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The beach at Cape Henry: view northward from the dunes near the marker, toward Cape Charles image, Click for more information
By Richard E. Miller, September 27, 2009
The beach at Cape Henry: view northward from the dunes near the marker, toward Cape Charles
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KW16 — Adam Thoroughgood House
This dwelling illustrates the transition from Virginia’s temporary frontier structures of the early 17th century to the more permanent, gentry houses of the 18th century. It stands on land obtained in 1636 by Adam Thoroughgood, who came to the . . . — Map (db m2528) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KV-14 — Adam Thorowgood
Near here stood the house of Adam Thorowgood (1604-1640), who arrived in Virginia as an indentured servant in 1621. After completing his service, Thorowgood became a leading citizen in Lower Norfolk County. In 1635, he received 5350 acres of land . . . — Map (db m73870) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Atlantic Parkway
The Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne Co. Sponsored the development of this 47 block Atlantic Parkway in 1952-1954, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Highways and the City of Virginia Beach. Many . . . — Map (db m84229) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KV-13 — Chesapeake Indians
In 1585, two towns of the Chesapeake Indians called Apasus and Chesepiooc were visited by the English Roanoke expedition and later included in Theodor De Bry's map of Virginia. Archaeological research conducted in the Great Neck . . . — Map (db m69664) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Church Point1639
Near this site Lynnhaven Parish Church was built in 1639. The church and its graveyard were the victims of erosion by the waters of the Lynnhaven River. Among gravestones found were those of Adam Thoroughgood and his wife Sarah, and her last two . . . — Map (db m2536) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KV 15-a — Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1371
Seashore State Park at Cape Henry, now known as First Landing State Park, was built by an all African American regiment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal-era relief program that employed young men ages 17 to 25. The CCC program provided . . . — Map (db m8315) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — de Witt CottageAtlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum — Home of Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Inc.
The de Witt Cottage, built in 1895 by B. P. Holland, Virginia Beach's first mayor, was the first brick structure built at the oceanfront. With 14" thick outside walls and a sturdy foundation, the building has survivied many northeasters and . . . — Map (db m33352) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — K- 277 — Eastern Shore Chapel
Originally named for its proximity to the eastern shore of the Lynnhaven River, the first Eastern Shore Chapel was built elsewhere by 1689. The vestry of Lynnhaven Prish commissioned the building of the third Eastern Shore Chapel in 1754. . . . — Map (db m69597) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KV-15 — First Landing
Near here the first permanent English settlers in North America first landed on American soil, April 26, 1607. From here they went on to make the settlement at Jamestown. The brick lighthouse was built in 1791. — Map (db m2670) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — First Landing
Landed April 26, 1607 Captain Gabriel Archer Christopher Newport Hon. George S. Percy Bartholomew Gobfold Edward Maria Vincefeld with twenty-five others who calling the place "Cape Henry" planted a cross April 29, 1607 "Dei . . . — Map (db m77578) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — First Landing State Park
Left Plaque First Landing State Park (Seashore) has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Board of Historic Resources Right Plaque . . . — Map (db m69832) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Flame Of Hope
Flame Of Hope This flame will burn continuously to light the way for the return of our Prisoners Of War held in South East Asia Dedicated by Concerned Citizens and Service Men of Tidewater Area USS Shenandoah AD . . . — Map (db m70036) WM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Francis Land House
Francis Land House, circa 1732. Placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, 1975. The Francis Land House, circa 1732. Marked by Princess Anne County Chapter, NSDAR, Bicentennial Project, Nov. 13, 1976. — Map (db m2628) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Historic Cayce Hospital Building
The City of Virginia Beach Landmarks Of Our Nation's Beginning Historical Register — Map (db m84235) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — History of Thalia/Aunt Penny's Park
History of Thalia. The word “Thalia” is derived from the Greek “thallein”, mean­ing to flour­ish and bloom. The community of Thalia is gen­er­ally bounded on the west by Thalia Creek, on the east by Lynn Shores Road, on . . . — Map (db m21224) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — K-272 — Kempsville
Originally known as Kemp's Landing, Kempsville is located at the head of the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River. By the middle 1700s, it had become an important port community. Colonial Governor Lord Dunmore's forces fought the Princess Anne . . . — Map (db m73903) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Lucius J. Kellam, Jr.Bridge -Tunnel
The dream of a structure bridging the lower Chesapeake Bay to connect Virginia's Eastern Shore with the Mainland of Virginia became a reality with the opening of the Bridge-Tunnel on April 15, 1964. This accomplishment can be attributed to the . . . — Map (db m34862) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Lynnhaven House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places byt the United States Department of the Interior. Lynnhaven House. c. 1725. — Map (db m2535) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Neptune
From the earliest of time humans have been awed by the power of the sea. Early civilizations declared it the domain of a major mythological deity the god of the sea! To the Greeks Poseidon…To the Romans Neptune. The statue was cast in bronze by . . . — Map (db m92554) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — K280 — Old Donation Church
