​THE HISTORIC MARTIN MANSION


     The Martin Mansion, home to the Woman's Club of Norfolk since 1925, is located in beautiful historic Ghent

in Norfolk, Virginia. The Alvah Martin Mansion was built circa 1909.  It is a 10,000 sq. ft., 21 room,

Georgian revival and is available for a limited number of rentals per year. It is closed to events during

August.  The Woman's Club purchased the Mansion in 1925 from the Martin Family.  It originally

was sold in 1920 to the Virginia Club, a gentleman's organization now in downtown Norfolk.

Norfolk's Renaissance Man, Alvah Martin, the original owner of what is now

The Woman's Club of Norfolk, watched his stately mansion being built in 1909 from his family's

home next door.  Alvah was an attorney, bank president, and the county clerk for 33 years. 

He also served on President Taft's Executive Committee and used his influence with the President to

secure the Port of Norfolk as the port of entry for the state of Virginia.  Some of the vast properties

he purchased throughout the years included the Martin Building, now serving as the

Tidewater Community College Library, and the renowned Smith and Welton building, home of the

famous White Glove Tearoom.  Mr. Martin built an additional residence next to his residence

for his daughter, Faye, and her husband S.L. Slover, for whom the new Norfolk Library was named. 

The Slovers raised Faye's sister's son, Frank Batten, who later became the co-founder of

The Weather Channel and founded Landmark Media Enterprises, which owned the

Virginian-Pilot and the Ledger-Star newspapers.