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Best Local History & Culture in Norfolk

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Moses Myers House

This restored historic house was once home to Norfolk entrepreneur Moses Myers. One of the first brick houses built here after the Revolutionary War, the Moses Myers House today contains a nice collection of original furnishings, family portraits and other works by Thomas Sully. An ongoing restoration of this house continues by the Garden Club of Virginia.

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Hunter House Victorian Museum

This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.

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USS Wisconsin

Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.

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Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Norfolk has a long-standing military tradition, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum is dedicated to celebrating this rich history. Located inside the Nauticus Maritime Center, the museum also operates the USS Wisconsin exhibit. Featuring uniforms, documents, photos, and other artifacts, history buffs should not miss this treasury of local history.

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Fort Norfolk

Fort Norfolk is the last of the George Washington authorized harbor-front ports. Set on four acres next to the Elizabeth River, the fort had a significant role in the War of 1812. Sites to be seen include the dungeon, ramparts and barracks, most of which date back to 1810. Located in the historic Ghent area, Fort Norfolk is an interesting and educational outing.

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Ocean View Station Museum

Stemming from a streetcar station dating back to the 1880's, the Ocean View Station Museum houses exhibits on the history of Ocean View. Get a chance to browse through photographs, memorabilia, and stories showcasing the history of the city, its various neighborhoods and its past culture. In addition to the fascinating historical exhibits, the Ocean View Station Museum also plays hosts to special events, such as movie showings and book signings.

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