
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well good God Almighty which way do I steer for my

(This page was created on 10/19/03.)

"Cheeseburger in Paradise" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/21/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Cheeseburger in Paradise" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/21/03
Thanks again, Dave!

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