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Virginia Militia re-enactors photo by John Forrest

Fort Norfolk Living History

On June 22, 1813 737 men on Craney Island defeated a British force of almost 2,500 that attacked by land, and about 45 or 50 boats full of men attacked from the James River. General Robert Taylor monitored the battle from Fort Norfolk. General Taylor commanded the defense of Norfolk and Portsmouth. This American victory had a major impact on the War of 1812 and saved Norfolk and Portsmouth. Join us in celebrating the 200th anniversary of this historic event.


The fort will be open:
June 22 from 9 AM to 5 PM
June 23 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Re-actors will bring Fort Norfolk to life. Come see the fort. Learn the history of the fort and the War of 1812. See live musket demonstrations and more. See a full schedule of the days event.

Get Involved

The Norfolk Historical Society is seeking groups who would like become a partner to help commemorate the victory at the Battle of Craney Island.


Robert Taylor from the Field book of the War of 1812

General Robert Taylor

General Taylor had his headquarters at Fort Norfolk during the Battle of Craney Island. This picture first appeared in Lossings Field Book of the War of 1812 published in 1869.