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World War I and The Birth of NIT

Per an agreement with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, The Port of Virginia has created this page to mark and commemorate the role that Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) played as an Army Quartermaster base during World War I. While now used to move cargo throughout Virginia and markets beyond, NIT was once a critical point for movement of goods to troops serving overseas.

To learn more about the history of Norfolk International terminals, please click on the “+” images below.

The Buildup: Base Construction and Other Infrastructure Needs

Norfolk Quartermaster Terminal

The War Ends

The Spoils of War

Czecho-Slovak Connection

The City of Norfolk

References Cited

Historical Images