“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)

Commercial Place

Commercial Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 1, 2009
1. Commercial Place Marker
Inscription. When a survey was done in 1680 to lay out the town of Norfolk, one of the few streets shown was “the street that leadeth to the water side.” The original location was just to the west of this site. It fanned out from Front (now Main) Street south to the Elizabeth River. As the new town devel­oped, this area became its commercial hub. When a mar­ket was built here near Front Street in the early 1700’s the area became known as Market Square. At the river’s edge a ferry dock and commercial wharves developed. About 1900 the name changed again, to Commercial Place. This illustration “Old Norfolk Evening” by artist John Morton Barber, recreates the southern end of Market Square/Commercial Place in 1887. Double-edged steam ferries shuttle back and forth across the Elizabeth River to Berkley and Portsmouth. The English ship Carnarvonshire is being towed into the harbor to load goods for her voyage across the Atlantic, and the side-wheel steamer Luray is carrying passengers downstream toward Town Point.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Location. 36° 50.754′ N, 76° 17.321′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on East Main Street west of Commercial Place, on the right when traveling west. Touch 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. Col. Samuel Leroy Slover (1873-1959) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); East Main Street (about 500 feet away); Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 (about 600 feet away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Margaret Douglass (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
Categories. Notable Places
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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