The Woman’s Club of Norfolk at 524 Fairfax Ave, Norfolk, VIrginia 23507 


We would like to thank the following local businesses for their time and donation to support our April 27th 10-5pm Historic Garden week tour.  We are grateful and encourage our community to support our local businesses!  Please visit us on Tour day (ticket info and details vagardenweek.org) to view these incredible design installations and support Historic Garden week!

We express our appreciation to the following Women owned small businesses in our Ghent/Downtown community:

Cherry Blossom Planning Factory for donating and mplementing the design/décor in our reception hall.  Our gratitude to The New Leaf for our Entry banister/staircase floral designs, Leslie Hartig floral designs for our West parlor and library gorgeous floral arrangements and Ghent Floral for our dining room and  East Parlor floral designs. 

The Page House Inn, Ghent's charming bed and breakfast, is just a couple blocks stroll away!

Everyone loves an incredible luncheon sandwich, our fantastic sponsors: Omar's Carriage house (dine in on April 27th and receive 10% savings), Café Stella and No Frill bar and grill,  all are located just a few blocks from tour

APRIL: is Historic Garden Week, we are so excited! Join us and the neighborhood on Thursday April 27th 10-5:00pm this years tour is in Ghent's Historic Hague and we are honored to be tour headquarters! This incredible tour of Hague homes and their gardens, activities and programming is Hosted by the Garden Club of Norfolk and the Harborfront Garden Club, with much gratitude to Connie Kellam and her amazing team visit vagardenweek.org for details and tickets



Woman's Club activities:


MAY:  Book and wine night "A Reliable Wife" by Robert Goolrick

Be sure to sign up for Yoga with Courtney!


Thanks ladies for celebrating GO RED FOR WOMEN with us in FEBRUARY!  Can't wait to start planning our GO RED FUNDRAISER FEBRUARY 2018!


we are Delighted to support our friends at Susan B Komen, St Jude's Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, the Virginia Symphony League and REACH reading Hampton Roads



                   The Woman's Club of Norfolk, Inc. GFWC,

is a philanthropic organization founded in 1905 and dedicated to promoting civic responsibility and the cultural, educational, and environmental welfare of the Hampton Roads area.  The Woman's Club of Norfolk is a non-profit organization with proceeds supporting a variety of charities as wells as the maintenance of our house.

 We welcome your interest in membership, please attend one of our membership meetings or submit an inquiry on this website for more information. We would love to get to know you! We have several membership tiers available it not necessary to reside in Norfolk.  Please call us anytime at 625-9318.

                                

                                                                                                     OUR HISTORY

The Woman's Club of Norfolk was founded in November, 1905, by Miss Virginia Gatewood.  The purpose of the club is two-fold:  to provide opportunities for spiritual and mental growth and to serve the community.  Miss Gatewood sent out 500 invitations and 200 women responded.  In December of that year, the club was incorporated and in 1925 they purchased the Martin Mansion as their home.  The Woman's Club sponsored a speaker series that included Ruth Rhode, Minister to Denmark, Herbert Hoover and many Governors and Authors.  This lecture series was the precursor of the Norfolk Forum.  The club hosted activities for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition, sponsored a legal aid clinic, pushed for prison reform, marched for women's suffrage and sponsored the Crepe Myrtle Festival, a forerunner of the Azalea festival, now known as the Nato Festival.  They also conducted classes three days a week beginning in 1927 for what was the beginning of the Norfolk branch of William and Mary that later became Old Dominion University.

Over one hundred and ten years later, the Martin Mansion is still home to the Woman's Club of Norfolk.  It remains a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting civic responsibility and the cultural, educational, and environmental welfare of the Hampton Roads area.