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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Norfolk, Virginia

Clickable Map of Norfolk, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Norfolk Ind. City, VA (147) Chesapeake Ind. City, VA (63) Hampton Ind. City, VA (227) Northampton County, VA (51) Portsmouth Ind. City, VA (104) Virginia Beach Ind. City, VA (171)  Norfolk(147) Norfolk (147)  Chesapeake(63) Chesapeake (63)  Hampton(227) Hampton (227)  NorthamptonCounty(51) Northampton County (51)  Portsmouth(104) Portsmouth (104)  VirginiaBeach(171) Virginia Beach (171)
Norfolk and Vicinity
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      Chesapeake (63)  
      Hampton (227)  
      Northampton County (51)  
      Portsmouth (104)  
      Virginia Beach (171)  
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1Virginia, Norfolk — "Connections"
The Connections monument is a collection of standard practical connections used in steel construction. Civil engineers have developed the assembly methods depicted here over hundreds of years. This representation is also used as an instructional . . . Map (db m165983) HM
2Virginia, Norfolk — KV-6 — Susan Constant Shrine
This shrine commemorates the Susan Constant, the flagship of the fleet that carried the first English settlers to Virginia in 1607. The Susan Constant, a 120-ton vessel, was built in 1605 and made one voyage to Spain before the . . . Map (db m33673) HM
3Virginia, Norfolk — Virginia and Monitor
Across Hampton Roads from this point the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimac) and the U.S.S. Monitor fought, March 9, 1862. This was the first combat between iron-clad vessels in the history of the world. After a severe engagement in which each . . . Map (db m16420) HM
4Virginia, Norfolk — Air Traffic Control
Weather Weather has an impact on airplanes, so pilots must keep a close eye on the weather. Before a flight they look at weather reports, and during a flight they, communicate with air traffic controllers along their flight path to keep . . . Map (db m107183) HM
5Virginia, Norfolk — KV 9 — Airship Roma Disaster
The U.S. Army dirigible Roma crashed and exploded just west of here during a test flight on 21 Feb 1922. The crash, the deadliest involving a U.S. hydrogen airship, killed 34 out of the 45 officers, crewmen, and civilians on board. . . . Map (db m145923) HM
6Virginia, Norfolk — Armed Forces Memorial
The Armed Forces Memorial is located here on a river that has for more than 200 years carried servicemen off to war and returned them home to loved ones. Within the Memorial are 20 inscriptions from letters written home by U.S. service members who . . . Map (db m3475) HM
7Virginia, Norfolk — Armed Forces Memorial
The Armed Forces Memorial is located here on a river that has for more than 200 years carried servicemen off to war and returned them home to loved ones. Within the Memorial are 20 inscriptions from letters written home by U.S. service members . . . Map (db m191730) WM
8Virginia, Norfolk — Atlantic City
The Chesapeake Bay and Elizabeth River's waters and rich abundance or natural resources were instrumental in the economic development of the region. When the village of Atlantic City, which once comprised this general area, was annexed by the City . . . Map (db m199881) HM
9Virginia, Norfolk — Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Off this point in the Elizabeth River is the zero mile buoy marking the beginning of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In colonial times water transportation was the principal mode for moving cargo. The idea of a canal connecting the Elizabeth . . . Map (db m3478) HM
10Virginia, Norfolk — 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
11Virginia, Norfolk — Battle, Monitor and Merrimack
On March 9, 1862, the first battle between ironclad ships occurred in Hampton Roads when the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack) met in a naval engagement which opened the era of the armored warship.Map (db m21215) HM
12Virginia, Norfolk — Battleship Wisconsin: Wis + Ky = “Wisky” — Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail —
A distinctively bulbous bow, coupled with the lengthy slender hull below the waterline, enhanced the capacity of a 212,000 horsepower propulsion plant to push the 45,000 ton battleship Wisconsin through the water for speeds exceeding 33 . . . Map (db m191492) HM
