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Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society


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Upper Wolfsnare Etching  

The Princess Anne County / Virginia Beach Historical Society at
 Upper Wolfsnare 

2040 Potters Road - Virginia Beach, VA  23451
The house was built by Thomas Walke (III) in 1759

 The Historical Society provides the sole support for maintanence and restoration
of the Upper Wolfsnare house.  Donations to the Society are always welcome!

for more information email us at
or call
(757) 491-3490






    As Part of the Historical Society’s mission of keeping track of Virginia Beach History, we are collecting information on the conditions we are all experiencing during COVID -19. 

    To this end, Pati Terry, with the help of others, has put together some information on what we looking to compile regarding these times and WE WANT YOUR HELP! 

    Contact Pati Terry and send her your experiences to


Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

          The COVID-19 Pandemic has had an enormous effect on all of our lives over the past three months. As the Historical Society for Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach, it is important for us to document not only the factual information about this disease, but the impact it has had on the lives of our local citizens. Fifty, one hundred, and even more years from now, people will be reading about this pandemic just as we have read about the Spanish Flu of 1918, but most of what we have available is data and information that had been shared through news channels. We would like to compile a collection of stories on how this experience has impacted the lives of our members.


            With your permission (and we will not list your name unless you want us to do so), please consider sharing your thoughts with us by sending a brief story, or several, identified within one or some of the categories below. This will allow us to organize the stories in a meaningful, cohesive way.

    Send your stories to our email account at Please title your email, “Covid Stories,” so that we may keep these email separate from others. We look forward to hearing from you.


    Together we are writing history! Thank you so much!



    • Where were you when you first realized that we had a real pandemic and what was your reaction?
    • How did you prepare? What obstacles were there that immediately affected you?
    • What emotional reactions of those around you are you willing to share?



    • Name a few things that you started to miss and then certainly missed.
    • What type of kindness came your way?
    • What did you, your family and friends do? Coworkers or total strangers?
    • Who reached out to give you hope and how?
    • What losses did you have?
    • What gains did you realize?
    • How was your work/leisure time/travel impacted?.
    • Did you experience “virtual learning” within your family first hand? Please share if you will.
    • In what ways did you celebrate family milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc?
    • What plans did you change and what do you anticipate?



    • What changes will you or your family, friends, co-workers make?
    • What should local government do? Expand to state and national if you’d like.



    • What do you think is going to happen next?
    • What lessons have we as citizens learned?
    • Talk about something positive that you learned and how you will apply it to your life going forward.
    • How has our city changed for the better? Nation? World?
    • How have you changed in a positive way?



    • How will you prepare differently for future situations as this pandemic?
    • Give an example of hope for the future that you actually observed or heard.
    • Give an example of hope for the future that you hope will occur.



UpperWolfsnare Update - Repairs and Restorations

Upper Wolfsnare, the lovely 18th Century home built by Thomas Walke, III
in 1759, has survived severe weather and several wars over the years.

This summer we have discovered several leaks due to flooding which are looking to be costly and
we are hoping to begin these critical repairs and restorations soon.
 Because of Upper Wolfsnare's historic significance, we are dedicated to employing contractors who are trained in repairing and restoring colonial historic buildings, to preserve the historic value of the house.

We are researching and will have more information soon.

We appreciate any contributions to help us complete this very important work.
The John Baillio Upper Wolfsnare Memorial Fund has been set aside for these repair funds.

If you would like to donate to help with repair costs,
please send a check made out to PACVBHS and indicate the donation is for the
John Baillio Upper Wolfsnare Memorial Fund

Send to: PACVB Historical Society
c/o Upper Wolfsnare
2040 Potters Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

If you have questions, contact
and we will be happy to get in touch with you.

UPPER WOLFSNARE is owned and entirely supported and funded by the PACVB Historical Society.
Unlike other local houses, we do not receive financial support from the City of Virginia Beach.



    New at Upp



Help us keep this Historic House with a donation to our building repairs fund!

 On June, 2018 the members of the historical society voted to establish a fund to meet the growing needs of the house the h and othe society owns, Upper Wolfsnare. With the untimely passing of our previous president, John Baillio, the members decided unanimously to name the project the John Baillio Upper Wolfsnare Memorial Fund.

Over the past few months, through consulting with an historical conservationist and other experts, lists of improvements and repairs have been written and prioritized. Our 1759 house and grounds need a lot of work.

Please remember that the society receives no donation money from any source other than our members, our house tours and our books. We will be looking into various grants to help, but we need your help right away so we can begin.


Let’s keep this house intact as a reminder of our local roots.



Please consider honoring the legacies of Princess Anne County,  Virginia Beach and

John Baillio by sending your contribution  today. Any amount helps!


Click Here for a PDF donation letter

Thank you so much for your gift.


Upper Wolfsnare Etching  

2040 Potters Road - Virginia Beach, VA  23451
The house was built by Thomas Walke (III) in 1759

 The Historical Society provides the sole support for maintanence and restoration
of the Upper Wolfsnare house.  Donations to the Society are always welcome!

for more information email us at

visit us on Facebook

or call (757) 491-3490


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Calling All Upper Wolfsnare Owner Families

Wolfsnare Families


Do you recognize any of the names in this image? Are you descended from any of these families?

We are looking for you! The Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society wants to know more about each of the families who owned Upper Wolfsnare since it was built in 1759, starting with Thomas Walke, III.
We plan to research the families and share the information we find with others.

We’d love to be able to invite these families to come and reunite at Upper Wolfsnare and share any stories they might have from the days when their families resided in the house. If you would like to work on this project with us, even if you are not related to the families listed here, please send us your name, contact information, and best times for you to be able to attend an organization meeting at

We hope to schedule a meeting for interested folks during the summer.
Let’s discover the many folks who have made Upper Wolfsnare their home.


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Simply log in to using your regular login information. You will be asked to select a charity and can choose the Historical Society from the drop down menu.

We appreciate any donations that result from your participation in this wonderful service.

Thank you!




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by Dr. Stephen Mansfield
PACVBHS Historian & Archivist at Virginia Wesleyan College

Princess Anne County / Virginia Beach by Dr. Stephen S. Mansfield - bookcover

A wonderful, well researched book
on our local history!!

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The Historical Society only owns the Upper Wolfsnare House

For information on the City Owned 
Thoroughgood, Lynnhaven or Francis Land Houses

visit the Virginia Beach Museum's website

Department of Museums
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 385-5100

For Ferry Plantation House visit:



Vintage North End Virginia Beach - An Illustrated History

By Ann Handbury Callis and Danna Cullen
Photo Editor Chris Crumley
Published in 2012

Ann Callis is currently a PACVBHS Board member

  Vintage North End Virginia Beach

Available Locally at
Taylor's Do-it Center Hilltop, Beach Gallery, Taste Unlimited, Baker's Jewelry, Bikini Hut
and online at Amazon & Barnes & Noble


Visit our Historic Places link for more information about these houses and other local history. 

Discover something unique about your neighborhood, read articles about local history, and the historic houses, museums, and other historic places in Virginia Beach.

Find some
links to archives, research and activities of other public and non-profit history groups
in our City and Tell Us Your Story by participating in our Community Roots project .
Send us some memories, photos and local lore you want to share.    


You can explore a timeline of Virginia Beach history, watch for monthly historical facts
or visit our
'gift shop' and support the Society by purchasing
Princess Anne County/ Virginia Beach, A Pictorial History, by Dr. Stephen Mansfield,
an historical publication available only through the Historical Society.   



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April 28, 2007

Boardwalk History Fair


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Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society

2040 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

Contact us at or (757) 491-3490

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