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Kempsville is located in Virginia
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Kempsville is located in the United States
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State Virginia
Independent city Virginia Beach
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
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23464, 23462

Kempsville is a borough in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a historic section with origins in US colonial times located in the former Princess Anne County. In modern times, it is a community within the urbanized portion of the independent city of Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia.


The town was originally named Kemp's Landing and was a colonial port at the head of the Eastern Branch Elizabeth River. Under the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, one of the 40 tobacco inspection warehouses was chartered : " At Norfolk Town, upon the fort land, in the County of Norfolk; and Kemp's Landing, in Princess Anne, under one inspection. "

On November 14, 15, or 16th, 1775, it was the location where John Ackiss was killed by Royal Governor Lord Dunmore's militia during an incident later called the "Skirmish of Kempsville". Ackiss became the first Virginian casualty of the American Revolutionary War. The Daughters of the American Revolution later erected a plaque near the site.

The town of Kempsville, established in 1781, was the location of the county seat of Princess Anne County from 1778-1823. After that date, it was moved to the current location at Princess Anne, Virginia.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, was founded in 1843 to serve families living in Kempsville (then known as Kemp's Landing). In time, the town lost its economic importance and Emmanuel became a rural parish until 1963, when it grew along with the community as a part of the "new" city of Virginia Beach (when Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County merged).

Portions of the church's outer walls are original. The cemetery behind the church contains the graves of four veterans of the Confederate States' Army during the American Civil War in the early 1860s, as well as the more recent grave of Allen Jones "Al" "Two Gun" Gettel, a local boy who grew up to be a major league pitcher for the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chicago White Sox over a 10-year career (1945–55). [1]

After the county consolidated by mutual agreement with the small resort city of Virginia Beach in 1963, and assumed the latter's name, explosive growth during the 1960s and 1970s transformed Kempsville into a sprawling suburban community of the largest independent city in Virginia.

Present day

Kempsville is one of seven residence districts in the City of Virginia Beach, and is thereby associated with one seat on City Council. Although the official land area of the Kempsville district is small relative to the size of the City of Virginia Beach, Kempsville's historical influence stretches the entire span of Princess Anne Road from the Norfolk border to the Courthouse and Pungo areas of the city.


The two major shopping centers in the Kempsville community are located directly across the street from each other on the Southwest and Northwest Corners of the Kempsville Road and Providence Road intersection. They are Providence Square and Fairfield Shopping Centers, respectively. These areas are home to several restaurants including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Moe's Southwest Grill, AJ Gator's Sports Bar, Frankies Place For Ribs, Papa John's, McDonald's, Wendy's, YNot Pizza, and Subway. They also house the grocery stores Kroger and Food Lion as well as some businesses such as banks, dental offices, Madison Jewelers, and Kitchen King Cabinets. About .1 mi north from the Kempsville Road and Providence Road intersection is the 4th VBPD Police Precinct Station, which is located next to the Kempsville Public Library. Also, across Kempsville Road is the Kempsville Presbyterian Church.


Some notable Kempsville neighborhoods include Larkspur Farms, Caroline Farms, Bellamy Manor, Fairfield and Point of View. The neighborhood of Point of View is situated on the banks of Kemps Lake that formed from the Construction of Interstate 264/Virginia Beach Express Way. Kemps Lake provides an ideal environment for watersports with its deepest point of 19 ft.

Road Construction Project

A major road construction project is underway involving Princess Anne, Kempsville Rd, and Witchduck Rd. The Witchduck Road portion and this intersection is one of the busiest corridors in Virginia Beach. The first phase of this $115 million project (Virginia Beach Capital Improvement Project 2.931.000: Witchduck Road - Phase I (First Cities Project))was completed in late 2011. The city has acquired all of the property and buildings involved including residential homes, offices, and the well-known Kempsville Pony baseball fields. Construction at the intersection is well underway (Virginia Beach Capital Improvement Project 2.048.000: Princess Anne Rd./Kempsville Rd. Inter. Impr. (First Cities)).

Kempsville Rd./Witchduck Rd. has been widened to 3 lanes in each direction (north and south) and construction is currently in progress on the intersection of Princess Anne Rd, Kempsville Road and Witchduck Rd. The widened road extends from the Interstate 264 overpass on Witchduck Rd. south bound to the Kempsville Rd/Princess Ann Intersection at the heart of the Kempsville Community.

After this road project is completed, a Historic Kempsville Retail District is anticipated to be built in the area surrounding this intersection featuring colonial architecture with retail shopping. The plans for this retail district were envisioned before the recent economic downturn, so much of the proposed new development in the area may take much longer to come to fruition than originally conceived.

Opposition has arisen regarding the type of construction that will be allowed. One proposal is attempting to gain rezoning to build a high density rental apartment complex, with a contemporary design, on the southwestern corner area of the new intersection. Opponents to this proposal contend that the initial plans did include some residential use, but not high density residential construction, which would not be in line with the proposed Colonial ambiance of the envisioned district.

On the southeastern corner of what will be the new intersection, construction of a public park is complete with a small lake, strolling walkways and a beautiful, large Gazebo (costing $212,000) resembling the one at James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier estate located in Orange, Virginia. Though construction of the park is complete, there is currently very limited public access to the property as construction is in progress nearly encircling the entirety of the park.

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