Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday's Mural

Not far from my home, there is a little area known as Phoebus - a town incorporated in 1900 and named for a local businessman, Harrison Phoebus, who is credited with convincing the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway to extend the tracks to the town from Newport News, VA. The town became extinct in 1952 when it was consolidated with the city of Hampton.  Phoebus is considered an important historic district of Hampton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This mural graces the side of the Wanchese Fish Co., on Water Street.

Phoebus is an area rich in history, beginning with the landing of Capt. John Smith on a portion of the settlement in 1607.  Sadly. however, I can find no information on the artist for this mural.

I am linking this to Monday Murals.

17 comments:

VioletSky said...

I'm having trouble reading the Fisherman's Prayer - but, by the look of that choppy water in this mural, it is a plea for safe crossing.

onespoiledcat said...

That mural certainly dresses up the side of that old building in Phoebus!

Pam and Sam

Jan n Jer said...

Great mural!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent nautical mural Linda, we both had thoughts of the sea today, I would prefer to be aboard your boat than swimming with sharks in my ocean haha!

TexWisGirl said...

i love the murals you share.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great mural. To bad you couldn't find info on the artist.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

When I first saw this thumbnail on FB, I thought THAT looks familiar! We pass by this everytime we go to Ft Monroe for the hydroplane race in August. Beautiful mural!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Very cool mural Linda! And what an interesting name.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Isn't it amazing that the artist did not sign a big project like this. I'm glad someone had decided to capture some of the history of Phoebus. Capt. John Smith? Wow. Any murals to commemorate that event? Thanks, Linda, for contributing to Monday Mural.

La Principessa Errante said...

Looks like there has been some damage over the years, possibly the signature was lost. But it is a great mural, the Fisherman's prayer portion is really so beautifully executed, really great!

EG CameraGirl said...

The mural sure does dress up the side of that building. Too bad you cannot find any information about the artist.

RedPat said...

So suitable for a fish company. Love the prayer.

Jann Olson said...

I love this mural Linda. It's so fun visiting you because I never know what I'm going to find. No matter what it is I always enjoy it so much.
Hugs,
Jann

Francisca said...

Looks like this these two fishing boats have graced this brick wall for some time. What an apt mural for a fish company. Nice, Linda!

Amy Burzese said...

Love this mural. It's a great one. Thanks for sharing it!

MarieElizabeth said...

I really like when they put artwork on the sides like that, such a good use of space. In our area they have put up small "hidden" murals in alleys and such for people to seek and find.

Rita said...

I so enjoy reading the history of these old murals. This is a really nice one. Very colorful.

There is an area in Omaha (where my sister lives) that is the same way. One town incorporated into another and the old name used to mark a district. Better that then loosing the name altogether like so many places.