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

The Elizabeth River

The Elizabeth River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 24, 2012
1. The Elizabeth River Marker
Inscription. The Elizabeth River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay, runs between the cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The river was named “Elizabeth” in honor of Princess Elizabeth Stuart, the eldest daugh­ter of King James I of England.

The river was first called “Chesapeake,” after the tribe of Native Americans who lived on its banks. They were an Algonquin-speaking peo­ple who depended on the land and water for exis­tence. When John Smith explored the east­ern area in 1608, he saw their “golden plots” and other indica­tions of Native American habitation.
Location. 36° 50.104′ N, 76° 17.77′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of High Street and Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Along the seawall at the High Street ferry landing. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Order Fresnel Lens from the Hog Island Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Seaboard Air Line Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); In Commemoration of the Last Public Appearance of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Naval Shipyard Museum (about 300 feet away); John Luke Porter (about 300 feet away); Cornwallis' Embarkation (about 300 feet away); Revolutionary War at Portsmouth (about 400 feet away); Home Site of William Crawford (d. 1762) Founder of Portsmouth (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 22 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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