The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission has announced four grant awards for research projects that will provide additional scholarship in a variety of subject areas for Virginia Beach history.
The Commission initiated the research grant program in 2016 to encourage scholarship about persons, places and events that are significant to the city’s history. This is the second round of grant awards. The four grants total $8,460 and were made to support these research projects:
- Research paper on the founding businessmen and development of the African-American resort of Seaside Beach and Amusement Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Princess Anne County. A website will also be established to share the information and related photographs.
- Compilation of primary source documents related to the 1781 meeting of General George Washington, General Comte de Rochambeau and Admiral Comte de Grasse on board a ship on Lynnhaven Bay to discuss strategies for the Yorktown campaign, and text development, production and installation of a historic roadside marker on the subject.
- Research on the 1775 Skirmish at Kempe’s Landing, and text development, production and installation of a historic roadside marker on the subject.
- Research on the U.S. Army Camp Ashby and its use as a German Prisoner of War camp, and text development, production and installation of a historic roadside marker on the subject.
The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to historic preservation. They seek to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement.
The commission generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. Please visit VBgov.com/historicpreservation for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission.