“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

St. Paulís Church, 1739

St. Paul's Church, 1739 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. St. Paul's Church, 1739 Marker
Inscription. In 1641 a “chapel of ease” was built here where St. Paulís Church is now. The 1680 survey of the new town designated this site for a church and burying ground. Many of the founders of Norfolk are buried here. When Norfolk became a borough by royal charter in 1736, it was decided to erect a more substantial church. The new Borough Church was completed in 1739 and became a center of community activities. Along with the rest of Norfolk the church was burned during the British bombardment in January 1776. Only the walls remained standing, but it was returned to service about a decade later. A cannonball fired by Lord Dunmoreís fleet remains embedded in the south wall of the church. The old building was repaired and reconsecrated as St. Paulís Episcopal Church in 1832. Important events in the history of the church include organization of opposition to the Stamp Act in 1775, a commemoration of the death of George Washington in 1800, and the funeral of General Douglas MacArthur in 1964.

(Caption, picture on left): This early 1840s woodcut shows the church retaining its small 18th century turret.

(Caption, picture on right): By 1857, the turret had disappeared, but it was replaced by a wooden tower on the northeast. It too has gone.

Both pictures courtesy of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Church Photo, Click for full size
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. St. Paul's Church

Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.88′ N, 76° 17.137′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Cumberland Street near Market Street. Click for map. This marker sits in the parking lot of MacArthur Center Mall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Monticello Ave, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Northern Limit of Old Norfolk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willoughby-Baylor House, 1794 (about 600 feet away); Whitehead House, 1791 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freemason Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moses Myers, House 1792 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bank Street Baptist Church (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail.
Categories. Churches, Etc.
St. Paul's Church Photo, Click for full size
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
3. St. Paul's Church
<i>Interior of St. Paulís Church, Norfolk, Va.</i> Photo, Click for full size
circa 1910
4. Interior of St. Paulís Church, Norfolk, Va.
<i>St. Paulís Church, Norfolk, Va. </i> Photo, Click for full size
Photochrom postcard by the Detroit Photographic Company, 1902
5. St. Paulís Church, Norfolk, Va.
Note the cannonball (mentioned on the marker) is still visible on the right side of the building, where someone had thoughtfully cut back the ivy to keep it visible, about 2 feet below the eave.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,378 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on . • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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