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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fort Story, Virginia
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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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|
|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|
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|
| 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|
| 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|
|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|
|Landed April 26, 1607
Captain Gabriel Archer Christopher Newport
Hon. George S. Percy Bartholomew Gobfold
Edward Maria Vincefeld
with twenty-five others
calling the place
planted a cross
April 29, 1607
"Dei . . . — — Map (db m77578) HM|
| 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|
|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|
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|
|"…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|
| 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|
| 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 Antiquities — — Map (db m77547) HM|