The Municipal Corporation of Cape Charles, VA

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This article is presented by the sexual assault attorneys in Cape Charles. We encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the history of the town of Cape Charles.

Cape Charles: A Short History

Cape Charles is a town in the county of Northampton, Virginia. The planned community was founded in 1884 after William Lawrence Scott – the then president of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company (NYP&N)– purchased around 2,509 acres of land in 1883 from the heirs of the former Virginia Governor Littleton Waller Tazewell. He then proceeded to set 136 acres of the land for the creation of the town of Cape Charles, or the Municipal Corporation of Cape Charles.

When the NYP&N began to build the railroad, they also added a harbor port in the town to handle steamships and freights going from Cape Charles to Norfolk. By 1912, it was estimated that the port handled 2,500,000 tons of freight annually. For many years, the town was also a terminal for the Little Creek-Cape Charles Ferry. Although it had stopped operations in 1963, the ferry had provided passengers and car ferry services to Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Brach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Hampton.

As of 2010, Cape Charles has a population of 1,009 people. The total area of the town is 4.4 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. Most of the area is bounded by the Chesapeake Bay.

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Cape Charles Historic District

The Cape Charles Historic District encompasses 526 buildings and three structures in the town of Cape Charles. Notable buildings of the national historic district are:

  • The Seafood Headquarters
  • McCrory's Store annex
  • A. L. Detwiler House
  • Jack Moore House
  • Kellogg House
  • Mitchell House
  • Mumford Bank
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Watson's Hardware
  • Mack Building
  • Municipal Building
  • Parsons Building
  • Palace Theatre
  • St. Charles Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Stephen's African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • The former Presbyterian church that is now the Cape Charles Memorial Library
  • First Presbyterian Church

On August 15, 1989, the district was designated on the VLR. On January 14, 1991, it was listed on the NRHP.

Stratton Manor

Stratton Manor is a historic plantation house near Cape Charles. Built in the late 1700s, the 1 1/2-story, single-pile, gable roof home is of the Vernacular architectural style. On September 16, 1980, it was designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR). On November 28 of the same year, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

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