13Virginia, Norfolk — Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64in the Homeport of Naval History
Battleships bearing the name Wisconsin have graced the waters off Norfolk and Hampton Roads since the beginning of the twentieth century. Ornately designed to show-off the “Stars and Stripes” of the United States, the first . . . Map (db m35211) HM
14Virginia, Norfolk — Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolkthe Homeport of Naval History
Redefining the skyline of downtown Norfolk, battleship Wisconsin stands stoically with dominating presence. After months of dredging and construction, Wisconsin majestically slipped into the seemingly tailored berth without a hitch on . . . Map (db m3407) HM
15Virginia, Norfolk — Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress
Battleship Wisconsin and the sister-ships of the Iowa Class arguably hold a symbolic status as monuments in naval surface warship design. Unlike torpedo boats, tin-can destroyers, flat-top aircraft carriers, and pig-boat submarines, . . . Map (db m3378) HM
16Virginia, Norfolk — Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount
A primary antiaircraft weapon used by Allied forces during the violent air and sea battles of World War II was the Mark 2 quadruple mounted 40 millimeter gun mount, or "Quad 40." Each individual Quad 40 gun was capable of firing shells weighting two . . . Map (db m35155) HM
17Virginia, Norfolk — Benjamin F. StewartPrivate, U.S. Army — Norfolk Trail of Honor —
Pvt Stewart was born in Norfolk. After joining the Army, he was sent to the frontier with Company “E”, 7th U.S. Infantry. Within a year, he would take part in actions against the Sioux in the Montana Territory during the Black Hills War. In . . . Map (db m191453) HM
18Virginia, Norfolk — Birthplace of Naval Aviation
On Nov. 14, 1910, man proved that planes could fly from ships when a Curtiss Bi-Plan piloted by E. B. Ely took off from the deck of the cruiser U.S.S. Birhingham, at anchor off Old Point Comfort, flew two miles to Willoughby Spit and landed on the . . . Map (db m33670) HM
19Virginia, Norfolk — KV-3 — Birthplace of Naval Aviation
On 14 Nov. 1910, off Old Point Comfort across the harbor from here, the U.S. Navy demonstrated that airplanes could be launched from ships. Flying a Curtiss biplane, Eugene Ely took off from a wooden ramp constructed atop the deck of the cruiser USS . . . Map (db m33242) HM
20Virginia, Norfolk — KV 30 — Booker T. Washington High School
James T. West High School, one of Virginia’s first accredited public high schools for African-Americans, was renamed in 1917 for Booker T. Washington, educator, author and orator. The school moved to a newly constructed building in 1924 and for . . . Map (db m130360) HM
21Virginia, Norfolk — Camp Talbot
Half a mile west is site of Confederate camp. Georgia and Virginia troops defending Norfolk were encamped there from April 1, 1861 until the evacuation of the city May 10, 1862Map (db m76779) HM
22Virginia, Norfolk — Cedar Grove Cemetery
Cedar Grove was Norfolk’s first public cemetery, established in January 1825 after a Borough ordinance aimed at curbing yellow fever decreed that the “burying of the dead in lots lying on public and populous streets is ... injurious to the . . . Map (db m119770) HM
23Virginia, Norfolk — 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
24Virginia, Norfolk — 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
25Virginia, Norfolk — Confederate Defense Line
Confederate breastworks crossed this road extending from Tanner's Creek on the west to Broad Creek on the east with an intrenched camp to the west. Union soldiers under Major Gen. John E. Wool landed at Ocean View and marched to Norfolk over this . . . Map (db m87727) HM
26Virginia, Norfolk — Craney Island
Craney Island is 2 miles down, and across the Elizabeth River from this point. There on June 22, 1813, the Virginia Militia under General Robert B. Taylor of Norfolk, without losing a man, defeated 4000 British troops. They had come to destroy . . . Map (db m118856) HM WM
27Virginia, Norfolk — David D. Barrow and George W. BrightNorfolk Trail of Honor — 🎖️ —
David D. Barrow Seaman, U.S. Navy Enlisted in Norfolk Gregory W. Bright Coal Passer, U.S. Navy Born in Norfolk Both men were stationed onboard USS Nashville (PG-7) which was sent to Cuba during the . . . Map (db m191458) HM
28Virginia, Norfolk — Development and Architecture of Fort Norfolk
