Colonial years[ edit ] In the Governor of the Virginia Colony , Sir George Yeardley , incorporated four jurisdictions, termed citties, for the developed portion of the colony. These formed the basis for colonial representative government in the newly minted House of Burgesses. What would become Norfolk was put under the Elizabeth Cittie incorporation. In King Charles I reorganized the colony into a system of shires. After persuading people to settle in the colony, Adam Thoroughgood who had immigrated to Virginia in from King's Lynn , Norfolk , England was granted a large land holding, through the head rights system, along the Lynnhaven River in When the South Hampton Roads portion of the shire was separated, Thoroughgood suggested the name of his birthplace for the newly formed New Norfolk County.
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Early settlers[ edit ] German-speaking Pennsylvanians were among the first non-native settlers to arrive in the northern Shenandoah Valley and Strasburg area. The luscious greenery and fertile land were prime targets for immigrant farmers. On August 21, speculator Henry Willis was granted 2, acres 8. During the summer of , Willis sold his entire property to Jacob Funk. Jacob in return, partitioned his new purchase, reselling a part of it to his brother John. The thriving agricultural community that developed in the fertile bottomland along the banks of the Shenandoah River boasted scenic views of the Massanutten and Allegheny Mountains.