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Dedication of Captain John Smith Cross Marker/POSTPONED

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • City Park beside the pond behind old Ballentine Elementary School on Ballentine Blvd., near Harrell Ave.

Norfolk – The City of Norfolk and Chesapeake Conservancy will join historians Edward Wright Haile and Connie Lapallo to install and dedicate the latest granite marker in the Chesapeake Conservancy’s John Smith Chesapeake Cross Marker project.

The 17th century explorer’s journal includes details about crosses—either of brass or as a shape carved in tree bark—that marked the furthest extent of his explorations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With the help of volunteer historians Ed Haile and Connie Lapallo, the Chesapeake Conservancy has been working to pinpoint the locations of these crosses and to mark each spot with a square granite pillar for modern day adventurers to visit. This installation will be the 17th of the 24 cross marker sites.



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810 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


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

(757) 754-2004


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