Fort Monroe was being built and in 1824 the Army left Fort Norfolk to concentrate its forces there. The Fort Norfolk was left unused until 1855 when the Navy took it over for use as an ordnance depot. They built the large building in the middle of . . . Map (db m200371) HM
29Virginia, Norfolk — Douglas MacArthurGeneral, U.S. Army — Norfolk Trail of Honor —
Douglas MacArthur was the son of Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, Arthur MacArthur and Mary Hardy MacArthur of Norfolk. As Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General MacArthur demonstrated conspicuous leadership in . . . Map (db m191477) HM
30Virginia, Norfolk — Downtown Waterfront Revitalization
In the 1950s the downtown waterfront contained an assortment of aging facilities-wharves, warehouses, rail lines, ship chandlers, tugboat operations, and ferry docks. The city of Norfolk made a significant decision. An area of downtown along the . . . Map (db m3480) HM
31Virginia, Norfolk — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by the belief that love and peaceful protest could end social injustice, Dr. King stirred Americans of all races to protest racial discrimination, poverty and war. A . . . Map (db m191740) HM
32Virginia, Norfolk — East Main Street
The portion of East Main Street between Commercial Place and Church Street (now St. Paul’s Boulevard) was notorious with servicemen all over the world until well after World War II. The district was home to taverns such as the Krazy Kat and Red . . . Map (db m123808) HM
33Virginia, Norfolk — Elizabeth RiverThe Cannonball Trail
The Elizabeth River was shown, but not named, on a map drawn in 1585 by John White, a participant in Sir Walter Raleigh’s unsuccessful efforts to establish a colony on Roanoke Island in the North Carolina Outer Banks. In 1608 Captain John Smith and . . . Map (db m191490) HM
34Virginia, Norfolk — Elizabeth River Restoration
The first Europeans to live in the Elizabeth River watershed arrived in the 1600's and they viewed the river in much the same way as their counterparts in other colonial settlements. Rivers served as a primary means of transportation and as . . . Map (db m200602) HM
35Virginia, Norfolk — KV-20 — Ella J. Baker(1903-1896)
Ella Baker, born in Norfolk, was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement for five decades. In the 1940s she was a field secretary with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and later served as its director of branches. Baker . . . Map (db m129620) HM
36Virginia, Norfolk — Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1853 to ease the overcrowded conditions in the less than 30-year old Cedar Grove Cemetery, which lay across Smith’s Creek from the 50-acre parcel that would become Elmwood. The two cemeteries were connected by a . . . Map (db m119768) HM
37Virginia, Norfolk — KV-26 — Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery, established in 1853, is Norfolk's second-oldest municipal cemetery. Its monuments and statues, some crafted by nationally prominent artisans, bear the motifs of Victorian funerary art and reflect the Egyptian, Gothic, Greek, . . . Map (db m119650) HM
38Virginia, Norfolk — 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
39Virginia, Norfolk — KV-35 — Evelyn Thomas Butts(1924-1993)
Evelyn Butts, civil rights activist and community organizer, worked to secure voting rights for African Americans. In 1963 she initiated a federal lawsuit asserting that Virginia’s poll tax, which citizens had to pay before they could register to . . . Map (db m191665) HM
40Virginia, Norfolk — Father Ryan's Home
On Chapel Street, south of this point, stood the home of Father Abram J. Ryan, beloved poet of the Confederacy. "But their memories e'er shall remain for us and their names, bright names, without stain for us: the glory they won shall not wane for . . . Map (db m36833) HM
41Virginia, Norfolk — Ferries to Portsmouth and Berkley
According to tradition, ferry service across the Elizabeth River was first established near this location in 1636 by Captain Adam Thoroughgood and operated by Lower Norfolk County. The earliest ferries were simply skiffs rowed by men. Later larger . . . Map (db m20363) HM
42Virginia, Norfolk — First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Norfolk Virginia has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission act of 1966. This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic . . . Map (db m3327) HM
