“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)

The Cedar

The Cedar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. The Cedar Marker
Inscription. A cedar tree near this location, then known as Foure Farthing Pointe, was described in the original patent defining the western boundary of the 50 acres that comprised Norfolk Town. In August 1680 John Ferebee, surveyor for Lower Norfolk County, was instructed to survey a town site on the Elizabeth River. This was completed in October 1680, but it was not until August 1682 that the county, through its agents Anthony Lawson and William Robinson, bought the town site from Nicholas Wise, a shipwright. The price was ten thousand pounds of tobacco. The surveyed town site extended eastward from this point along Main Street, formerly Front Street, on a ridge of high land to Dun-in-the-Mire, generally where Harbor Park is now located. The other principal road, “the road that leadeth out of town,” went north from the current intersection of Main Street and St. Paulís Boulevard. The original town site was laid out with half acre lots for houses and businesses. The lots were priced at 100 pounds of tobacco.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.81′ N, 76° 17.646′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Waterside Drive near Boush Street. Click for map. This Marker sits near the Nauticus. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Half Moone Fort, 1673 (here, next to this marker); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (within shouting distance of this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64 (about 300 feet away); The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 (about 400 feet 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. Political Subdivisions
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 961 times since then and 55 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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