Committed to preserving the diverse history of the Norfolk, Virginia area.
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.
Location:Fort Norfolk810 Front StreetNorfolk, VA 23508
Norfolk Historical SocietyP.O. Box 6367Norfolk, Virginia 23508-0367