Princess Anne Historical Society
Celebrating Our History, Our City, Our County
Members of the PAC/VBHS at the 40th Anniversary Celebration Picture of newpaper clippings of Pembroke Manor Nimmo Church Upper Wolfsnare Confederate Soldier Statue at Virginia Beach Courthouse
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Welcome to the official web site of the
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society

The Upper Wolfsnare House

built by Thomas Walke (III) in 1759

will be Open for Tours
From Noon - 4 p.m.
on Wednesdays in July and August 2018

Located at 2040 Potters Road - Virginia Beach, VA  23454

Directions:  Click here 

Upper Wolfsnare

This original Georgian-style house reflects the gentry class life style of its builder, Thomas Walke III. His son, Thomas Walke IV, and subsequent owner, was one of the two local representatives to the Virginia Convention of 1788 which decided Virginia would ratify the recently drafted Constitution of the United States.

A visit to the house and grounds of Upper Wolfsnare will take you back in time to the day when the Walke family was in residence. The lane to the house is lined with crepe myrtles which help provide a feeling of the country life in colonial Virginia.  Trees, flowers and herbs of the house yard provide a pleasant setting for this impressive house.

Upper Wolfsnare is open to the Public on a limited basis on Wednesdays from Noon to 4 P.M. during July and August and for larger groups by appointment only.  
House Admissions

$5.00 for Adults

$4.00 Seniors

$3.00 for Students through High School

You can contact us by email or by calling (757) 491-3490 for more information or to arrange special group tours.

Upper Wolfsnare


August 8th & August 15th


Music was an important part of life in the Colonial Period.  History, mystery, adventure, entertainment and work were all reflected in songs associate with the times.  The people of the day worked hard, and played hard when the opportunity arose, and music provided an outllet for finding some measure of pleasure in surviving the challenges of establishing a new nation.

Traditional ballads, love songs, humorous stories, work songs, and shanties, dances and patriotic tunes and marches comprised the instrumental and vocal selections that enrich everyday colonial life.

Lute - Celtic Octave
Lute - Mandolin - old / new
Banjar / (Banjo)
Fiddle (Maybe)

Join us at Upper Wofsnare on August 8th & August 15th at 1:30 p.m. for a live performance sampling of colonial period music performed by Larry Van Nostrand, the Singing

The presentation will be included as part of a regular house tour.









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Northern Neck Motor Coach Tour

October 10, 2018

Reservations are due not later than September 7, 2018!

Members of the PACVB Historical Society and their friends are invited to explore two of the most significant historic sites in Virginia’s beautiful Northern Neck. Join travelers from the Senior Resource Center and the Villages of West Neck on a motor coach tour to Historic Christ Church in Irvington and to Stratford Hall Plantation. Click for the PDF document for complete trip details and a registration form.


Upper Wolfsnare Etching  

The Princess Anne County / Virginia Beach Historical Society
owns & operates
 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




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!!

Mail in Order Form

For 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:

Visit or Contribute to our
Community Roots Effort


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.   


Become a Member!! - Membership Application PDF Form

PAC/VB Historical Society Board of Directors...



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

Books by Historical Society Member Walter A. Whitehurst

Pungo Tales cover

   Walt Whitehurst, a member of the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, has written a book entitled Pungo Tales (Headlight Press, Statesboro, GA, 2011). Walt left Pungo in 1951 to attend college, and later served as a missionary in Chile and as a pastor in Virginia. He returned to Pungo in 1999 to find many of his childhood friends still here. As they reminisced about the early years in Princess Anne County, Walt decided to write down many of their stories to preserve for future generations these anecdotes about days gone by.

Pungo Tales 2


The books are available from the author.
Call Walt at (757) 426-0230 or email,
or Walter A. Whitehurst, 1761 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

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April 28, 2007
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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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