NORFOLK, VA – What hidden and recent histories of this 400-year-old port city need to be uncovered? What stories are worth sharing? Those are questions the City of Norfolk’s Historic Preservation staff and the Architectural Review Board are asking residents to answer in a series of five surveyNFK virtual community meetings being held each Wednesday starting May 26 at 6 p.m.
While many historic areas such as St. Paul’s Church, the U.S.S. Wisconsin and the Attucks Theatre are well documented, there are even more out there. The city is beginning a multi-year investigation into the unknown histories of Norfolk and wants residents to provide their input.
Buildings or sites are considered historic if they are 50 years old or older and while many are listed in the city’s inventory, many more are missing. To fill the gaps, residents can complete surveyNFK’s online poll. During the series of virtual meetings, staff look to further the conversation with residents on what historic areas mean to them and what stories still need to be told. Residents will also be asked to provide feedback on the themes, threats and priorities of the draft Historic Resources Survey Plan.
Meeting information is available at www.norfolk.gov/surveynfk.