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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Craney Island

 
 
Craney Island Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, April 21, 2018
1. Craney Island Marker.
Inscription. Craney Island is 2 miles down, and across the Elizabeth River from this point. There on June 22, 1813, the Virginia Militia under General Robert B. Taylor of Norfolk, without losing a man, defeated 4000 British troops. They had come to destroy Norfolk and Portsmouth. Repulsed at Craney Island they wreaked their vengeance on Hampton, which was taken, pillaged, and well–nigh destroyed.
 
Erected 1957 by Owen Foundry Mfg. Co., Inc. Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.666′ N, 76° 18.255′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Fairfax Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is in the 800 block, near the Hofheimer Hall Building of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23507, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Norfolk 17 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pauline Adams (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Norfolk Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); James W. Hunter House, 1894 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); West Freemason Street Historic District
Craney Island Marker, looking south westerly. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, April 21, 2018
2. Craney Island Marker, looking south westerly.
The Elizabeth River is beyond the Medical Tower Building (pictured right) and across Brambleton Avenue.
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Marine Observation Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is one of three with the title, “Craney Island.” There is also marker number K-268 The Battle of Craney Island. Information about that battle is on the marker, British Command, Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, as well. See the “Related Marker” section as a quick reference to all of them.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Back view of Craney Island Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, April 21, 2018
3. Back view of Craney Island Marker.
Pictured in the background is the emergency room entrance for Sentara-Norfolk General Hospital.
Craney Island Marker, looking south easterly. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, April 21, 2018
4. Craney Island Marker, looking south easterly.
Sentara-Norfolk General Hospital fills the background of this shot. The landing pad for the Nightingale, the emergency-airlift helicopter, is near the ornate awning (left).
Detail of Craney Island Marker’s Seal. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, April 21, 2018
5. Detail of Craney Island Marker’s Seal.
It is inscribed with (counter clockwise from bottom): City of Norfolk Virginia • Town 1682 • Borough 1736 • City 1845.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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