The Chesapeake
955 Harpersville Road, Newport News, Virginia 23601
(757) 223-1600 (800) 345-0474



1960's - Proposed Virginia Baptist Home


Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61) of VA - 01/14/06
Thanks, Bob!

Courtesy of, located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/14/06
Thanks, Dave!

I saw this on eBay and thought you might be interested. Mrbarney is offering
this "old" 1960's (wasn't that just yesterday?) card of what he calls the "proposed"
old Virginia Baptist Home. How could it just be proposed in the '60's, and already
be old?? Sigh... Where is this home, was it ever built, and if so, is it still there,
and should we consider adding this to OOSG?

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 01/14/06

Well, it didn't quite turn out the way it was envisioned.  Some quick research found that it opened in 1969,
and its name was changed to "The Chesapeake" along the way. It is still operated by Virginia Baptist Homes. 

See here:

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/14/06
Thanks, Dave! I love the way you unravel mysteries for me!

I believe that all homes with a denominational name, i.e., Baptist Home, Methodist Home, etc. had to change
their names in order to get Federal and State funding. I do not know all the rules but someone out there does!

- Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/17/06
That makes sense - thanks, Jean!

Mrs. Nettles lived the in The Chesapeake (Virginia Baptist Home) on Harpersville Road the last few years of her life. My mom lived there as well and I was there several times a week.
I saw Mrs. Nettles often and would sit and talk to her about NNHS. She knew who I was at first but as time went on she would call me Brownie and then correct herself.
She was still lovely and sweet and would hold my hand and talk abut her years at NNHS. She said she was so blessed to have so many young people that she loved.
I assured her that we were the ones who were blessed and she was loved by so many.
The last time I saw her she kissed my hand and told me she had such a wonderful life and NNHS was a big part of her joy.
I didn't know that would be the last time I would see her. Now I am in tears.

- Wanda Thornhill Gatewood ('62) of VA - 06/21/16
Thanks, Wanda!

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