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

The Cedar

The Cedar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. The Cedar Marker
Inscription.  A cedar tree near this location, then known as Foure Farthing Pointe, was described in the original patent defining the western boundary of the 50 acres that comprised Norfolk Town. In August 1680 John Ferebee, surveyor for Lower Norfolk County, was instructed to survey a town site on the Elizabeth River. This was completed in October 1680, but it was not until August 1682 that the county, through its agents Anthony Lawson and William Robinson, bought the town site from Nicholas Wise, a shipwright. The price was ten thousand pounds of tobacco. The surveyed town site extended eastward from this point along Main Street, formerly Front Street, on a ridge of high land to Dun-in-the-Mire, generally where Harbor Park is now located. The other principal road, “the road that leadeth out of town,” went north from the current intersection of Main Street and St. Paul’s Boulevard. The original town site was laid out with half acre lots for houses and businesses. The lots were priced at 100 pounds of tobacco.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
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list: Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1680.
Location. 36° 50.81′ N, 76° 17.646′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. It is in Downtown. Marker can be reached from Waterside Drive near Boush Street. This Marker sits near the Nauticus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Half Moone Fort, 1673 (here, next to this marker); The Cannonball Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (within shouting distance of this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Apprentice” (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk, (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
The Cedar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, January 18, 2022
2. The Cedar Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 18, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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