kids encyclopedia robot

Timeline of Norfolk, Virginia facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

Prior to 19th century

History of Virginia
  • By year
  • Pre-statehood
  • American Revolution
  • U.S. Civil War
  • Post-Civil War
  • Topics: Cities - Politics - Slavery
Flag of Virginia.svg Virginia portal
  • 1682 - Norfolk Town founded.
  • 1728 - Norfolk Academy chartered.
  • 1736 - Town of Norfolk attains borough status.
  • 1739 - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church built.
  • 1767 - Gosport Shipyard established near Norfolk.
  • 1776 - January 1: Burning of Norfolk. }
  • 1790 - Population: 2,959.
  • 1795 - Fort Norfolk built.
  • 1799 - Fire.

19th century

  • 1804 - Female Orphan Society founded.
  • 1819 - U.S. Customhouse built.
  • 1828 - Christ Church built.
  • 1840 - Population: 10,920.
  • 1845 - Norfolk attains city status.
  • 1848 - Norfolk Humane Association active.
  • 1850
    • Norfolk Courthouse built.
    • Freemason Street Baptist Church dedicated.
  • 1853 - "Negro free school" and Elmwood Cemetery established.
  • 1854 - Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery established.
  • 1855 - Yellow fever outbreak.
  • 1857 - U.S. Customhouse built on Main Street.
  • 1858
    • Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad laid out.
    • Basilica of Saint Mary built.
  • 1862 - May 10: Union forces in power.
  • 1865 - Colored Monitor Union Club formed.
  • 1870 - Norfolk Library Association founded.
  • 1873 - West Point Cemetery established.
  • 1875 - Masonic Temple built.
  • 1877 - Norfolk and Portsmouth Cotton Exchange incorporated.
  • 1880 – Population: 21,966.
  • 1887 - Brambleton becomes part of Norfolk.
  • 1888 - St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church built.
  • 1890
    • Atlantic City becomes part of Norfolk.
    • Population: 34,871.
  • 1894 - Norfolk Daily Pilot newspaper begins publication.
  • 1898 - Monticello Hotel in business.
  • 1900
    • Zoo opens.
    • U.S. Post Office and Courts Building constructed.
    • Population: 34,871.

20th century

  • 1901 - Norfolk Journal and Guide newspaper in publication.
  • 1902 - Park Place becomes part of Norfolk.
  • 1904 - Freemason Street Library opens.
  • 1906 - Berkley becomes part of Norfolk.
  • 1907
    • Jamestown Exposition held.
    • Confederate monument erected.
    • Monticello Arcade built.
  • 1910
    • Christ and St. Luke's Church built.
    • Population: 67,452.
  • 1911 - Huntersville and Lambert's Point become part of Norfolk.
  • 1912 - Norfolk Terminal Station built.
  • 1917 - U.S. Naval Operating Base and NAACP branch established.
  • 1918 - Southern Bagging Company building constructed.
  • 1919
    • City-manager form of government adopted.
    • Attucks Theatre opens.
  • 1920 – Population: 115,777.
  • 1921 - Virginia Beach Boulevard opens.
  • 1922 - U.S. Marine Hospital built.
  • 1923 - Algonquin Park, Cottage Park, Edgewater, Kenilworth, Lafayette Annex, Lakewood, Larchmont, Lenox, Morning Side, Norfolk Naval Base, Ocean View (part), and Willoughby become part of city.
  • 1930
  • 1932 - U.S. Post Office and Courthouse built.
  • 1933 - Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences opens.
  • 1938 - Norfolk Municipal Airport and Norfolk Azalia Garden open.
  • 1940 - Norfolk Housing Authority created.
  • 1941 - Merrimack Park dedicated.
  • 1948 - Wilders Drive-In cinema in business.
  • 1952
    • NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic headquartered in Norfolk.
    • Norfolk–Portsmouth Bridge–Tunnel opens.
    • WRAP-AM radio begins broadcasting.
  • 1954 - Azalea Festival begins.
  • 1955 - Tanners Creek becomes part of city.
  • 1958 - Sister city program established with Moji, Japan.
  • 1959
    • Azalea Gardens, East Ocean View, Janaf, Little Creek, and Military Highway become part of city.
    • February: School desegregation begins.
  • 1962 - Midtown Tunnel begins operating.
  • 1965 - City Hall built.
  • 1966 - Virginia Wesleyan College opens.
  • 1967
    • Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway begins operating.
    • Virginia National Bank built.
  • 1969
    • Norfolk State College active.
    • Econo-Travel motel in business.
  • 1971 - Norfolk Scope conventional hall opens.
  • 1974 - Virginia Opera formed.
  • 1983 - Waterside shopping centre in business.
  • 1987 - Dominion Tower built.
  • 1989 - Norfolk Southern Tower built.
  • 1990 - Population: 261,229.
  • 1993
    • Harbor Park stadium opens.
    • Bobby Scott becomes U.S. representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district.
  • 1994 - Paul D. Fraim becomes mayor.
  • 1996 - City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
  • 1998 - Armed Forces Memorial dedicated.
  • 2000 - Cinemark 18 (cinema) in business.

21st century

  • 2002 - 150 West Main Street built.
  • 2003 - NATO Allied Command Transformation headquartered in Norfolk.
  • 2010 - Population: 242,803.
kids search engine
Timeline of Norfolk, Virginia Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.