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Florence Graded School was named for Florence Bowser, a noted educator who was instrumental in having the school constructed. It was built in 1920 with state and local funds and a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Fund which had been created in 1922…
Built in 1738. In 1775 the Parish minister, Parson Agnew, was driven from the Church for preaching loyalty to the King. The building was repaired in 1854.
On 10 May 1779, during the Revolutionary War, a British expeditionary force commanded by Gen. Edward Matthews disembarked in Portsmouth to capture the major Tidewater Virginia towns. About 200 Nansemond County militia under Col. Willis Riddick imm…
On this stream, Bennett's Creek, stood the home of Richard Bennett. He was one of the Commissioners to "Reduce" Virginia after the victory of Parliament in the Civil War in England, 1651, and the first Governor under the Cromwellian domination 165…
Two miles south stood the Nansemond County training School, he first high school in the county for African American students. It was constructed in 1924 with $5,000 contributed by African American families, $11,500 in public money, and $1,500 from…
Federal forces occupied Suffolk on 12 May 1862 and built earthworks around the town; Brig. Gen. John J. Peck took command in October. Cavalry vedettes, or mounted pickets, were posted some distance outside the fortifications to warn of Confederate…
Across the road here ran the main line of Confederate works, built by Longstreet besieging Suffolk, April, 1863. He abandoned the siege and rejoined Lee at Fredericksburg.
The town was occupied by Union Troops from May, 1862, until the end of the Civil War. Confederate forces under Longstreet unsuccessfully besieged Suffolk, from April 11, to May 3, 1863, when they withdrew across the James on Lee's orders.
The monument before you was erected in 1889 by Col. Thomas W. Smith in honor of his Confederate "comrades." Smith had served as a 2nd Lt. in the local unit, "Marion Rangers," which was assigned as Co. A, 16th Virginia Infantry, Mahone's Brigade, d…
The restored Greek Revival house before you is Riddick's Folly. It was constructed in 1837 by Mills Riddick, a grandson of local Revolutionary War hero Willis Riddick. Mill's contemporaries soon ridiculed the house and labeled the building "Riddic…