43Virginia, Norfolk — KV-1 — First Flight Ship to Shore
On 14 November, 1910, Eugene Ely in a Curtiss built "Hudson Flyer," utilizing a specially constructed platform with an uptilt at the end, took off from the cruiser Birminham anchored off Fort Monroe and landed at Willoughby Spit, 2½ . . . Map (db m33357) HM
44Virginia, Norfolk — Flagship Sarah Constant
On April 26, 1607, Captain Christopher Newport and the passengers and crew members of the Sarah Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery arrived near this spot during a storm. They explored the landscape and eventually settled . . . Map (db m33674) HM
45Virginia, Norfolk — Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk
Tidal flooding from hurricanes and northeasters has always been a part of Norfolk’s relationship with the sea. In 1693, the Royal Society of London reported that “there happened a most violent storm in Virginia, which stopped the course of . . . Map (db m3374) HM
46Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Norfolkest. 1794
(Side 1) The Fort Norfolk District, in Norfolk's former Atlantic City neighborhood, is one of six downtown districts established by the City of Norfolk in 2013. Historic Fort Norfolk anchors the waterfront in this mixed-use district. . . . Map (db m200211) HM
47Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Norfolkest. 1794
(Side 1) Fort Norfolk First Series Fort 1794 On 28 March 1794, President George Washington approved funding for the fortication of 19 coastal harbors in the United States, stretching from Portland, Maine to Savannah, Georgia. . . . Map (db m200212) HM
48Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Norfolk Veterans of the War of 1812 Memorial
In honor of the 750 Virginians who were stationed at Fort Norfolk during the War of 1812 and all Virginians who fought in that war defending their country against the invading British Presented by The Society of the War of . . . Map (db m200347) WM
49Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Norfolk, 1810
Following Lord Dunmore's bombardment of Norfolk in January 1776, The Virginia Legislature ordered the construction of a fort on this site and another at Fort Nelson across the river, to protect the area of Norfolk Town. The forts were not . . . Map (db m200106) HM
50Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Norfolk, 1810
Following Lord Dunmore's bombardment of Norfolk in January 1776, the Virginia legislature ordered the construction of a fort on this site, and another at Fort Nelson across the river, to protect the area of Norfolk Town. The forts were not . . . Map (db m200349) HM
51Virginia, Norfolk — Fort Tar
This is the site of Fort Tar, built to guard the approach to the city from the west, sit­u­ated on the out­skirts of Norfolk, near Armistead’s Bridge, which spanned Glebe Creek nearby. It served with Forts Barbour, Norfolk, and Nelson to pro­tect . . . Map (db m21186) HM
52Virginia, Norfolk — 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
53Virginia, Norfolk — 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 emancipate and set free, his or her slaves.” Drake was . . . Map (db m129584) HM
54Virginia, Norfolk — 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
55Virginia, Norfolk — 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
56Virginia, Norfolk — 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
57Virginia, Norfolk — Half Moone Fort, 1673
Hostilities between the British and the Dutch continued for a number of years after the British took New Amsterdam in 1664 and established the colony of New York. The effects were felt in Hampton Roads where Dutch ships destroyed a fleet of tobacco . . . Map (db m21212) HM
58Virginia, Norfolk — Historical Points of Interest
The Hampton Roads area has seen its share of history - much of it played out in the waters before you. In 1775, Lord Dunmore, Virginia's last Royal Governor, was driven from Williamsburg by American colonists and established a temporary base across . . . Map (db m199895) HM
59Virginia, Norfolk — KN-1 — Hospital of St. Vincent dePaul
Founded in 1855, the Hospital of St. Vincent dePaul was Norfolk’s first civilian hospital. Located two blocks south at the corner of Church and Wood strees, the hospital was opened in the home of Ann Plume Behan Herron by eight Daughters of Charity . . . Map (db m3324) HM
60Virginia, Norfolk — How do Planes Fly?
