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GHENT, A Historic Neighborhood in Norfolk

The Ghent District includes various Ghent neighborhoods: Ghent, West Ghent, East Ghent, and Ghent Square. The Ghent District was developed in 1890, with most construction occurring between 1892 and 1907. After a steep decline in the years following The Second World War, the area was the focus of a very concentrated and successful revitalization effort that continues to this day. As a result, the area is one of the most economically diverse in Norfolk with large turn-of-the century apartment buildings next to rows of cozy bungalows, and newly developed condominiums.
Ghent is home to Norfolk’s largest medical complex, containing Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Heart Hospital, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. With Downtown Norfolk and Old Dominion University being close by, you will find a mélange of people living the Ghent lifestyle.
Ghent is rich in history and a place you can experience the very best in cultural activities. Thanks to GhentEvents , there are activities for families planned year-round : Greening of Ghent in April celebrates “Going Green”, and “Heart of Ghent” brings in the fall season. Masquerade and Mask Making celebrate Halloween and Holidays in Ghent feature the annual tree lighting and holiday Open Houses.
Historic Ghent is a thriving, eclectic and pedestrian-friendly community, offering a diverse cultural, shopping and dining experience. Those who experience Ghent return again and again to discover what’s new and unique about its restaurants, boutiques, cultural arts venues and services. A few notable places are the Naro Cinema which screens foreign and independent films and Doumar’s Cones and BBQ, known for having the world’s first ice cream cone machine. Various cultural attractions including Norfolk’s major art museum, the recently renovated Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Virginia Opera’s home stage, the Harrison Opera House are all in the Ghent District. With its unique blend of restaurants, boutiques, cafes, stores, professional services and quiet residential neighborhoods, Norfolk’s historic Ghent is truly a diverse urban destination.

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