Taylor-Whittle House, 1791

Taylor-Whittle House, 1791 (HMWII)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 51.115', W 76° 17.532'

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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 Thomas McKnight after the Revolutionary War and sold to George Purdie in 1788. Purdie built the house in 1791 but apparently never lived here. Merchant John Cowper occupied the house when he became Mayor of Norfolk in 1801 and sold it to Richard Taylor (1771-1827), an importer and English immigrant, in December 1802. Taylor's descendents lived here until 1972, passing the home down from generation to generation through the female line. Prominent nineteenth century Naval officers who resided in the house included Taylor's son-in-law Captain Richard Lucien Page, who accompanied Commodore Perry on his historic voyage to open up trade with Japan in 1854, and Page's son-in-law William Conway Whittle, the executive officer and an navigator of the Confederate blockade runner CSS Shenandoah. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Placed ByCity of Norfolk
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384799 N 4079224
Decimal Degrees36.85191667, -76.29220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.115', W 76° 17.532'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 6.90" N, 76° 17' 31.92" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 227 W Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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