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Seatack, Virginia, Through the Centuries

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This article is presented by the child abuse attorneys of Seatack. We are happy to assist you in learning about the historical importance of local neighborhoods like Seatack.

History of Seatack

Seatack is a community borough in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The historic neighborhood is the oldest out of the 14 previously segregated African-American neighborhoods in the southern portion of Virginia Beach. Its name " Sea Attack" came to be because of a strip of beach where troops came ashore during one of the attacks of World War II. The area was also the target of cannonballs fired from British vessels. Later, the "Sea Attack" name was shortened and combined into Seatack. In 1884, the first resort hotel of Virginia was built in the area. In 1891, hotel guests watched as the Seatack station of United States Lifesaving Service rescued the shipwreck of the Norwegian barque Dictator. Seven lives were lost, which lead to the creation of a number of local legends and the Norwegian Lady memorials.

The 1900s brought much change to the area. In 1907, the hotel burnt down. The name Seatack become more applied to the area west of the beach where Black Americans were only permitted to settle because White Americans didn't find the swampy, wooded land valuable. These individuals thrived in the area and developed it into an economically strong neighborhood. They even achieved several historical accomplishments in the segregated Prince Anne County. This includes the following:

  • The Princess Anne County Training School and many others were built for their children.
  • The Seatack Fire Station (one of the first Black-owned fire stations in the eastern part of Virginia) was established.
  • Mount Olive Baptist and St. Stephens Church of God in Christ were built to worship.

On October 15, 2011, the 200th Annual Birthday Celebration of the Seatack Civic League was held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The celebration was the first major African American community event to be held in Virginia Beach City. It was also the first large event to be held at the center by African Americans. In 2012, the City of Virginia Beach named the first building after Joseph V. Grimstead Sr., an African American businessman. As of 2019, the neighborhood has been designated as a historic landmark because it has been a model for growth in the African American community.

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Seatack Recreation Center

The Joseph V. Grinstead, Sr. Seatack Community Recreation Center was established on S. Birdneck Road at the site of the former Seatack Fire Station. The 22,000-square-foot recreational space serves the neighborhood of Seatack, Lands End Condominium, Shadowlawn and Salt Marsh Point. It offers activities and amenities such as cardio equipment, free weights, circuit training, an indoor pool with a diving board, lap lanes and ADA lift, locker rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, rock-climbing wall, sports wall and party room. It is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, it is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum was once the 1903 Seatack Station of the United States Lifesaving Service. Situated adjacent to the Virginia Beach boardwalk on 24th street, it features the artifacts from the Dictator shipwreck, lifesaving equipment and educational programs. The museum was established to honor and preserve the history of maritime heritage in Virginia, the United States Lifesaving Service, the coastal communities, and the United States Coast Guard on the Atlantic Coast. In 1979, it was designated on the Virginia Landmark Register and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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