A Brief history of the first century of the City of Norfolk. Check out the map I created of the City of Norofolk, Virginia (inspired by Lenn Harley's maps)
Before Norfolk was Norfolk it was called Skicoak and The Chesipean indians ruled the area. By the time the English came they had been wiped out by Chief Powatan on the basis of a dream by one of his advisors. The Chesipean Indians had been a peaceful people.
In 1607 three English ships landed at Cape Henry (today's Fort Story,) and then continued their trip up the river where they finally established the first English settlement in North America called Jamestown. I love Jamestown so much that I will write a whole blog about it. A must visit with owt of town visitors.
But lets continue with our brief history of Norfolk Virginia
By 1622 - 200 acres of land in Today's city of Norfolk was owned by Lewis Vandermill, who almost immediately sold it to a Nicholas Wise a senior shipwright. In 1624 Kin James granted what is today's Ocean View to Thomas Willoughby, and that same year Ferry service began across the Elizabeth river on to Portsmouth. One of my favorites must do when we have company from out of town is to go on a Ferry ride. It leaves each port every 15 minutes during the summer and every 30 the rest of the year. The fair is $1.50 for adults and children and $0.75 for Senior and Persons with Disabilities. Have lunch at one of the magnificent Norfolk or Portmouth restaurants with "Cafe Europa" being my favorite restaurant in all of Hampton Roads.
In 1640 the Elizabeth River Parish is completed in todays Norfolk Naval station. In 1680, Norfolk Town was established on the area now surrounded by City Hall Avenue on the north, the Elizabeth River on the south and west and the Norfolk and Western Railroad tracks on the east. The land had been purchased from the son of Nicholas Wise. The price paid for the land was 10,000 pounds of tobacco.
In 1698 the first church was built in Church St present day St Paul's.
And so it goes the first century of our beloved City of Norfolk. For a history of the City of Chesapeake visit my previous blog on the matter.
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A Brief history of the first century of the City of Norfolk. Check out the map I created of the City of Norofolk, Virginia (inspired by Lenn Harley's maps) was first published on Hampton Roads Real Estate Voice Copyright © 2009 By Tere Rottink, All Rights Reserved.*A Brief history of the first century of the City of Norfolk. Check out the map I created of the City of Norofolk, Virginia (inspired by Lenn Harley's maps)