Norfolk Chronicles Walking History Tour

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  • 2.5 hr

Stroll Norfolk’s modern pedestrian ways visiting the history that pollinated the city of today. This refined route takes us to structures, artifacts, and people that have defined Norfolk, Va. This walk and its points of interest have evolved over seven years of giving tours along Norfolk’s Riverfront. Segments of our route may be improvised according to our guest's personal interests.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Portsmouth

Gosport Shipyard was established across the river in 1767 by Andrew Sprowle to repair British vessels. We will see US Navy ships in the now Norfolk Naval Shipyard which has been in constant operation since its founding. Along with a detailed history of the shipyard guests will learn the history of the founding of the city of Portsmouth.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Armed Forces Memorial

This very moving memorial contains artistically portrayed correspondence from US servicemen and women dating from 1776 to 1991.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Pagoda & Oriental Garden

We walk through the gardens with an authentic Pagoda gifted to Norfolk from Taiwan. Guests will learn about the unusual origins of the foundation of the structure.

Duration: 10 minutes

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The Freemason District boasts dozens of historical homes. We will visit the Boswell House and the Cary/Mason House and hear short narratives on the history of each.

Duration: 15 minutes

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For 20 years, starting around 1890, there was a Victorian building boom here along the Hague. We will visit the home of Norfolk visionary Peter Write and hear a short narrative on his influence in our city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Chrysler Museum of Art

We will venture inside the museum to view the Norfolk Mace and hear how the citizens of Norfolk have protected this cherished implement of power for 250 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

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The atrium and lobby are the manifestations of our renaissance in Downtown Norfolk spanning four decades. See museum-quality works of art and hear brief descriptions of each.

Duration: 10 minutes

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View the Roman Temple Design of our US Customs House and hear of its symbolism and history.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (also known as Borough Church) was built in 1739, it is the sole colonial-era building to survive the various wars that Norfolk has witnessed. Your guide will give a detailed history of the church and we will see a British Cannonball still lodged in the wall from 1776.

Duration: 15 minutes

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The original 1907 Beaux-Arts style design is mostly intact. The columns and long central public space reflect a Roman forum. Hear how the citizens of Norolk saved this gem in 1973.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Moses Myers House

Myers was a Jewish/American patriot. We will visit the house, hear about his sacrifices during the American Revolution and his family legacy.

Duration: 10 minutes
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