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

Our Next Program is May 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Annual Meeting, June 5th

Tuesday, MAY 24th at 11:00 a.m.   
Guest Speakers, Judge Preston Grissom and Lin Olsen (Executive Director) of the
Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation
will speak about the Battle of Great Bridge, the artifacts found and the Great Bridge Waterways and History Foundation. 
Fee includes Lunch at the Lockside, the presentation and after lunch an optional tour of the museum & battlefield across the street. 
There is also a nature trail for anyone interested.

  Lockside Restaurant  200 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake
Call Carolyn Hawxhurst for information and reservations:  757-716-2787

Members $20.00 | Non-members $25.00

“The President Who Loved Back Bay”

     In 1903 the New York Times reported on a trip by Grover Cleveland to Virginia Beach. When asked a political question, the President replied, “I left politics at home and am here for ducks.”   The meeting will feature a PowerPoint presentation by Lillie Gilbert where we’ll examine a bit of history about this outdoorsman’s presidency and follow him to Back Bay where Cleveland enjoyed his hunting and fishing.  Following this talk, Dr. Stephen Mansfield will discuss parallels between Virginia Beach and Florida resort development during the period of Cleveland’s visits and show some Cleveland letters from the Virginia Wesleyan collection.  

Save the date:  TIME & LOCATION TBA


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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.

The Boardwalk History Fair
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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