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Was the Beatles' hit song "Strawberry Fields Forever" written about Pungo? We know that it was a primarily agricultural area, but did the Fab Four make a pit stop in Princess Anne County and fall in love? Of course not. But come and learn about the history of Princess Anne County and the space between the beach and the border anyway!

In celebration of the 325th anniversary of the formation of Princess Anne County, the predecessor to the City of Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach History Museums will host a special Local History Series detailing aspects of local history with lectures by local and regional historians. The first event of the Local History Series will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. in the Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House, and will feature speaker Barbara Henley.

She will be discussing her new research about the history of Princess Anne County. Councilmember Henley is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in urban studies. She taught school in the city's public schools system and is serving her eighth term on City Council. Mrs. Henley represented the Pungo Borough from 1978 to 1990, during which time she served two years as Vice Mayor. She served on City Council again from 1994 to 2002, and returned to represent the Princess Anne District in 2006.

She is the author of Glimpses of Down-County History: Southern Princess Anne County. Admission for this event will be $20 per person, and includes a buffet lunch catered by Ynot Italian Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (757) 385-5100. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 6. This event is the first in the Local History Series and is hosted by the Virginia Beach History Museums.

The next event will be on Saturday, May 7 and feature Dr. Stephen Mansfield.


The 25th Annual Gathering of the Guilds will be at the Francis Land House Saturday, April 2, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors will learn about traditional skills as guild members demonstrate their specialties to the public. Some guilds will also have items available for purchase. Participating guilds include:

  • 7 Cities Brewers
  • Back Bay Wildfowl Guild
  • Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Viiginia
  • Botanical Society of America, ODU chapter
  • Seaside Smockers
  • Tidewater Basketry Guild
  • Tidewater Distaff Spinners
  • Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia
  • Tidewater Turners

The regional chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold its annual native plant sale in conjunction with the Gathering of the Guilds. Perennials, shrubs, small trees and other plants that thrive in seaside and woodland gardens will be available. All proceeds from the plant sale will be used for area beautification and education. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will sell butterfly-friendly plants as well.

Eco Maniac Company will be present with ShopGreen757, offering alternatives to single-use plastics, rain barrels, Fair Trade handcrafts, recycled and upcycled products, organic dog treats, organic soy candles, all-natural skin care and more.

Natejer Botanicals will be selling skin and beauty products made from all natural ingredients.

The Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast and the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts of America will also be on-site, in addition to the Lucky Peach Food Truck, which will be selling breakfast and lunch items.

Admission to this event is free and includes a brief tour of the Francis Land House. The Francis Land House, circa 1805, served as the home of Francis Land VI, a wealthy plantation owner from a prominent family in Princess Anne County, Virginia.

The 25th Annual Gathering of the Guilds and Native Plant Sale is free and open to the public with free on-site parking.The Francis Land House is located at 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard. Call (757) 385-5100 or visit for more information.


Princess Anne County was created 325 years ago, and local historians want to celebrate. On Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. in the Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House, guests will be treated to the first event of the Local History Series.

This series will feature local and regional historians. Thie first speaker will be Barbara Henley, Virginia Beach Councilwoman and Princess Anne County native. She will be discussing growing up in Princess Anne County.

Admission for this event will be $20 per person, and reservations are required. This event will include a buffet lunch, and reservations can be made by calling (757) 385-5100. This event series is hosted by the Virginia Beach History Museums.

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