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1802 Map

A detailed map of the Borough of Norfolk based on a plat by drawn by George Nicholson in 1802.

1801 Directory

A transcription of Simmons' 1801 directory that lists "the Names, Occupations, and Places of Abode of the Inhabitants Arranged in Alphabetical Order."

1801 Register

"A register of the Borough Corporation, and Common Council, Extracts from sundry Ordinances respecting the Police; Court days, Public Officers and Notaries; Companies, Lodges, etc."

Other Sources of Information

There are many other good sources of information that relate to the history of Norfolk and the surrounding area.

The Norfolk Historical Society recommends the following resources.

Militia Court Martial Records – 1814

This transcript of courts martial held at Fort Norfolk in 1814 is part of the Moses Myers Family Papers held by the Chrysler Museum of Art. In addition to the still-existent Fort Norfolk, two other installations are mentioned: Fort Barbour which was located at the intersection of “Church Street and the Princess Anne Road” and Fort Tar which was found where modern-day Monticello Avenue crosses Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Books (In Print)
You can find these at many local bookstores, or through Internet book sellers.
  • Norfolk: The First Four Centuries, by Thomas C. Parramore with Peter C. Stewart and Tommy L. Bogger
  • Norfolk, Virginia: The Sunrise City by the Sea, A Tribute to Photographer Carroll H. Walker, Sr., by Amy Waters Yarsinske
  • The Virginia Experiment: The Old Dominion's Role in the Making of America 1607 - 1781, by Alf J. Mapp Jr. (4th Edition published Spring 2006).
Books (Out of Print)

These books can be found in most area libraries -- and often in used book stores.

  • Norfolk: Historic Southern Port, by Thomas J. Wertenbaker with Marvin W. Schlegel
  • Carroll Walker's Norfolk: A Tricentennial Pictorial History,
Web Sites



For more information, please contact:

The Norfolk Historical Society
P.O. Box 6367
Norfolk, VA 23508-0367

or e-mail

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