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133-5256 Somerton Historic District

Somerton Historic District
Photo credit: Sarah McPhail, 2007

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/18/2008

NRHP Listing Date 12/31/2008

NRHP Reference Number 08001272

Surrounded by agricultural fields and located in southern Suffolk, the Somerton Historic District was settled as a village by colonists in the 17th century and developed as a stop-over on the main route from historic Suffolk to North Carolina, with commercial activity catering to travelers. The earliest extant building in Somerton is the former Washington Smith Ordinary, where Lafayette was feted during a tour of the U.S. Historically known as “Sommer towne,” Somerton was part of Nansemond County until 1974, when the county was incorporated into the City of Suffolk. Somerton features a concentration of Federal, Folk Victorian, Greek Revival, and Vernacular architectural styles. The district’s main period of activity runs from the late-18th century through 1955, when the U.S. Route 13 bypass around Somerton was completed.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: August 18, 2021