Pungo - Virginia Beach Community Series
As we continue our community series which highlights different neighborhoods around Hampton Roads we are going to take you into the beautiful community of Pungo in Virginia Beach.
Pungo is a rural community located in the southern part of the independent city of Virginia Beach, Virginia and was one of the seven original boroughs when the City of Virginia Beach was created in 1963. The area derives its name from a local Indian tribe, the Machipungo, a branch of the Chesapeake tribe. It was named for a local Indian chief, Machiopungo. Because the community is located in an independent city, there has been no individual census for the unincorporated community, which was originally part of Princess Anne County until 1963, when the entire county became part of Virginia Beach. Like much of southern Virginia Beach, the area is surrounded by farmland.
Pungo is located about ten miles (16 km) south of the heart of Virginia Beach, and is about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of the Norfolk International Airport.The “heart” of the Pungo area is its only intersection with a stoplight at Princess Anne Road and Indian River Road.[ Pungo lies south of Sandbridge road, which serves as Virginia Beach’s “Green Line.” This helps to assure that Pungo will remain rural, as opposed to its neighbors in the Princess Anne area, such as Courthouse, Red Mill and LagoMar, which lie just north of the Green Line.
Education and Recreation
Creeds Elementary School is located in Virginia Beach, VA and is one of 56 elementary schools in Virginia Beach City Public Schools School District. It is a public school that serves 297 students in grades PK-5. See Creeds Elementary School’s test results to learn more about school performance.
Princess Anne Middle School is located in Virginia Beach, VA and is one of 14 middle schools in Virginia Beach City Public Schools School District. It is a public school that serves 1370 students in grades 6-8. See Princess Anne Middle School’s test results to learn more about school performance
Floyd Kellam High School is located in Virginia Beach, VA and is one of 12 high schools in Virginia Beach City Public Schools School District. It is a public school that serves 1861 students in grades 9-12. See Floyd Kellam High School’s test results to learn more about school performance.
Pungo Strawberry Festival
The Pungo Strawberry Festival began in 1983 and is held every year for two days on Memorial Day weekend. Attendance at the festival’s inception in 1983 was 50,000, and now it regularly attracts over 120,000 visitors. Strawberries prepared over 50 different ways are featured. Activities include a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, a 4-H area, pony rides, bands and arts and craft booths. The sponsoring organization is a non-profit. All proceeds from the Festival are donated to non-profit community and service organizations. There are many food, youth, civic, and service organization booths. Each year, the festival has an honorary mayor, first lady, and witch of Pungo. In 2013, Fox News ranked it as the 3rd best spring food festival in America.
Witch of Pungo
Grace Sherwood (1660–late 1740) is a local legend in the old Princess Anne County and Pungo, Virginia. The Associated Press reports that she was an unconventional woman in a number of ways, which drew attention to her. She was first accused in 1698 of having bewitched a neighbor’s crop of cotton. Allegations against her grew, and the Princess Anne County government, along with her accusers decided that she would be tested by ducking, with Sherwood’s consent. She was taken to what is now known as Witch Duck Point, tied crossbound, and tossed into the river, but she managed to untie herself and swim to the surface.
If you’re looking for a little bit of quiet and country, you’ll love Pungo. Whether you’re looking for undeveloped lots, a house with three to six bedrooms or a home on a lot with plenty of room for a barn, you’ll find it in Pungo. With an abundance of greenery and minimal traffic lights, it’s rural living with the convenience of grocery stores and gas stations a short drive away. Shopping centers, restaurants and Sandbridge Beach are also within driving distance. Call Ryan Boyce to learn more about the schools and recreational opportunities for properties available in Pungo and the 23456 zip code.
Whether you’re looking for property and homes for sale or you’re interested in selling your house, the Boyce Real Estate Team at Exit Realty in Virginia Beach can help. We have extensive experience with Pungo properties and understand the nuances of buying both farmland and residential real estate. Browse through our listings for Pungo and Virginia Beach below, or contact Ryan today.
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