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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Downtown

 
Clickable Map of Norfolk, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Norfolk Ind. City, VA (107) Chesapeake Ind. City, VA (48) Hampton Ind. City, VA (144) Northampton County, VA (45) Portsmouth Ind. City, VA (95) Virginia Beach Ind. City, VA (74)  Norfolk(107) Norfolk (107)  Chesapeake(48) Chesapeake (48)  Hampton(144) Hampton (144)  NorthamptonCounty(45) Northampton County (45)  Portsmouth(95) Portsmouth (95)  VirginiaBeach(74) Virginia Beach (74)
Downtown and Vicinity
    Norfolk (107)
    Chesapeake (48)
    Hampton (144)
    Northampton County (45)
    Portsmouth (95)
    Virginia Beach (74)
 
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1Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — KN-3 — Bank Street Baptist Church
The Bank Street Baptist Church was built on this site in 1802 as a Presbyterian church. In 1840 it was purchased by a group of free blacks to serve them as a Baptist church. Because it had one of the first church bells in Norfolk, the building was . . . — Map (db m3323) HM
2Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — KV-8 — Col. Samuel Leroy Slover(1873-1959)
Tennessee native Samuel L. Slover established himself in Norfolk in 1905 as co-owner of the Public Ledger, a local newspaper. He later controlled six of Virginia’s most influential newspapers, Including the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, . . . — Map (db m129624) HM
3Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Commercial Place
When a survey was done in 1680 to lay out the town of Norfolk, one of the few streets shown was “the street that leadeth to the water side.” The original location was just to the west of this site. It fanned out from Front (now Main) . . . — Map (db m21041) HM
4Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894
This 1894 Richardsonian Romanesque granite and sandstone church was designed by Norfolk architects James E. R. Carpenter and John V. Peebles. It was built to accommodate the growing congregation of the 1850 Granby Street Methodist Church at the . . . — Map (db m3372) HM
5Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Four Farthing or Town Point
Here at a cedar tree was the western limit of the fifty acres constituting the original town of Norfolk. The land was bought in 1682 as a port for lower Norfolk County from Nicholas Wise, Jr. for “tenn thousand pounds of tobacco and . . . — Map (db m21183) HM
6Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Francis Drake, Free Black Barber
Francis Drake, a slave barber, was the first black to gain his freedom in post-Revolutionary War Norfolk after a 1782 Act of the Virginia General Assembly authorized “any person...to emancipate and set free, his or her slaves.” Drake was . . . — Map (db m129584) HM
7Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Freemason Street Baptist Church
In May 1848 former members of the Cumberland Street Baptist Church organized to become the Freemason Street Baptist Church. A new church building was begun that year and completed and dedicated in May 1850. The Reverend Tiberius Gracchus Jones, a . . . — Map (db m48251) HM
8Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Governor Tazewell
Here stood the residence of Littleton Waller Tazewell, attorney, Virginia legislator, U.S. Congressman and Senator, and Governor of Virginia. The Williamsburg native came to Norfolk in 1802 to practice commercial and maritime law and was widely . . . — Map (db m35089) HM
9Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Granby Street
Granby Street was named in 1769 to honor Englishman John Manners (1721 – 1770), Marquess of Granby. The orig­i­nal street ran three blocks from Bute Street south to Town Back Creek, a semi-navigable stretch of marshland run­ning . . . — Map (db m21185) HM
10Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Main Street
In his 1680 survey of the site that was to become the Town of Norfolk, Lower Norfolk County surveyor John Ferebee laid out the principal street along a ridge of high land extending from Foure Farthing Pointe (Town Point Park) to Dun-in-the-Mire . . . — Map (db m48245) HM
11Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Margaret Douglass
"I told the judge to do his duty and put me in prison at once, if he chose, for I would ask no favors at the hands of any man." Margaret Douglass Margaret Douglass, a white woman from Charleston, South Carolina, moved to Norfolk . . . — Map (db m48239) HM
12Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Monticello Hotel, 1898
The Monticello Hotel, which opened at the corner of City Hall Avenue and Granby Street on September 27, 1898, was the largest and finest hotel in Norfolk for over 60 years. The hotel was built on filled land. By 1885 Town Back Creek had been filled . . . — Map (db m48238) HM
13Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Moses Myers House, 1792
Moses Myers (1753-1835) was a shipping merchant who came to Norfolk in 1787 from New York. He acquired this site in September 1791 and built his distinguished Federal town house in 1792. It was one of the early brick buildings to be constructed in . . . — Map (db m35092) HM
14Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Norfolk College for Young Ladies
On this site was the Norfolk College for Young Ladies, which was chartered on February 20, 1880 with Capt. John L. Roper as President of the Board. The school was designed by James H Calrow, one of Norfolk's leading architects at the time. It opened . . . — Map (db m71671) HM
15Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Old City Hall and Courthouse, 1850
When Norfolk became an independent city in 1845, space was needed to accommodate municipal functions. The Classic Revival building was begun in 1847 and completed in 1850 as Norfolk's city Hall and Courthouse. The architect was William Singleton, a . . . — Map (db m35158) HM
16Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — KV-21 — Pauline Adams(1874-1957)
Pauline Adams, a native of Ireland who immigrated to the United States in her youth, was a woman’s rights activist who advocated a militant approach to the campaign for suffrage. The Equal Suffrage League of Norfolk was formed at her house in Ghent . . . — Map (db m104849) HM
17Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church & School
St. Joseph’s Parrish was established for Norfolk’s African Americans by the Josephite Order in September 1889, with a place of worship and a school for students from elementary grades through high school. In May 1893, a two-story brick building was . . . — Map (db m129619) HM
18Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — St. Paul’s Church, 1739
In 1641 a “chapel of ease” was built here where St. Paul’s Church is now. The 1680 survey of the new town designated this site for a church and burying ground. Many of the founders of Norfolk are buried here. When Norfolk became a . . . — Map (db m3371) HM
19Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Taylor-Whittle House, 1791
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 . . . — Map (db m48248) HM
20Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — The Cannonball Trail
Follow the Cannonball Trail through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. The Trail winds along the shoreline of the Elizabeth River and through the districts of downtown Norfolk. Walk the cobbled streets of West Freemason - the earliest . . . — Map (db m136358) HM
21Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — The Customhouse, 1859
Construction of this customhouse began in 1852 and was completed in 1859, replacing an 1819 customhouse located at Water and Church Streets (now Waterside Drive and St. Paul’s Boulevard). This building was designed by Ammi B. Young . . . — Map (db m21184) HM
22Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Town Back Creek and Stone Bridge
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 . . . — Map (db m21225) HM
23Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Tripoli Street
Monticello Avenue, South of Market Street, was formerly Tripoli Street. It was named in honour of Commodore Stephen Decatur's victory over the Barbary Pirates, after he had requested that his own name should not be used. — Map (db m3370) HM
24Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — West Freemason Street Historic District
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 . . . — Map (db m35160) HM
25Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Whitehead House, 1791
Patrick Parker, a wealthy merchant, built a Georgian style home here in 1791. Later occupants of the house included Hugh Blair Grigsby and John Boswell Whitehead, sons of Elizabeth McPherson. Elizabeth's first husband was the Reverend Benjamin . . . — Map (db m35094) HM
26Virginia (Norfolk), Downtown — Willoughby-Baylor House, 1794
This site was in the original Crown grant of 200 acres to Colonel Thomas Willoughby in 1636. Located on Freemason Street, so called because the Norfolk Royal Exchange Lodge of Masons erected the "Mason's Hall" on this site in 1764 as America's first . . . — Map (db m64974) HM
27Virginia (Richmond), Downtown — 17 FeetJune 19-23, 1972 — Hurricane Agnes —
The red line above marks the highest known flood level at this location. On June 20, 1972, Hurricane Agnes brought torrential rainfall to the Richmond region, with the flood crest occurring on June 23. At this spot, flood levels reached a . . . — Map (db m133685) HM
 
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