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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Story, Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia Beach Ind. City, VA (167) Chesapeake Ind. City, VA (49) Hampton Ind. City, VA (214) Norfolk Ind. City, VA (111) Northampton County, VA (52) Currituck County, NC (39)  VirginiaBeach(167) Virginia Beach (167)  Chesapeake(49) Chesapeake (49)  Hampton(214) Hampton (214)  Norfolk(111) Norfolk (111)  NorthamptonCounty(52) Northampton County (52)  CurrituckCountyNorth Carolina(39) Currituck County (39)
Location of Fort Story
    Virginia Beach (167)
    Chesapeake (49)
    Hampton (214)
    Norfolk (111)
    Northampton County (52)
    Currituck County, North Carolina (39)
 
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1Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Battle of the Capes
On the morning of September 5, 1781, a line of 19 British warships appeared off this cape, headed for Chesapeake Bay. Surprised at anchor in the mouth of the bay, the crews of 24 French warships scrambled out to challenge them. Both fleets sailed . . . Map (db m23139) HM
2Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Battle of the Capes 1781
In September 1781, a naval engagement between two powerful fleets denied British forces access to the Chesapeake Bay and trapped Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. This little known battle helped end British domination in America. What led to this . . . Map (db m138094) HM
3Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — KV-17 — British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse / The War of 1812
British Naval Blockade and Cape Henry Lighthouse During the War of 1812, a British naval blockade along much of the U.S. East Coast disrupted foreign trade and interfered with commerce. On 4 Feb. 1813, the blockade was extended to the . . . Map (db m94317) HM
4Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Cape Henry Memorial — Colonial National Historical Park —
Here at Cape Henry first landed in America, upon 26 April 1607, those English colonists who, upon 13 May 1607, established at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English colony in America. Erected by the National Society, Daughters of the . . . Map (db m23198) HM
5Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — KV 24 — Cape Henry Railroads
The first railroad to Cape Henry was a temporary tramway built in 1880 to transport materials for the construction of the new Cape Henry Lighthouse. In 1902 the Chesapeake Transit Company opened an electric rail line from Norfolk to the cape, . . . Map (db m138073) HM
6Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Circular Gun Mount / Fort Story Family Housing
This concrete circular gun mount remains as part of a 16 inch howitzer battery built to defend the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. The battery was active until the final days of World War II when it was declared obsolete and scrapped. The below . . . Map (db m94330) HM
7Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — First Landing
Landed April 26, 1607 Captain Gabriel Archer Christopher Newport Hon. George S. Percy Bartholomew Gobfold Edward Maria Vincefeld with twenty-five others who calling the place "Cape Henry" planted a cross April 29, 1607 "Dei . . . Map (db m77578) HM
8Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — First Public Works Project of the United States Government
Construction of the Cape Henry Lighthouse was authorized by the First United States Congress on August 7, 1789. President George Washington personally reviewed bids in January, 1791 and chose John McCombs, a New York Bricklayer, as contractor. . . . Map (db m77577) HM
9Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Fort Story
Welcome to Fort Story, home to a variety of U.S. Army and Navy units. The installation's 1,451 acres are presently used for training by the Army's 7th Sustainment Brigade, Naval Amphibious forces and Special Operations forces. The post also serves . . . Map (db m79242) HM
10Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — François Joseph Paul de Grasse — Cape Henry Memorial, Colonial National Historical Park —
This statue, a gift from France is placed here, overlooking the waters where Admiral Comte de Grasse successfully engaged the British Fleet on September 5, 1781. The “Battle of the Capes” prevented crucial reinforcements from reaching . . . Map (db m32983) HM
11Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — French British Naval Engagement Off the Virginia CapesSeptember 5, 1781
"…I wish it was in my power to express to Congress how much I feel myself indebted to the Count of deGrasse and his fleet…" G. Washington Oct 19, 1781 "…I consider myself infinitely happy to have been of some service to the United . . . Map (db m138085) HM
12Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — History of Cape Henry Lighthouse
Governor Alexander Spotswood first proposed building a lighthouse at Cape Henry in a message to the Virginia House of Burgesses on November 27, 1720. He suggested the province of Maryland should help pay part of the construction costs. For the next . . . Map (db m65675) HM
13Virginia (Virginia Beach), Fort Story — Old Cape Henry Lighthouse1791
Land given by the State of Virginia 1789 First Lighthouse built by the United States Government Deeded by Congress in 1930 to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia AntiquitiesMap (db m77547) HM
 
Apr. 22, 2021