Virginia Diner Anniversary

Virginia Diner in Wakefield celebrated 85 years in October.

Virginia Diner, the venerable must-stop eatery on Route 460 about halfway between Coastal Virginia and Richmond, celebrated its 85th anniversary in October.

This makes the Wakefield restaurant the oldest continually-operated roadside diner in the state.

The Virginia Diner began in a refurbished Sussex, Surry and Southampton Railroad dining car in Wakefield in 1929.

The menu still offers favorites from that time, including fried chicken, country ham biscuits and Brunswick stew. The décor of red-and-white checkered tablecloths and bentwood-style chairs harkens back to its origins.

Based in the heart of the Peanut Belt, the diner early-on became associated with offering roasted peanuts; it does a swift mail order business, primarily with peanuts.

Virginia Diner is open every day except Christmas Day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Virginia Diner is at 408 County Dr., Wakefield. Call 757-899-3106 or visit

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