While Virginia is known for its Revolutionary War and Civil War history, few people associate the state with World War II. And yet, as those who lived through those wartime years remember, the war affected residents of Virginia in very tangible ways. In fact, there are a handful of locations throughout the state that once served as prisoner of war (POW) camps. One of the most prominent was Camp Ashby, located in Princess Anne County near Virginia Beach. Aside from historical markers, very little remains of the actual camp. Yet it’s history is fascinating.

If you’re curious to visit the site of the former POW camp, it’s located at the Willis Furniture Store Complex. Have you been to this fascinating piece of history before? If so, let us know in the comments below. We love to hear your firsthand accounts of these unique experiences.

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Historical Sites In Virginia

What are other historical sites in Virginia?

If this story whets your appetite for local history, check out these other historical sites in Virginia.

  • Mount Vernon
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Manassas National Battlefield
  • Edgar Allan Poe Museum
  • First Landing State Park
  • P. Carter Museum
  • White House of the Confederacy
  • Monticello
  • John's Church
  • Humpback Bridge
  • Yorktown Victory Center
  • Lee Chapel
  • Bacon’s Castle
  • Booker T. Washington Monument


What interesting facts should I know about Virginia?

There’s a lot of history about this state that you may not even realize. Check out these fun facts about Virginia to get clued in.

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