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Mutual's History With Notable 1799 Norfolk Fire

Norfolk was a bit of a tinder box in its early days. Mutual Assurance Society wasn't around to save the town from near-total destruction in 1775, but we were there for many homeowners four years later when another devastating fire hit. Here's a quick look at two devastating fires that nearly destroyed the burgeoning city of Norfolk.


The British are Coming, The British are Coming!

colonial drawing of residents fighting fire with buckets of water

In December of 1775, the royal governor of Virginia, John Murray, 4th earl of Dunmore, moved his government headquarters to Norfolk from Williamsburg, declaring martial law in the face of mounting unrest by the citizens.