Welcome to Fairfield in the heart of the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, boasting historical street names, which few residents have probably researched. First, I would like to tell you a little bit about the pleasing community of Fairfield. Then, I would like to fill you in on some of those fascinating street names outlining the community.

The peaceful community of Fairfield is home to beautiful traditional, appealing transitional, and captivating contemporary homes. There is a perfect home in Fairfield to fit even the most finicky of tastes. The lush landscaping and meticulous care of the properties in Fairfield should surely be the envy of other communities in the Kempsville High School district of Virginia Beach.

Many of the attractive Fairfield homes host romantic fireplaces, spacious walk-in closets, convenient attached garages, cozy eat in kitchens, and neatly arranged utility rooms.

Fairfield is a family community. Every morning and evening, you are guaranteed to see pet owner’s walking their dogs, children on their skate boards and bicycles, and fit joggers trailing up and down the streets of Fairfield. Basketball nets aligned along many of the driveways, gives the hint of true family fun.

Shopping, dining, banking, and more are all almost within walking distance of Fairfield. -From fast food to club food to a formal meal, date night isn’t far from home unless you want it to be!

And now that you know about the current community of Fairfield, if you would like to view one of the “sharp” homes of Fairfield, please call Keffer Realty. Our services are always free to Buyers. We will look forward to your call.

As I mentioned previously, you may find it interesting to hear where the names of a few of the streets in Fairfield came from, for instance “Lord Dunmore”.

In early November, 1775, in opening months of the Revolutionary War, Lord Dunmore, royal Governor of Virginia, led a force from Norfolk to Great Bridge looking for a group of rebellious North Carolinians who had been reported in the area. Finding no one in the vicinity, but learning that the Princess Anne militia was assembled in Kemps Landing (Kempsville), he marched his band down to what is now Kempsville Road. in search of the militia.

The 170 or so inexperienced militiamen set up an ambush, but gave themselves away by firing too soon, and turned tail and fled at the first return volley from the 100 or so British regulars.

Marching in triumph into Kemps Landing, Dunmore was welcomed with acclaim by a great many of the people of Princess Anne County who swore loyalty to the King of England. Convinced that the citizens had not rallied to him before, out of fear of the rebel leaders, Lord Dunmore decided to deal a blow to the rebels and proclaimed a state of rebellion, calling all loyal subjects to rally to the King’s support to help suppress the revolt. A significant clause of his Proclamation read:

“And I do hereby ..declare all indentured Servants, Negroes, or others (appertaining to Rebels) free, that are able and willing to bear Arms, they joining his Majesty’s Troops.”

Like the more famous Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln was to proclaim almost 90 years later, this edict only freed the slaves of the enemy, leaving allies’ slaves in bondage. The proclamation had the desired effect of creating consternation and anger among the American patriots and for the duration of the war slaves crossed the lines for the freedom that Dunmore promised. To England’s credit, slaves who joined them were freed and though many were left behind during hasty retreats when there was insufficient transport, the British army and navy went to some lengths to keep the freed men free.

When George Washington allowed the defeated Lord Cornwallis to send one ship to New York with dispatches to his commander-in-chief after the Yorktown victory, the British crammed the sloop to near-foundering with loyalists, deserters from the American forces and freed slaves to keep them out of American hands and safe from patriot vengeance. American negotiators pressed hard during the peace talks for the return of the freed slaves but the British were adamant and refused to negotiate that issue.

Thus the first American Emancipation Proclamation was issued by an Englishman in Kempsville.

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