What four forces act upon an airplane? Air flowing over the curved wings of an airplane creates a force called lift. As an airplane moves through the air, a force called drag tries to slow the plane down. The force that pulls . . . Map (db m107181) HM
61Virginia, Norfolk — Humbert R. VersaceCaptain, U.S. Army — Norfolk Trail of Honor —
CPT Versace graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School and then attended West Point, graduating in 1959. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action while a prisoner of war from October 1963 to September 1965. CPT Versace assumed . . . Map (db m191479) HM
62Virginia, Norfolk — Jacklyn “Jack” H. LucasPrivate First Class, U.S. Marine Corps — Norfolk Trail of Honor —
Born in North Carolina and although only 14 years of age, having a muscular build, Lucas enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in Norfolk without his mother’s consent. He gave his age as 17 and went to recruit training. On Iwo Jima, February 20, . . . Map (db m191478) HM
63Virginia, Norfolk — James W. Hunter House, 1894
James Wilson Hunter (1850-1931) was a prominent Norfolk merchant, banker and civic leader. In 1894 he commissioned Boston architect W.P. Wentworth to design and build this impressive town home for his family on West Freemason Street. The design . . . Map (db m48252) HM
64Virginia, Norfolk — KV5 — Landing of Wool and Surrender of Norfolk
Near here Major-General John E. Wool, on May 10, 1862, Landed with 6000 Union troops. President Lincoln, Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury, and Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, watched the movement from a ship in Hampton Roads. As the . . . Map (db m2629) HM
65Virginia, Norfolk — Littleton Waller Tazewell
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66Virginia, Norfolk — 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
67Virginia, Norfolk — 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
68Virginia, Norfolk — Marine Observation Tower
The Marine Observation Tower, also known as the Pagoda, was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Norfolk from the Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China, as a result of a Sister State relationship established in 1981. . . . Map (db m35156) HM
69Virginia, Norfolk — 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
70Virginia, Norfolk — 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
71Virginia, Norfolk — Naval Air Station Norfolk
Naval Air Station Norfolk was commissioned August 8, 1918 and is the birthplace of naval aviation. NAS Norfolk initially provided support for operational and experimental flights but quickly grew into a major sea plane base. World War II . . . Map (db m70898) HM WM
72Virginia, Norfolk — KV-2 — Naval Aviation Depot, Norfolk
The depot began in 1917 as part of the Naval Air Detachment of six canvas hangers servicing seven seaplanes. Before the depot closed in 1996, its name changed over time from Construction and Repair (1918), Assembly and Repair (1922), Overhaul and . . . Map (db m132564) HM
73Virginia, Norfolk — Naval Special Warfare
Dedicated to locally based Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel to include SEALs (Sea, Air and Land), SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Craft) and support personnel assigned NSW commands, who have given their lives to our country. As members of . . . Map (db m191535) WM
74Virginia, Norfolk — Navy Escort Carriers Based in Norfolk
Navy Escort Carriers based in Norfolk helped win the Battle of the Atlantic. They were the smallest, slowest, and most vulnerable of the Navy's aircraft carriers, but as noted World War II historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote, "These escort carrier . . . Map (db m21213) HM
75Virginia, Norfolk — KV-16 — Navy Mess Attendant School
From 1933 to 1942, Navy recruits of African descent attended this school, located in barracks at Unit “K-West” and later at “B-East.” Advancement opportunities for these sailors and counterparts of Asian-Pacific Island . . . Map (db m70260) HM
76Virginia, Norfolk — K273 — New Town
New Town once stood to the south along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River. The community was laid out in 1697 and General Assembly established it as a town in 1740. New Town served as county seat of Princess Anne County from about 1752 to . . . Map (db m3326) HM
77Virginia, Norfolk — NOAA Charts It’s Beginnings to 1807Established to map seafloors & create nautical charts
NOAA’s roots date from 1807, when the Nations first scientific agency was established by President Thomas Jefferson to chart the coasts. The United States Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS), although virtually unknown outside of the government, is one . . . Map (db m199892) HM
78Virginia, Norfolk — Norfolk 1682
Town Point is where Norfolk began. In 1680 the General Assembly of his Majesty's Colony of Virginia enacted a law requiring each county to establish and develop a town site. In lower Norfolk County fifty acres of land at the entrance of the Eastern . . . Map (db m70920) HM
79Virginia, Norfolk — KN-2 — Norfolk Botanical Gardens
These gardens were conceived by City Manager Thomas Thompson during the Great Depression. His idea was executed by city gardener Frederic Heutte; noted landscape architect Charles F. Gillette served as a consultant. In 1938 about 200 black women . . . Map (db m34949) HM
