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

West Freemason Street Historic District

 
 
West Freemason Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. West Freemason Street Historic District Marker
Inscription. In 1686 one hundred acres of land in this vicinity were granted to the Elizabeth River Parish for a glebe. It was sold by the vestry in 1734 to a merchant named Samuel Smith. This was one of the first areas of Norfolk to be developed outside the boundaries of the original fifty acres of the colonial town. Today it is the City's only neighborhood which presents a visible chronology of architectural styles over three centuries. Beginning with the Federal style illustrated by the 1791 Whittle House, the area also contains notable examples of the Greek Revival styles. West Freemason Street retains the cobblestone paving, granite curbs, cast iron fences, and brick sidewalks characteristic of early Norfolk. In 1850 the City's first gas lamps were installed along Freemason Street. Through the 19th and early 20th centuries this was one of Norfolk's finest residential neighborhoods. In 1972 the West Freemason Historic District was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.127′ N, 76° 17.542′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on West. Freemason Street near Duke Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
West Freemason Street Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. West Freemason Street Historic District
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 (within shouting distance of this marker); James W. Hunter House, 1894 (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Norfolk Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Tazewell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Observation Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); USS Norfolk Bell (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 618 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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