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Norfolk, Virginia

founded in 1682 


Harbor View

  • About 234,000 folks live in Norfolk!

  • Norfolk is the home of Norfolk Naval Base which is the largest naval base in the world.

  • During the Revolutionary War, an unexploded British cannonball became lodged in the wall of St. Paul's Church!  But don’t be scared!  It has since been replaced by a replica, a copy, due to safety concerns.


If you were here . . . .

We would have lots of fun together!  You first!  What would you like to do?  Great!  Just hanging out is cool!  I would like to go to the Virginia Opera at the Harrison Opera House.  Would you like to come with me?  We would have to be very quiet, however, or they may ask us to leave!  We could always sing our duet later!  Sometimes, though, the Opera has special events for the entire family.  Then, you don’t have to be so quiet!

If art is your “thing”, we should visit the Chrysler Museum.  You can learn a lot about art at an art museum!  We might also enjoy a trip to the botanical garden or the zoo  !


We could learn about the sea and much more at Nauticus, too.  And, since Norfolk is near the water, we could also have some fun at the beach!  At nearby Virginia Beach we could visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center


Does that sound like fun to you?


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Here is something else that you might find interesting about Norfolk!

Norfolk’s “logo”, its symbol, is a mermaid!  Do you know what a mermaid is?  Let’s find out!  Wordsmyth says that a mermaid is: an imaginary sea creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the lower body and tail of a fish.




You will see a lot of mermaid statues in Norfolk.
How many you can find?  Download the “Downtown Norfolk – Mermaid Spotting Map” when you visit Norfolk.  You also will see a lot of Norfolk this way!


Do you know what the manly version of a mermaid is called?
A.   Man-made
B.   Seaman
C.   Merman
D.  None of the above!

The answer is:  C.  The manly version of a mermaid is called a merman.


Do you like ice cream cones!

Do you think mermaids like ice cream cones?
In 1907 the Abraham Doumar family moved to Norfolk and began selling ice cream at Ocean View Park in Virginia Beach.  The owners of Doumar's Cones and BBQ in Norfolk, Virginia, claim that their uncle, Abe Doumar, sold the first ice cream cones at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.  In 1905, they made the first ice cream cone machine which they still use in their Norfolk restaurant today!  How about that!


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Everyone wins when children learn more about the world around them!


 Thank You:
Britannica and Britannica Online for Kids are excellent resources for information.
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,

A special thank you goes to my daughters Alicia and Janella for their valuable input and to my husband Barthold, to Eveline, and to the Damen der Englisch-Gruppe in Marburg for their help with the German translations.


All photos on this site were taken by me on my travels unless otherwise indicated.


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