Just east stands Old Donation Episcopal Church, built in 1736. It is the third building to serve the colonial era Lynnhaven Parish, established by 1642. The second church, once adjacent to the current building, was converted into a school in 1737. . . . — Map (db m25580) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — K-274 — Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School
This is the site of Princess Anne County Training School, the first school for African Americans in the county. The Princess Anne County Training Association and surrounding communities raised money to purchase property to build a high school. In . . . — Map (db m73895) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Seal of the City of Virginia Beach
The Cape Henry Lighthouse & Cross in the seal's center symbolize the beginning of Virginia Beach as well as the United States. The bright sky, sunshine, blue water & sandy beach indicate the importance of tourism & the pleasure of nature available. . . . — Map (db m48338) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — KV4 — Seashore State Park
This park was developed by the National Park Service, Interior Department, through the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Commission. It covers 3400 acres and was opened, June 15, 1936. Two miles west is . . . — Map (db m24326) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereCape Henry in Peace and War
Directly to the east is Cape Henry, which along with Cape Charles, define the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Both "old" and "new" Cape Henry lighthouses are visible. In September, 1781 the waters off Cape Henry witnessed two-and-a-half hours of . . . — Map (db m34863) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereThe Navy Sees the World
On the morning of December 16, 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt sent the "Great White Fleet" around the world to demonstrate American technology and resolve. Sixteen battleships passed by this point en route to Trinidad and points south, returning to . . . — Map (db m34867) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereYour Navy at Work
Every type of Navy ship operates on the Chesapeake Bay en route to or from the great naval installations of Hampton Roads. There are easy ways to identify them, starting with color. Most navies in the world paint their ships gray- although some are . . . — Map (db m34870) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereShields of the Republic
In World War II more than 700,000 American men and women went to the conflict through the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation. Over 900,000 more arrived, including the wounded, survivors of sea battles and prisoners of war. The U-boat peril reached . . . — Map (db m34873) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Chesapeake Bay : History Happened HereIronclad Revolution
In 1861, the Confederate navy converted the hulk of U.S.S. Merrimack into an ironclad, CSS Virginia. On March 8, 1861, the Virginia sank one Union warship and drove another aground in flames before the north's ironclad, U.S.S. Monitor, crossed the . . . — Map (db m34960) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Flame of Hope
The Flame of Hope monument was conceived in 1972 as a volunteer project headed by Attack Squadron 43 at Naval Air Station Oceana. The monument provided squadron personal with a means to express their concern for the Prisoners of War and Missing . . . — Map (db m70153) HM WM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — The Pembroke Manor House
The Pembroke Manor House has been place on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. circa 1764. Historic Landmark Registered Property Pembroke Manor House Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission . . . — Map (db m2534) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — K276 — The Testing of Grace Sherwood
The witchcraft case of Grace Sherwood is one of the best known in Virginia. She was accused of bewitching a neighbor’s crop in 1698. Allegations grew over time until the Princess Anne County government and her accusers decided she would be tested by . . . — Map (db m20361) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Tribute to Admiral de Grasse
To Comte Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse Admiral of the French Fleet "Arbiter Of The War" — — — General George Washington Victor in the only decisive Naval Battle in the American Revolution ( the Virginia . . . — Map (db m37233) HM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — U.S.N. Armed Guard of World War II Memorial
Dedicated to U.S.N. Armed Guard of World War II The Armed Guard of WW II came into existence on April 15, 1941 as USN Naval Reserves began special gunnery training. On September 25, 1941, orders were given to train 200 officers and 1000 men . . . — Map (db m94336) HM WM
Virginia, Virginia Beach — Virginia Legends Walk
Several markers are located along the Virginia Legends Walk. In order, starting from the eastern entrance, they read as follows:Grace Sherwood (1660-1730) Sherwood lived in Princess Anne County from the latter 1600’s until the 1730’s, . . . — Map (db m33678) HM
Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Battle of the Capes
On the morning of September 5, 1781, a line of 19 British warships appeared off this cape, headed for Chesapeake Bay. Surprised at anchor in the mouth of the bay, the crews of 24 French warships scrambled out to challenge them. Both fleets sailed . . . — Map (db m23139) HM
Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Cape Henry Memorial — Colonial National Historical Park
Here at Cape Henry first landed in America, upon 26 April 1607, those English colonists who, upon 13 May 1607, established at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English colony in America. Erected by the National Society, Daughters of the . . . — Map (db m23198) HM
Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — François Joseph Paul de Grasse — Cape Henry Memorial, Colonial National Historical Park
This statue, a gift from France is placed here, overlooking the waters where Admiral Comte de Grasse successfully engaged the British Fleet on September 5, 1781. The “Battle of the Capes” prevented crucial reinforcements from reaching . . . — Map (db m32983) HM
Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — History of Cape Henry Lighthouse
Governor Alexander Spotswood first proposed building a lighthouse at Cape Henry in a message to the Virginia House of Burgesses on November 27, 1720. He suggested the province of Maryland should help pay part of the construction costs. For the next . . . — Map (db m65675) HM

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