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Welcome To The Norfolk Historical Society

Committed to preserving the diverse history of the Norfolk, Virginia area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my Norfolk Historical Society (NHS) membership/donation tax deductible?
The NHS is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Your membership/donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

What are membership fees and donations used for?
NHS income is used to help support our monthly programming series, local initiatives (such as the St. Paul's archeological dig, the Slover Memorial Library, and the Chrysler Museum's capital campaign), and the preservation of Fort Norfolk.  The NHS also offers scholarships.

When and where does the NHS meet?
The NHS holds an annual general membership meeting as well as a Second Wednesday monthly program series at 7PM at the
MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center theater.

Does the NHS offer programs for schools/community groups?
The Norfolk Historical Society does not currently offer programs.

Do I have to live in Norfolk to join the NHS?
No!  We welcome anyone interested in Norfolk, Virginia history regardless of their current place of residence.

Do you have to be a member of the NHS to attend programs?
Our annual meeting is open to members only, however, unless otherwise noted, our programs are open to the public.

How can I keep up to date with events/speakers/NHS news?
We invite you to join our e-mail mailing list by filling out the form below.

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Who do I contact to rent out space in Fort Norfolk/the Taylor-Whittle House?
Unfortunately, neither building is available for rent at this time.

How can I find out more about my Norfolk, Virginia ancestors?
We encourage you to pursue your genealogical questions with the
Sargeant Memorial Collection which has an extensive collection relating to the families of the area.  You may also wish to look into the information offered by Norfolk's cemeteries.  Information on each can be found on the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation.

How can I find out about the background of the house or property I'm living in/thinking of purchasing?
The Sargeant Memorial Collection affords the best opportunity to find information related to the history of a Norfolk property.

I need information about getting my home registered as a historic property/finding the guidelines for restoring or renovating a historic property/report a historic property that is being threatened by development.
The Norfolk Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board can offer information on the guidelines for homes within historic districts and make note of threatened historic properties.  For information on registering a historic property, we suggest you visit the Virginia Department of Historic Resources page.

Who do I contact to report damage to or find information about one of the roadside historical markers in Norfolk?
Cannonball Trail markers are administered by the Norfolk Planning Department.  State markers are administered by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Can you help me research/get an appraisal for/find a conservator for an item I have in my collection?
Unfortunately, the NHS is unable to recommend a conservator.

I have an item that I'd like to donate or sell.  Who can help me with that?
The NHS does not house artifacts.  If you have an article of interest to Norfolk history, we suggest that you approach one of the local libraries or museums depending upon the nature of the item.

What is the Cannonball Trail?
The Cannonball Trail is a self-guided walking tour that winds through Downtown Norfolk with points at various historical locations. 

We welcome you to contact us!  The Norfolk Historical Society maintains space at Historic Fort Norfolk (c. 1810).  We are also available via mail, e-mail, and social media.


Fort Norfolk
810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


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

(757) 754-2004


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