“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

History of Thalia/Aunt Penny's Park

History of Thalia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 27, 2009
1. History of Thalia Marker
Inscription. History of Thalia. The word “Thalia” is derived from the Greek “thallein”, mean­ing to flour­ish and bloom. The community of Thalia is gen­er­ally bounded on the west by Thalia Creek, on the east by Lynn Shores Road, on the north by the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven River and on the south by the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway. Thalia is a part of the Edward H. Mosley estate known as “Summerville Plantation”, and appears in the offi­cial deed of record book at the Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach) Courthouse dated 1807. Thalia was a sched­uled stop for the Norfolk, Albemarle and Atlantic Railroad. During World War II, Camp Ashby, (aka Camp Thalia) the German Prisoner of War Camp, was located on what is now the site of The City of Virginia Beach Central Library and the prop­erty adjoin­ing it.

Aunt Penny’s Park. This pri­vate park is to honor John J. and Paula L. “Aunt Penny” Collins for their unique con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity of Thalia. They estab­lished one of the very first com­mer­cial busi­nesses in Thalia, pre-1950. Their “Cabins-in-the-Pines”, at 4145 Virginia Beach Blvd., encom­passed a restau­rant, tourist court, hardware store and an Amoco gas sta­tion They were devoted to the com­mu­nity of Thalia and gave unselfishly of their time in pub­lic ser­vice. Among other con­tri­bu­tions, they played a lead­ing role in estab­lish­ing the first all-volunteer fire depart­ment in the City of Virginia Beach (for­merly Princess Anne County) at Thalia in 1952. In 1990, Aunt Penny realized her life­time dream with the devel­op­ment of Collins Square Shopping Center.
Location. 36° 50.495′ N, 76° 6.963′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Thalia Station Drive south of Virginia Beach Boulevard (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23452, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seal of the City of Virginia Beach (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Pembroke Manor House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Testing of Grace Sherwood (approx. 1.9 miles away); Francis Land House (approx. 2 miles away); Old Donation Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lynnhaven House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Kempsville (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, World II
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