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Historic Ghent, Norfolk VA
Ocean View, Norfolk VA
Historic Portsmouth, VA
The Ghent Historic District is a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It encompasses 184 contributing buildings and one contributing site in a primarily residential section of Norfolk. The neighborhood includes notable examples of the Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Tudor Revival styles. Notable buildings include the Warren (c. 1925), the Holland (1904), the Mowbray (c. 1914), Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sarah Leigh Hospital (1902), Fergus Reid residence (1892), the Frank S. Royster residence (c. 1900-02), the William H. White residence (c. 1892), the Richard B. Tunstall residence (c. 1892), the Robert M. and Robert W. Hughes residence (c. 1895-1900), and the William Tait residence (c. 1895).
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The Chesapeake Bay calmly laps 7.5 miles of Norfolk's Ocean View beaches, making them ideal for sunning, swimming, and children's play. Commercial piers, featuring bait shops and tackle rentals, provide a wonderful location for fishing and crabbing. Ocean View Park offers visitors an attractive gazebo, picnic tables and a bathhouse.
Ocean View is a coastal region in the independent city of Norfolk, Virginia in the United States. It has several miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay to the north, starting with Willoughby Spit to the west and the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in the independent city of Virginia Beach on the east.
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Founded in 1752, Colonel William Crawford planned a town for the ages with a main thoroughfare fit for a King and named it High Street. Olde Towne boasts the largest collection of period homes between Charleston, South Carolina and Alexandria, Virginia. As one of America’s most historic naval seaports, Olde Towne includes both the oldest operating Naval Hospital and the first operational dry dock facility in the U.S. – the Gosport Shipyard. Portsmouth also holds the proud distinction of being an official U.S. Coast Guard City, designated in 2009.
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In 1890 Mr. Alex Skeeter sold his farm to Mr. Milton Mason of Ohio who, in partnership with a real estate syndicate there, developed Port Norfolk. To promote the new community a contest to name it was held and twelve lots were given away. Houses went up rapidly and with the street car connection from Portsmouth in 1893 the area became a popular resort location. The area was advertised as a boating, fishing and swimming destination. A hotel, two piers, a bathhouse, gas lamps, and wooden sidewalks enticed visitors to the resort area. It is estimated that 80 percent of the homes were built between 1895 and 1920.
The prevailing building style was vernacular Victorian with modified versions of Queen Anne, American Four Square, Colonial Revival, and Arts and Crafts styles. The Queen Anne is easily recognizable with its expansive wraparound porches, irregular roof lines, bays and turrets; the Four Square has a cubic shaped, hipped roof, dormers, a broad front porch, little use of ornament, and generally is built with wood and brick; and the Arts and Crafts style can be identified by the low roof with wide eaves. Porches or verandas are often decorated as carefully as indoor rooms and enjoyed as outdoor sitting areas.