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

Half Moone Fort, 1673

Half Moone Fort, 1673 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Half Moone Fort, 1673 Marker
Inscription. Hostilities between the British and the Dutch continued for a number of years after the British took New Amsterdam in 1664 and established the colony of New York. The effects were felt in Hampton Roads where Dutch ships destroyed a fleet of tobacco ships at the mouth of the James River in 1667 and another fleet in Lynnhaven Bay in 1673. Following the 1673 attack the Virginia Assembly authorized construction of a fort in Lower Norfolk County to protect British settlements from possible future attacks by the Dutch. The new fort was built here, several years before the town of Norfolk was established, at a site then called Foure Farthing Pointe. The act specified that “the model be in the form of a half moon.” It was armed with demi-cannons and culverins due to the broad expanse of the river at this location. The culverin was an early long cannon capable of shooting an 18 pound (5 inch) ball accurately for about 1300 yards. Building the fort cost Lower Norfolk County 35,000 pounds of tobacco.
Erected by City of Norfolk.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 50.81′ N, 76° 17.647′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waterside Drive and Boush Street. Touch for map. This marker sits in front of the Nauticus Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cedar (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); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress (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.
Additional comments.
1. The Nauticus
Nauticus is an interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, high-definition films on a giant screen, shark petting, an the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. There is a fee to enter.
    — Submitted November 10, 2007.

Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,351 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2009, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on November 8, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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