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War of 1812 State Marker Dedication

  • Saturday, June 20, 2015
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Plum Point Park, Norfolk. (Parking available at Fort Norfolk Plaza, 301 Riverview Ave.)


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Join us for the dedication of a War of 1812 Virginia state historical marker at Plum Point Park sponsored by the Norfolk Historical Society.

The narrative on the marker will read as follows:

War of 1812 Elizabeth River Defenses

President George Washington authorized the construction of 19 coastal defense fortifications in 1794. Nearby Fort Norfolk, which mounted 37 guns, and Fort Nelson, armed with 10 cannon, were constructed by 1810 to guard the Elizabeth River approaches to Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport Navy Yard.  Additional defensive works, Forts Barbour and Tar, were later added and a blockhouse was built on Craney Island. Because Craney Island successfully defended against the British on 22 June 1813, Forts Norfolk and Nelson never fired their guns during the war.  Of these fortifications, only Fort Norfolk survives.

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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