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Great Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Norfolk County Almshouse

 
 
Norfolk County Almshouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, November 8, 2010
1. Norfolk County Almshouse Marker
Inscription.  During the colonial period, the established church cared for the poor as in Great Britain. Beginning in the late 18th century, local governments began to appoint overseers of the poor instead to support indigents with donated funds or house them in facilities built for the purpose. On 18 Dec. 1854, George A. Wilson donated 175 acres here to the Norfolk County overseers for an almshouse. The county cared for its indigent citizens here from 1855 to 1929, when the facility closed and the residents were moved to the Norfolk City Home. The City of Chesapeake Civic Center now stands on the site.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KY-6.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work.
 
Location. 36° 42.93′ N, 76° 14.835′ W. Marker is in Great Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Library Drive and Shea Drive, on the left when traveling north on Library Drive. On the grounds of the Chesapeake Municipal Center across
Norfolk County Almshouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Bieber, November 8, 2010
2. Norfolk County Almshouse Marker
the street from the main entrance to the Central Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23323, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Great Bridge Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Great Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Village of Great Bridge (approx. half a mile away); What is a Lock? (approx. 0.6 miles away); Why Build a Canal Here? (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Iron Titans Tame the Marsh? (approx. 0.6 miles away); Liquid Highways (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris Bieber of Chesapeake, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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