Historic Sites and Attractions in Norfolk, VA

Settlers first came to Norfolk in the early 1600s, and have left their mark on history throughout this coastal city.  From Fort Norfolk, one of the last remaining forts authorized by President George Washington, to a walking tour that guides visitors through Norfolk's heritage, there is plenty for you to discover. 

The city of Norfolk is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world. The history of Greater Norfolk coincides with the birth of our nation, and throughout the region, evidence of this important past can be enjoyed today.

On New Years Day in 1776, two-thirds of the city was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. A cannonball from the siege may be viewed today in the wall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

World War II hero, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) and his wife are buried in Norfolk, at the monumental rotunda of The MacArthur Memorial

Important African-American heritage sites include the Attucks TheatreThe Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and West Point Memorial, dedicated to the contributions of African-Americans during the Civil and Spanish-American War.

Historical Blogs

While in Norfolk, be sure to set aside time to take a journey back in time and explore the region's rich history! 

Historical Brochures

The Civil War in Norfolk

In May of 1862, not long after the historic clash of the ironclads occurred just off...

Waterways to Freedom - A Self-Guided Tour

Waterways to Freedom honors Norfolk’s proud participation in the Underground...

Journey to Freedom: Cannonball Trail

Follow the Cannonball Trail through 400 years of Norfolk and American History. The...

Popular Historic Sites

Hunter House Victorian Museum

The Hunter House Victorian Museum was built in 1894 for the merchant and banker...

Cannonball Trail

A walk-it-yourself tour, through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. The...

Attucks Theatre

Distinguished as the oldest remaining legitimate theatre in the nation that was...

Fort Norfolk

The last remaining of 19 harbor-front forts authorized in 1794 by President George...

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Built in 1739, St. Paul's Church is Norfolk's oldest building, and the only...

West Point Monument at West Point Cemetery

Dedicated as a special place of burial for African-American Union Civil War and...

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