In the 1930s, a red brick wall stood between the iconic Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk and several hundred feet of undeveloped shoreline. By the early 2000s, the wall marked the edge of the Lafayette River, which had whittled away the shoreline after several devastating storms and increasingly higher tides due to sea-level rise. […]
With its museum, studio, gardens, trails, public playground, and frontage on the Lafayette River, the Hermitage Foundation has provided an opportunity for thousands of families to connect with nature in one of Virginia’s most developed regions. That opportunity is now preserved for generations to come.