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.