"The U.S. Navy's First Hospital"
— Fort Nelson Park —In 1826, Philadelphia architect John Haviland submitted construction plans for this hospital. This building, which houses offices is now known as Building 1, was made of granite and freestone. Its style is classical Greek Revival architecture, which was popular for public buildings at that time. Construction began on April 2, 1827. Workers removed more than 500,000 bricks from old Fort Nelson and re-used them in the foundation and inner walls. In July 1830, Surgeon Thomas Williamson, who was stationed at the shipyard, was ordered to make the hospital ready to receive patients. Dr. Williamson became Medical Director of the nation's first naval hospital. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Placed By||Path of History, Portsmouth, Va|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 383644 N 4078071|
|Decimal Degrees||36.84138333, -76.30498333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 50.483', W 76° 18.299'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 50' 28.98" N, 76° 18' 17.94" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 700 Crawford Pkwy, Portsmouth VA 23704, US|
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