The Moses Myers House

This historical home on 323 East Freemason Street is part of the Chrysler Museum and another interesting place for visit. It was the home of a wealthy Jewish merchant and his family. Built in 1792 more than 70% of its contents are original to the home and family.

Moses Myers was a shipping merchant with quite a tale. During the Revolutionary War he and his partner smuggled weapons to America via St. Eustatius, a Dutch island in the Caribbean. He was caught by the British and served 2 years for his crime being released in 1784. After his release he met and married a wealthy widow and his fortunes changed.

With the help of the now Mrs. Myers monies he began a shipping business once again. The couple raised 12 children in their home, 9 boys and 3 girls. Taking the tour one will learn much of the family escapades and business ventures. On the upper level of the home is a timeline of the family along with reproduced letters discussing their business ventures.

Their great-grandson continued in the family business. Barton Myers was instrumental in developing and building the Norfolk shipyard. His governmental connections and positions put him in a key position to federal officials. He was instrumental in having the Naval Shipyard built in Norfolk.

All that said let’s visit their home.

Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Myers
The Music Room – all the children had to play a music instrument. Note harp and in the corner of the room the harpsichord.

Their Dining Room

The picture below is a breezeway in the home. Here students from the Chrysler Glass Museum have an exhibition of their works.

A portrait of Barton Myers who was a prominent government official, businessman, and developer of Norfolk.

And next door to the home is the Norfolk Police and Fire Rescue Museum, another free venue. Call for hours.