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 Historical Society Program

June 4th - 2:30 p.m.
Our Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Robert Hitchings

Location: Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 409 First Colonial Road, just south of the I-264 overpass

     For much of the seventeenth century, from the 1630s to 1691,  the area which includes present-day Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, was part of Lower Norfolk County, Virginia.  The Wallace (local history) Room in the Chesapeake Public Library contains material that is helpful to persons researching the early days of what became Princess Anne County in 1691 and then the City of Virginia Beach in 1963.  At the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society annual meeting on Sunday, June 4, 2017, Robert Hitchings, known to many of you as the former director of the Norfolk Public Library's Sargeant Memorial Room and now of the Wallace Room, will introduce us to the Wallace holdings and to some of its treasures beyond those relating to Princess Anne County.  From his frequent column contributions to the Virginia Beach BEACON you are familiar with Robert's skill as a recounter of historical narrative.  

   Plan to invite a friend and join us on June 4th at 2:30 p.m. at the Gathering at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 409 First Colonial Road, just south of the I-264 overpass.   

The Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society have been revised.
Click below to see the document with the proposed changes in red.
A final vote of the membership to accept these changes will be made at the meeting on June 4, 2017.

Revision of bylaws and Election of Officers to be voted on at the June 4th Meeting.


New Book by Author Ann Callis
The Cavalier on the Hill
Available at

Ann Callis - The Cavalier 


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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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