A respectable turnout of Portsmouth residents, members of the press, City of Portsmouth
|A map of Portsmouth, Virginia, 1851 showing |
the original names of the town squares.
The Portsmouth Heritage Initiative project titled "Portsmouth Square(d)" was introduced by Aaron Kelley who discussed the history of the original town plan designed by Colonel William Crawford in 1752 and the significance of the size and scope of the square installations planned for installation over the next year and how it compares in importance to similar port cities like Savannah, Georgia that was laid out in squares in the 1730's similar to Portsmouth, Virginia. Aaron expressed the importance of preserving our history and presenting it through creative incentives as a way to demonstrate it to others.
|Planned installations of the historic squares. High Street squares are shown in yellow, historic Olde Towne district in green and new towne in orange.|
Other remarks were made by Portsmouth's mayor Kenny Wright followed by The Olde Towne Business Association's President, Tony Goodwin. The mayor also expressed his thoughts
|Major Kenny Wright and Portsmouth Heritage|
Initiative Director Aaron Kelley prepare to
install the first square marker.
The Portsmouth Heritage Initiative was formed to illuminate and enhance the rich history of the City of Portsmouth through education, marketing, and tourism promotion. We believe that our history is one of the city’s greatest competitive advantages. This was the second heritage initiative with the first being the dramatic silhouette wall mural painting along the historic Cedar Grove Cemetery wall on Effingham Street depicting the battle of Craney Island that took place here in Portsmouth during the War of 1812.
|The inaugural stone square marker installed at Golden Square |
in front of Towne Bank.
For more information about Portsmouth's historic squares, go to my blog http://oldetowneportsmouth.blogspot.com/2016/05/portsmouth-squared-inaugural.html