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AND

DESCRIPTIVE SKETCHES

OF

NORFOLK AND VICINITY,

INCLUDING

Portsmouth and the Adjacent Counties,

DURING A PERIOD OF

TWO HUNDRED YEARS.

ALSO,

SKETCHES OF WILLIAMSBURG, HAMPTON, SUFFOLK, SMITHFIELD,
AND OTHER PLACES,

WITH

DESCRIPTIONS OF SOME OF THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTS OF INTEREST

IN

EASTERN VIRGINIA.

BY

WILLIAM S. FORREST.

PHILADELPHIA:

LINDSAY AND BLAKISTON.

1853.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853.

BY WILLIAM S. FORREST,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

C. SHERMAN, PRINTER,

19 St. James Street.

PREFACE.

WHEN the author of the following historical observations determined to compile a DIRECTORY OF THE CITY OF Norfolk, he contemplated also, as a suitable appendage thereto, the publication of a brief description of its situation and facilities for trade and commerce, its advancement and prospects of future wealth and importance. On further reflection, however, it was deemed advisable to adopt a more extended plan, and attempt even a somewhat elaborate HISTORY of the place; commencing at an early period, and continuing the account down to the present time; embracing a description of the neighbouring towns and villages, the principal objects of attraction in the vicinity, &c., &c.

The work was accordingly commenced, with a determination to accomplish it with as little delay as possible; and it is scarcely necessary to mention, that the undertaking was attended with both labour and trouble, and required much time as well as considerable patience and perseverance.

It is proper to state, that the difficulty in collecting the various materials for the work was greatly augmented, and the time required to prepare them for the press was considerably prolonged, by other duties, which demanded much of the writer's time during its progress. It will be readily imagined that he would have found the task far more pleasant, could he have given

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