80Virginia, Norfolk — 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
81Virginia, Norfolk — Norfolk International Airport
How busy is Norfolk International Airport? Norfolk International Airport has grown from a small municipal airport in the 1940's to a major international airport. The present passenger terminal carrier completed in 1974 and the airport began . . . Map (db m107182) HM
82Virginia, Norfolk — KN-4 — Norfolk Light Artillery Blues
Here from 1914 to 1961 stood the third armory of the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues (Battery B, 111th Field Artillery, Virginia National Guard) formed in 1829, as well as the Headquarters Battery, Regimental Band, and the 104th Medical Corps . . . Map (db m73932) HM
83Virginia, Norfolk — Norfolk Trail of Honor
This Trail of Honor is dedicated to those military personnel with a direct connection to the City of Norfolk who earned the Medal of Honor while in service to their country. The Medal of Honor is the highest military award presented for acts of . . . Map (db m192110) WM
84Virginia, Norfolk — Northern Limit of Old Norfolk
This marks the Northern limit of the fifty acres constituting the original town of Norfolk. It was bounded on the North by Town Back Creek and Dun-In-The-Mire Creek. The land was purchased as a port for lower Norfolk county for “tenn thousand . . . Map (db m3367) HM
85Virginia, Norfolk — Observation Tower
This observation tower is here in commemoration of the 1983 visit to this site by Dr. Lee Teg-Hui, the President of the Republic of China, then as Governor of Taiwan Province. As the Sister States, the State of Virginia and Taiwan shall . . . Map (db m191623) HM
86Virginia, Norfolk — Old Academic Building Site
On this site September 21, 1930, the first classes for 206 students were held at the Norfolk division of the College of William and Mary, now Old Dominion University. That year the Norfolk School Board gave the building, constructed in 1912 as the . . . Map (db m80409) HM
87Virginia, Norfolk — 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
88Virginia, Norfolk — Old Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk had several libraries for public use during the nineteenth century, among them that of the Norfolk Library Association, organized in 1870. Though designated "public," membership was not free. The fee to use the reading rooms and to check out . . . Map (db m35159) HM
89Virginia, Norfolk — KV-7 — Operation Torch, 1942
The first major amphibious action of World War II was planned near here in the Nansemond Hotel, HDQ. of Amphibious Force U.S. Atlantic fleet. An Army-Navy staff under Adm. H.K. Hewitt met with Gen. G.S. Patton to plan the movement of Task Force . . . Map (db m21195) HM
90Virginia, Norfolk — 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
91Virginia, Norfolk — WY-20 — Plummer Bernard Young Sr. (1884-1962)
North Carolina native Plummer Bernard (P.B.) Young moved to Norfolk in 1907 to work at the Lodge Journal and Guide, the newspaper of an African American fraternal organization. He bought the paper in 1910, expanded its scope, and renamed it . . . Map (db m113245) HM
92Virginia, Norfolk — Quarantine Road
This is a portion of the road to the first quarantine house in Virginia. Established under the Acts of Assembly of 1783, which required vessels coming from foreign ports to perform quarantine if there were reason be believe the ship was a carrier of . . . Map (db m165984) HM
93Virginia, Norfolk — KV-34 — Sgt. William H. Carney(1840 - 1908)
William Carney, born into slavery in Norfolk, gained his freedom and settled in New Bedford, MA, ca. 1858. He enlisted in the 54th Massachusetts Vol. Infantry Regt. In Feb. 1863, shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation authorized African . . . Map (db m191541) HM
94Virginia, Norfolk — St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church
St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Historic Landmarks Board Act 1966. This property has been entered in the national Register of . . . Map (db m3329) HM
95Virginia, Norfolk — 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
96Virginia, Norfolk — 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
97Virginia, Norfolk — Surveying the Land & SeaFrom Sea to Shining Sea
President Thomas Jefferson founded the Survey of the Coast in 1807. This federal agency was charged with supporting maritime commerce by providing accurate surveys and nautical charts of our coastal waters. It was dangerous and sometimes deadly . . . Map (db m84325) HM
98Virginia, Norfolk — 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
99Virginia, Norfolk — The “Apprentice”
The “Apprentice” is an exact replica of the launch used to transport Virginia Harbor Pilots to commercial ships to ensure safe navigation of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The Apprentice was launched from the deck of the 122' . . . Map (db m191493) HM
100Virginia, Norfolk — The Bombardment of Norfolk, 1776 — Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail —
The bombardment and burning of Norfolk helped fuel the American Revolution. In retaliation for Norfolk’s refusal to supply provisions for his ships, the British Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, ordered his fleet to fire on the town in the afternoon of . . . Map (db m191491) HM

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Jun. 28, 2022