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

Taylor-Whittle House, 1791

 
 
Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 Marker
Inscription. This Federal style house is one of the oldest remaining buildings on Freemason Street, a fashionable address in the expanding Borough of Norfolk at the turn of the nineteenth century. It stands on property confiscated from the estate of Loyalist Thomas McKnight after the Revolutionary War and sold to George Purdie in 1788. Purdie built the house in 1791 but apparently never lived here. Merchant John Cowper occupied the house when he became Mayor of Norfolk in 1801 and sold it to Richard Taylor (1771-1827), an importer and English immigrant, in December 1802. Taylor's descendents lived here until 1972, passing the home down from generation to generation through the female line. Prominent nineteenth century Naval officers who resided in the house included Taylor's son-in-law Captain Richard Lucien Page, who accompanied Commodore Perry on his historic voyage to open up trade with Japan in 1854, and Page's son-in-law William Conway Whittle, the executive officer and an navigator of the Confederate blockade runner CSS Shenandoah. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.115′ N, 76° 17.532′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker
Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 Marker
is at the intersection of West Freemason Street and Duke Street, on the right when traveling east on West Freemason Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 227 W Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Freemason Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); James W. Hunter House, 1894 (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Norfolk Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Tazewell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Observation Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tripoli Street (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .  Whittle House (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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