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The Town of Portsmouth established Cedar Grove Cemetery just outside town limits in 1832. A trove of 19th-century funerary art, the cemetery contains monuments and statues handcrafted in the Victorian, Greek Revival, and Egyptian Revival styles, m…
African Americans purchased land about a quarter mile southwest of here in 1879 to establish Mt. Olive Cemetery. The property adjoins a potter's field thought to be a burial place for victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1855. Later, Mt. Calvar…
I.C. Norcom (1856-1916) was an African American educator and administrator who served Portsmouth schools for more than 30 years. The first school to bear his name opened in 1920 three quarters of a mile southeast of here. Principal William E. Ridd…
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Dedicated to the honor and glory of all veterans of all wars who have nobly served their country and who by offering their last full measure of devotion, have purchased freedom for our beloved nation.
In honor of those from West Haven, who served in defense of their country and humanity and in cherished memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice during the Second World War.
To the memory of General Lafayette in grateful recognition of his valiant services and in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of his visit to our city.
This Romanesque Revival dwelling was constructed for Laura C. Armistead and her family in 1894 by her father Beverly A. Armistead, president of the Bank of Portsmouth. Identifying features of this architectural style are the round arches over thic…
Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861. On April 2, the Governor ordered the 3rd Virginia Regiment to occupy and fortify the Navy Hospital grounds. A battery of earthen works was hastily erected on the point and renamed Fort Nelson, aft…
After the Spanish defeat at the battle of Santiago, Cuba, in July 1898, the sick and injured needed treatment. The newly converted hospital ship USS Solace transported 55 sick U.S. Navy and 48 wounded Spanish sailors to the hospital. The Spanish p…
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