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Walk through history and see Olde Towne’s origins and it’s continued evolution.
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Portsmouth and Norfolk had been connected only by ferry since early Colonial Days. The drawbridge, originally called the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bridge, was seen by many as one of the most important development in the region since it created a transportation link from Richmond to the ocean and an alternative to the ferries. In 1928, it cost $1.25 million to construct. The bridge was operated privately until 1977 when ownership was transferred to the City of Chesapeake.