MacArthur Memorial

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.

Norfolk, founded in 1682, is surrounded by history. From colonial times to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II and beyond, the city has stories to tell.

Explore St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the only structure in Norfolk to survive the bombardment and fires of January 1776. A British cannonball still embedded in the wall of the church is a reminder. The Hampton Roads Naval Musuem, the USS Wisconsin Battleship, and the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial and Fort Norfolk are a few of the ways to see military history in Norfolk. Step back in time as you stroll through historical homes (Moses Myes House, Willoughby-Baylor House, home of the Norfolk History Museum). Next door to these homes, you can take in the history of one of the country's oldest police and fire departments at the Norfolk Police & Fire Rescue Museum.

Naval Station Norfolk was established as a result of the 1907 Jamestown World Exposition which was held on that property to commermorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in the Virginia Colony. Norfolk is just a stone's throw away from the "Historic Triangle" (Jamestown, Yorktown, and Colonial Williamsburg) which played an important role in our nation's history.

Norfolk's History