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There’s another historical highway marker being added in Virginia Beach. Here’s where

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission will dedicate a state highway marker on Nov. 10 to commemorate the Skirmish at Kemp’s Landing.

The marker will be placed in Kempsville along South Witchduck Road near where the skirmish is believed to have taken place.

The dedication ceremony will be at the marker site just south of Singleton Way.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way.

Virginia Beach City Councilwoman Jessica Abbott will be speaking at the event and the public is invited to attend.

The text for the marker was researched and developed by local historian Christopher Pieczynski, who received a grant award from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission to research the event, develop the text and fund the marker, according to a news release from the city.

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the marker application at its March 2018 quarterly meeting.

The Skirmish at Kemp’s Landing marker will be the 16th state highway marker placed in Virginia Beach.

1781 French Map “Plan des environs de Williamsburg, York, Hampton, et Portsmouth” from the Library of Congress
1781 French Map “Plan des environs de Williamsburg, York, Hampton, et Portsmouth” from the Library of Congress.

Virginia’s historical marker program is the oldest such program in the nation.

Go to the Historic Preservation Commission‘s website for more information.

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