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The Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society has three primary aims:

Education: to increase public awareness and stimulates interest in the history of our City through an active public programming initiative. Programs and Events are regularly scheduled throughout the City and at Upper Wolfsnare.

Preservation: to involve the citizens of Virginia Beach in the preservation and restoration of historic properties. It is a leader of the Preservation Partnership, a public-private initiative that is working to acquire, repair and resell historic properties in order to assure their continued presence in the fabric of our City’s architecture.

Interpretation: The Society develops programs that interpret our community’s heritage and the stewardship of historic resources. Upper Wolfsnare, the 18th Century home owned by the Society, serves as the stage for its interpretive programs and activities. The home is open Wednesdays from noon to 4 P.M. in July and August for public tours.

Society Meetings

Members of the Princess Anne County/ Virginia Beach Historical Society meet several times during the year for specially scheduled program events. These programs, currently coordinated by Program Director and Historian, Dr. Steven Mansfield, are held either at Upper Wolfsnare or at another location or historic site related to the specific program and speaker. Upcoming events are usually announced in the newsletter and/or by special mailing. All current and prospective members are welcome to attend!  Visit our online Photo galleries and Events page for information on past Society sponsored programs.


Membership in the PAC/VBHS entitles you to free admittance to UPPER WOLFSNARE; receipt of all publications, newsletters and mailings; and opportunities to participate in Society events and Annual Meetings.  Volunteer opportunities are also available.  Its easy to become a member!

Get Involved today and help us preserve our historical heritage.

Board of Directors

President: Barbara Henley

Vice President: Lillie Gilbert

Secretary: Hunter Burt

Treasurer: Pati Terry

Historian: Stephen Mansfield

Board Members:

·        Ann Callis, Al Chewning, June Cooper, Carolyn Hawxhurst, Anne Henry (Board Member Emeritus)


Term ends May 2020

·    Barbara Henley

·     June Cooper

·    Stephen S. Mansfield

·     Ann Callis

Term ends May 2021

·   Carolyn Hawxhurst

·   Pati Terry

·   Hunter Burt

Term ends May 2022

·   Al Chewning

·   Lillie Gilbert

·   Stacey Shiflet

Board Member Emeritus

·   Anne Henry


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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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