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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“Quarters A”

 

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. Three prominent structures stand out along a one-block stretch of Portsmouth's Lincoln Street – Quarters A, B and C. On an 1827 map of the shipyard they are designated as the “Proposed Commandant's House,” the “Proposed Master Commandant’s House" and the “Proposed Surgeon’s House.”

Located just inside Norfolk Naval Shipyard, they have housed key shipyard personnel for more than one and a half centuries. Most prominent, Quarters A, is located closest to the river and houses the Commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

In 1838, Captain Lewis Warrington became the first Shipyard Commander to occupy Quarters A. Long-standing traditions continue with all of the Shipyard’s Commanding Officers having resided in Quarters A since that date.

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(left) Construction of the central brick core of Quarters A began in 1837 and was completed during 1838. Together with Quarters B and C, which were commenced in 1830, the shipyard commander's residence was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
(center) Quarters A has provided a gracious residence for shipyard commanders and their families since 1838. The central portion has been supplemented by two wings and the large back porch. Furnishings have reflected evolving styles and occupant preferences.
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Quarters A in background image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Quarters A in background
Living in Quarters A has been a treasured experience according to residents’ accounts and a variety of newspaper articles since Captain Warrington became the first resident in 1838.
 
Location. 36° 49.632′ N, 76° 17.816′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 14 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sail portion of the USS Thomas Jefferson (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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