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An Early History and Overview of Norfolk, VA

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This article is brought to you by the sexual abuse lawyers in Norfolk. Our legal team encourages visitors and residents to learn more about the history of Norfolk and what makes it a great place to be in.

History of Norfolk

Norfolk is one of the oldest cities in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Incorporated in 1705, it is the historical, financial, urban and cultural center of the region. The independent city is bordered by the Elizabeth River to the west, the Chesapeake Bay to the north, and the independent cities of Chesapeake to the south and Virginia Beach to the east.

The city of Norfolk was part of the Elizabeth Cittie incorporation that was created by the Governor of the Virginia Colony, Sir George Yeardley, in 1619. In 1636, Adam Thoroughgood was granted a land holding along the Lynnhaven River after he persuaded 105 people to settle in the colony. When the South Hampton Roads portion of the area was separated, the New Norfolk County was formed based on Thoroughgood's name suggestion of his birthplace. The county was later divided into Upper Norfolk and the now incorporated City of Norfolk, Lower Norfolk. By 1775, Norfolk was an important port for transporting goods to and from the colony. In the early days of the American Revolution, it served as a strong base for Loyalist support. It could be argued that Norfolk was the most prosperous city in Virginia during that time period.

In the mid to late 1900s, new suburban developments prompted many white middle-class residents to move out of the city, which led to a decline in Norfolk's population. City leaders have begun to revive its urban core focusing on the waterfront and downtown area. Efforts to revitalize its downtown have increased the city's revenue and attracted acclaim from urban planning and economic development circles in the U.S.

Naval Station Norfolk

Norfolk houses the world's largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. Located in the northwest portion of the city, on Sewell's Point Peninsula, it is the headquarters of the United States Fleet Forces Command and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation. Occupying around four miles of waterfront space and 11 miles of pier and wharf space, the station consists of:

  • Over 62,000 active duty personnel
  • 75 ships
  • 134 aircrafts
  • 11 aircraft hangars
  • 14 piers

Arts and Culture

As the cultural heart of the Hampton Roads region, Norfolk is home to many museums, performing arts companies, festivals and parades.

The Chrysler Museum of Art, considered the finest in the state by The New York Times, was opened in 1933 in the Ghent district. It features 50 galleries, the Glass Studio, the 1792 Moses Myers House, the 1794 Willoughby-Baylor House, the extensive glass collection, the American neoclassical marble sculptures, a restaurant and catering facilities. Other museums in the area include the National Maritime Center, Nauticus, the MacArthur Memorial and the Hermitage Foundation Museum.

For those who prefer the musical arts, the Virginia Stage Company is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Founded in 1968, the company produces a full season of plays in the downtown Wells Theatre. Other performance groups in Norfolk are the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. These musical talents are often seen playing at venues such as the Norfolk Scope arena, Ted Constant Convocation Center, The Norva, Attucks Theatre and Waterside Festival Marketplace.

Parks and Recreation

Another location that is full of festivity, music and art is the Town Point Park. From early spring through late fall, the downtown park is the host of various annual events like:

  • Harborfest
  • The Parade of Sails
  • Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival
  • Norfolk's Fourth of July
  • The Norfolk Jazz Festival
  • The Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
  • Spring Wine Festival
  • St. Patrick's Day annual parade

On days when there are no events, visitors and residents of Norfolk can enjoy a visit to the multiple parks, three beaches in the Ocean View area, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and the Virginia Zoological Park. People can also take walking tours to locate the "Mermaids on Parade" in the city.

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