“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)

Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge

Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, July 3, 2009
1. Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge Marker
Inscription. Town Back Creek, extend­ing east­wardly from the Elizabeth River almost to St. Paul’s Church, was the north­ern end of the orig­i­nal town of Norfolk. By the early 1800’s new res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment had occurred north of the creek. Two early foot­bridges con­nected this newer area to the old town, one at Catherine (now Bank) Street in 1798 and one at Granby Street in 1801. In 1818 – 1819 the one at Granby Street was replaced by Stone Bridge. It was built by William H. Jennings and was dis­tin­guished by an arched rise at its cen­ter. The bridge remained a local land­mark until 1884 when filling of Town Back Creek to Granby Street was completed. City Hall Avenue was devel­oped in 1885 as a grand boule­vard from the City Hall (now MacArthur Memorial) to Granby Street. Most of the remain­der of Town Back Creek was filled by 1905 and City Hall Avenue was extended west­ward. Major con­struc­tion at this cor­ner included the Monticello Hotel in 1898 and the Royster Building in 1912.
Location. 36° 50.874′ N, 76° 17.442′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East City Hall Avenue and Monticello Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East City Hall Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
<i>Granby Street, 1868, Norfolk, Va.</i> image. Click for full size.
2. Granby Street, 1868, Norfolk, Va.
This postcard view is the based on the same photograph as the image on the marker. This postcard publisher, however, colored it differently (e.g. the sky) than the marker's version of the image, and added some ships in the harbor in the background. Such alterations to images were common for postcard publishers of the era, and so the resulting postcard images should always be taken with a grain of salt. The postcard itself was likely produced around 1910.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Margaret Douglass (within shouting distance of this marker); Monticello Hotel, 1898 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tripoli Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850 (about 500 feet away); Governor Tazewell (about 500 feet away); Granby Street (about 600 feet away); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (about 800 feet away); Main Street (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 684 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 29, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 7, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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