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Norfolk is the second-largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Norfolk is one of nine cities which make-up Hampton Roads municipality. The Elizabeth River on the West and the Chesapeake Bay on the North encircle Norfolk. It is also bordered on the South by the city of Chesapeake and on the east by Virginia Beach. Norfolk is home to the world's biggest military coalition and home of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense headquarters. Norfolk offers a vast number of water front properties because of the extreme amount of water encircling the area. Norfolk affords a broad arrangement of Interstate Highways, Bridges and Tunnels to connect it with its neighbors. In the late 1600's Norfolk experienced a growth boom when the "Half Moone Fort" was built. In 1680, The House of Burgesses recognized the Towne of Lower Norfolk County, which was subdivided in 1691 becoming Norfolk County and Princess Anne County. In 1705, Norfolk became incorporated. Norfolk became a significant port for exporting merchandise to the British Isles and other destinations. In 1776, Lord Dunmore shelled the city with a fleet of three ships for an excess of eight hours, destroying about two thirds of the city. Partisans strategically destroyed any building that remained. The only walls that were still standing were those of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church where a cannonball remains inside the wall of the church. The city received another substantial financial setback when three hundred buildings were destroyed along the waterfront by a devastating fire. Things looked up for Norfolk as it expanded its holdings due to annexation. In 1906 Berkley was annexed with Norfolk followed by Sewell's Point, Willoughby spit and Campostella and the Ocean View area in 1923. The Navy base along with miles of coastline property facing Hampton roads and the Chesapeake Bay were included in the 1923 annexation. In 1959, Norfolk accomplished another small annexation with Virginia Beach resulting in its present borders. Because of its proximity to Chesapeake Bay, the many museums and tourist attractions there are unlimited things to do in the area making this a wonderful place to visit for a day or for a lifetime.
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Events in Norfolk
Million Bulb Walk 2017
at Norfolk Botanical Garden
Join Us for the Million Bulb Walk 2017!
Dickens' Christmas Towne
at Nauticus National Maritime Center
An enchanted Christmas Village with entertainment, family-friendly activities, daily snow, shopping, christmas treats, and more!
Black Friday Foam Party at The Wave
at The Wave
Join Us for Black Friday Foam Party at The Wave!
Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws
at Virginia Zoo
Join us for Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws at the Virginia Zoo! Along with getting to eat breakfast with Santa, guests will: *meet Zoo animal ambassadors *make a craft and receive a Zoo-themed coloring sheet *enjoy all-day Zoo admission, and; *take home a lasting me
at Ted Constant Convocation Center
Rock Out with Paramore!
at The NorVA
Ctrl The Tour SZA with speical guests Smino + Ravyn Lenae
Santas on the Run Norfolk
at BAR Norfolk
On December 9th, join downtown Norfolk for Santas on the Run. A community fun run from Baxter’s to Waterside District. RUNNER PACKAGE - $25 + Your very own Santa hat + Entry into Baxters and two South Pole drink tickets + Entry into PBR Norfolk and two North Pole drink
Kids Night Out!
at Virginia Zoo
Planning a night out and need to find a babysitter? Look no more! Let Virginia Zoo will handle childcare for you. Kids aged 4-12 will enjoy a fun-filled and educational time at the Zoo. During this evening, we will learn all about our amazing animals with an animal enco
NYE Live! at Waterside District
at BAR Norfolk
NYE Live! at Waterside District All‐inclusive food and beverage package from 8PM – Close, which includes all draft and bottled beers, premium cocktails, house wine from 9PM -- Close plus a Champagne toast at Midnight. In addition, a complimentary food buffet from 8 PM
Nov 22 at 19:00 · 22:00
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Nov 22 at 18:00 · 23:00
Nov 18 at 21:00 · Nov 19, 01:00