Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Nansemond County / Norfolk County
Area 423 Square Miles.
Area 415 Square Miles.
Erected 1931 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number Z-235.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Political Subdivisions.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 36° 46.253′ N, 76° 27.824′ W. Marker was in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker was on U.S. 58 (U.S. 460) west of the Hampton Roads Airport, on the right when Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Pig Point Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sunray (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the Nansemond Indian Public School #9 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Revolutionary Camp (approx. 3.6 miles away); Florence Graded School (approx. 3.9 miles away); James Bowser, Revolutionary Soldier (approx. 4 miles away); Glebe Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Hargrove's Tavern (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
More about this marker. This marker is at the northern end of the Great Dismal Swamp.
Revision, June 6, 2018: As of a May 25, 2018 observation, marker number Z-235 Nansemond County/Norfolk County is missing. It was removed at some point between August 2017 (see Exhibit B) and the observation date. Evidently the marker was replaced with a different type of highway sign (see Exhibit A).
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) could not attest to the marker’s reported status because its database indicated that Z-235 is still standing (see Exhibit E).
This marker, based on its number prefix of letter “Z”, was a jurisdictional one. All similar markers, according to DHR’s website, have a different inscription on each side. Typically placed at a county or state line, one side provides information about the jurisdiction being entered and the reverse tells about the one being left.
Although Z-235 held historical significance, the two counties described by it are now extinct. See the “Regarding Nansemond County/Norfolk County” section for when and why. The names of these counties are preserved, however, by other means, such as the Nansemond River, Nansemond Indians, and Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake.
The “Editor’s Want List” for Z-235 had included a request for the marker’s exact GPS coordinates and clarification of its jurisdiction. See Exhibit E for GPS data from the DHR’s aerial shot and Exhibit A for proof that it did stand within the boundary sign for the City of Suffolk.
An unthinkable thought emerges in this photo gallery of marker number Z-235 Nansemond County/Norfolk County. Would one dare ask, “Was the Suffolk city limit sign moved also?” (by Cynthia L. Clark)
Regarding Nansemond County / Norfolk County. Nansemond County is an extinct Virginia county. The county became the independent city of Nansemond in July 1972 and in 1974 merged with the city of Suffolk. Suffolk was incorporated as a town in 1808, and as a city in 1910.
Norfolk County is also an extinct Virginia county. After the Civil War, portions of Norfolk County were lost as they became part of the separate independent cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and the former city of South Norfolk. In 1963 the remaining portions were consolidated with the city of South Norfolk to form the City of Chesapeake.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,537 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on June 14, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on October 2, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 24, 2011, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. 3. submitted on October 2, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 10, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.