Lower Norfolk County
is a long-extinct county which was located in colonial Virginia from 1637 until 1691.New Norfolk County
was formed in 1636 from Elizabeth City Shire
, one of the eight original shires
) formed in 1634 in the colony of Virginia by direction of the King of England. New Norfolk County included all the area in South Hampton Roads
now incorporated in the five independent cities located there in modern times.
The following year, in 1637, it was divided into Upper Norfolk County
and Lower Norfolk County.
In 1691 Lower Norfolk County was in turn divided to form Norfolk County
and Princess Anne County
In 1963, after approval by referendum of the voters of the City of South Norfolk
and the rest of Norfolk County and the Virginia General Assembly
, they were combined and reorganized as a new city, ending the threat of additional annexations. The new name selected by the voters was Chesapeake, and so, the new city of Chesapeake, Virginia
Also in 1963, after approval by referendum of the voters of the City of Virginia Beach
and the rest of Princess Anne County and the Virginia General Assembly
, they were consolidated as an independent city, assuming the better-known name of Virginia Beach.