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Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Whitehead House, 1791

 
 
Whitehead House, 1791 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. Whitehead House, 1791 Marker
Inscription. Patrick Parker, a wealthy merchant, built a Georgian style home here in 1791. Later occupants of the house included Hugh Blair Grigsby and John Boswell Whitehead, sons of Elizabeth McPherson. Elizabeth's first husband was the Reverend Benjamin Grigsby. Their son Hugh (1806-1861), the famed Virginia historian, spent his boyhood in the house. After Benjamin Grigsby's death, Elizabeth married Dr. Nathan Colgate Whitehead, in whose family the house remained for three generations. Their son John was Norfolk's mayor from 1870 to 1872 and from 1874 to 1876. According to anecdote, when the Freemason Street Baptist Church was built across the street, Dr. Whitehead worried that the large steeple would fall and damage his property during a storm. He was told, "The devil would never think to look for a Presbyterian elder under a Baptist steeple." The steeple did fall in 1879, without damage to property or Presbyterians. The last tenant of the house was the Norfolk Boys' Club, which occupied the building until 1933, when it was torn down to make way for a parking lot for Freemason Street Baptist Church.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.008′ N, 76° 17.228′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia, in Norfolk. Marker
Whitehead House, 1791 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. Whitehead House, 1791
is at the intersection of E. Freemason Street and Bank St. on E. Freemason Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moses Myers, House 1792 (within shouting distance of this marker); Freemason Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Willoughby-Baylor House, 1794 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank Street Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 (about 700 feet away); St. Paulís Church, 1739 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tripoli Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Whitehead House, c.1885 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
3. Whitehead House, c.1885
Courtesy of Norfolk Public Library
Hugh Blair Grigsby (1806-1881) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
4. Hugh Blair Grigsby (1806-1881)
Discourse on the Lives, and Characters of the Early Presidents of Hampden ~Sidney College, Richmond, 1913. Courtesy of Norfolk Public Library
John B. Whitehead (1822~1903) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
5. John B. Whitehead (1822~1903)
William H. Stewart. History of Norfolk County, Virginia (1902)
Whitehead House in 2015 image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 5, 2015
6. Whitehead House in 2015
 
 
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