Norfolk, Mississippi

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Norfolk, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
Norfolk, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Norfolk, Mississippi
Norfolk, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°57′05″N 90°13′50″W / 34.95139°N 90.23056°W / 34.95139; -90.23056Coordinates: 34°57′05″N 90°13′50″W / 34.95139°N 90.23056°W / 34.95139; -90.23056
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Desoto
Elevation 210 ft (64 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 692114[1]

Norfolk is an unincorporated community located in Desoto County, Mississippi. Norfolk Landing (also called Helm's Landing), located a short distance west of Norfolk, was the community's port on the Mississippi River.[1]

History[edit]

Norfolk began as a steamboat landing on a plantation belonging to a man named Helms.[2] In 1854, Norfolk was a small village.[3]

Norfolk Landing was the first port south of the Mississippi-Tennessee border. In 1862, the newly formed Confederate States of America established a customs office there, and all passing vessels were required to stop and provide a list of cargo. Regarding this action, historian Marion Bragg wrote:

Men who had previously been neutral and disinterested in the issues which had aroused others in the North were suddenly enraged. Free navigation of the Mississippi was a natural birthright of every American, the westerners believed, and they would gladly fight to death for it. The idea of a "foreign power" dictating the terms upon which they could navigate "their river" was unthinkable.[2]:85

Norfolk had a post office from 1854 to 1913.[4]

Hernando DeSoto Park[edit]

Norfolk Landing has been converted into a 41 acres (17 ha) public park called "Hernando DeSoto Park", which features a hiking/walking trail, river overlook, picnic area, parking and boat launch. The park is the only place in DeSoto County with public access to the Mississippi River.[5]

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