Norfolk 1682

Norfolk 1682 (HM1CF5)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.71', W 76° 17.592'

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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 Branch of the Elizabeth River were purchased from Nicholas Wise, thus assuring the town of good water access to the surrounding areas. County surveyor John Ferebee laid out Front Street (now Main Street) on high ground and the town was divided into half-acre sites for dwelling housed and warehouses.

The original town was almost completely surrounded by water, access by land was limited to a single road which later became Church Street (now Lower St. Paul's Boulevard). The town covered what is now the southern portion of downtown Norfolk, bounded generally by the river on the south and west, City Hall Avenue on the north and interstate 264 on the east.

The cannon displayed here were unearthed in 1982 from Otter Berth and Town Point Park. They are of Revolutionary War vintage and are of unknown foreign origin. The carriages were constructed of white oak to 18th century specifications by members of the Norfoks Rotary Club.
HM NumberHM1CF5
Year Placed1986
Placed ByNorfolk Rotary Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384700 N 4078476
Decimal Degrees36.84516667, -76.29320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.71', W 76° 17.592'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 42.60" N, 76° 17' 35.52" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40 Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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