NORFOLK — In the late 1700s, the heart of Colonial Kempsville was what is now the intersection of Princess Anne, Kempsville and Witchduck roads.
Back then, Kempsville was referred to as Kempe’s Landing and was a thriving river port town bustling with trade along the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River. That expansive waterway — now a much smaller creek — was the site of a recent archaeological dig conducted by area archaeologists including Nick Luccketti.
A few weeks ago, Luccketti spent a week digging up three areas located within the Historic Kempsville District hoping to find artifacts hinting at the former Colonial river port’s early days. Read more.