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In 1999, the year after Norfolk adopted the mermaid as their city logo, a city-wide art project was developed to bring this symbol to life throughout the city. Local artisans created the mermaid statues scattered throughout the city, interpreting the mermaid mythology and life in Norfolk. Dozens of mermaid statues adorn the city's streets and buildings. See how many you can find!
This 83-foot tall granite statue is a wonderful memorial to one of the principle defenders of American civil liberties, Martin Luther King. The base of the monument is inscribed with his most significant quotes. It is one of the tallest monuments of its kind in the United States and it well worth a visit. Only street parking is available.
St. Paul's dates back to 1739, making it one of the oldest original colonial buildings, but the history of the parish goes back even farther than that. Today, visitors to the church can still see a cannonball that was lodged there in 1776.
This beautiful planetarium at the Norfolk State University is available for civic groups and educational organizations to enjoy the stars, free-of-charge. The planetarium also holds many public lectures and workshops and there is the possibility that participants might learn more about the state-of-the-art Rapid Response Robotic Telescope. E-mail for more details.
This beautiful basilica, constructed in 1858, is one of Norfolk's most beautiful and distinctive religious buildings. Honored as a minor basilica by Pope Jean-Paul II in 1991, the church has a proud tradition and is an active member of the local community. The church is worth seeing for the dramatic spire alone. Check the website for details of masses and communion.
Located in the historic Willoughby-Baylor House, which dates back to the late 18th Century, the Norfolk History Museum hosts interesting exhibitions about all aspects of Norfolk's history. From maritime history to the architectural history of the city, visitors are sure to walk away from this museum feeling educated. Another main feature of the museum is the garden, installed in 1991, which is a representation of what a colonial garden would have looked like.
The Willoughby-Baylor House is a stunning example of Georgian and Federal architecture; it is replete with authentic 18th century furnishings and a charming garden. It was built in 1794 and it has been beautifully restored. It also now contains a museum, the Norfolk History Museum, where visitors can browse through some of Norfolk's most significant relics and pieces from the Chrysler Museum of Art.
This tall monument, found in the West Point Cemetery, is one of the one African-American Civil War monuments in the South. After a long, fraught building process, the monument was finally completed in 1920, in honor of all the African-American soldiers that lost their lives. The soldier depicted at the monument's top is Sergeant William H. Carney, the son of two emancipated slaves. The monument bears an inscription in his honor - and all the other soldiers that died - at the base.
This extremely popular tourist walk takes visitors through some of Norfolk's most significant heritage sites. Visitors can experience over 400 years worth of history - sights include the 1673 Half Moone Fort and the stately St Paul's Church. It's a leisurely, fascinating way to see the best of Norfolk's rich history. Call for more details.
This park is for people who prefer to use the ocean for activities, rather than lie passively beside it. Whilst the beach is good for sunbathing and swimming, it's also perfect for fishing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and sea kayaking and canoeing. There are picnic shelters, plenty of concession stands for hot afternoon ice-creams and on-duty lifeguards. There are also several decent restaurants within walking distance. An area classic.
Ensconced in a quaint corner of Ghent, the Granby Street is a bustling avenue that is flanked by numerous restaurants and shopping outlets. Apart from being a food and shopping junction, the street has also turned into an entertainment zone thanks to the various bars and clubs that line the street. The Granby Street plays host to various local events and processions including the New Years' Eve celebrations that take place here. Several locals and tourists head to the Granby to attend these events.
Constructed in 1932, this eye-catching Art Deco edifice was originally built to serve as a post office as well as a courthouse. The facility's dual function continued until 1984, when the post office moved to a separate facility, and the structure was renamed Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse. The four-story structure is notable with architecture enthusiasts for being in the shape of a trapezoid.