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Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing

 
 
Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
1. Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing Marker
Inscription.  This concrete circular gun mount remains as part of a 16 inch howitzer battery built to defend the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. The battery was active until the final days of World War II when it was declared obsolete and scrapped. The below photo of gun number one of Battery Walke is a typical representation of a 16 inch howitzer battery.

When the US Army established Fort Story in 1917 there was initially no family housing provided. Between World War I and II a limited number of NCO quarters were built and some families lived in former Cape Henry civilian quarters taken over by the Army in the late 1950s the first Army family quarters were constructed these buildings were the predecessor of the beach community homes built for military personnel in the modern Cape Henry village constructed under the Army's residential communities initiative.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, World II.
 
Location. 36° 55.123′ N, 75° 59.831′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached
Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
2. Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing Marker
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from Cape Henry Road just south of Daiquiri Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23459, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cape Henry Railroads (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Story (approx. ¾ mile away); British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812 (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Cape Henry Lighthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); First Public Works Project of the United States Government (approx. ¾ mile away); History of Cape Henry Lighthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); First Landing (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named First Landing (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
 
A missing marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 26, 2016
3. A missing marker
If you have a readable picture of the missing marker, please add it to this page. Thank you.
Picture of Building used on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
4. Picture of Building used on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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