Freemason District

The city’s oldest standing neighborhood, located along the Elizabeth River features beautiful tree-lined cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and historic homes presenting three centuries of architectural styles, including examples of Federal, Greek Revival and Late Victorian. Although the Freemason District may transport you to the past, it is conveniently located within a short walking distance of Norfolk’s central downtown area.

Quick Tips:

FOUNDED: 1700's

VIBE: Historic, charming, picturesque 

KNOWN FOR: Historic homes, cobblestone streets

Must See and Do

Hunter House Victorian Museum

Cannonball Trail

Elizabeth River Trail


Go back in time at the Hunter House Victorian Museum, explore 400 years of Norfolk and American history along the self-guided Cannonball Trail, honor the first African-American to earn the Medal of Honor at the Norfolk Trail of Honor and find your Zen at the Pagoda and Oriental Garden along Freemason Harbor as sailboats drift by.

Best Ways to Get Around

Rental Bikes

Rent bikes from Pedego's Downtown location or look for Lime scooters and bikes.


Freemason is an extremely walkable district, as it is only a few small blocks.