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Insights and Artifacts
Fall 2005

Help Needed for NHS Office Move

1791-era Taylor-Whittle House
NHS has just reached an agreement to occupy space on the second floor of the 1791-era Taylor-Whittle House. The house, located on West Freemason Street, is owned by the City of Norfolk and leased to the Junior League of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

For some years the Norfolk Historical Society has had its offices in the Berkley Building at Fort Norfolk. Under the tightened security rules developed in the aftermath of 9 /11, access to the fort has been limited by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers which owns the property. The efforts of NHS and the 2nd Virginia Regiment have kept Fort Norfolk’s grounds open for visitors on weekends during the summer, but the library and collection of the Society have been available for researchers only with difficulty.

The Junior League of Norfolk and Viginia Beach extended an invitation to NHS to occupy space in the historic Taylor–Whittle House on West Freemason Street. Constructed about 1791, the building is owned by the City of Norfolk and leased to the Junior League. NHS shares the League’s concerns about maintaining and displaying this wonderful example of Federal-period architecture. In 2002, we funded an assessment of the material condition of the residence. We were delighted when the Junior League offered us room on the second floor for meeting, research and office space and have reached formal agreement with the League.

The move to the Taylor-Whittle House does not end our multi-year involvement with Fort Norfolk. It just gives us the opportunity for a more visible and accessible presence in downtown Norfolk. Accomplishing the move will require help from Norfolk Historical Society members and supporters. If you or your firm has office furniture (especially book cases) or equipment to donate, please contact NHS Treasurer Mary Mosier at (757) 627-0577 in the evening.



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