Old photo of Virginia Diner

Our History

A Legend in a Nutshell Since 1929...

The Virginia Diner™ has been a refuge for folks who like down-home cooking ever since Mrs. D'Earcy Davis served hot biscuits and vegetable soup to hungry customers way back in 1929. In those days the little Diner was a refurbished Sussex, Surry, and Southampton Railroad car. As business grew, so did the restaurant with dining room after dining room added on to accommodate a growing list of satisfied customers.

Today the Virginia Diner™ has been replicated and the old railroad car has become a legend, but its quaint atmosphere has been faithfully preserved and is still reflected throughout the restaurant. Antique peanut vendor roasters and buckets of free peanuts for munching continue to greet guests at the front door along with the irresistible aroma of freshly prepared dishes just like Grandma Galloway used to make. Traditional southern hospitality and efficient service blend with an atmosphere of red and white tablecloths, bentwood chairs and antique cast iron toys. All are reminiscent of those early days when the Diner began to serve customers peanuts fresh from local fields and prepared in its kitchen instead of after-dinner mints. Today this peanut business has grown into a national and international gourmet mail order business, and the Virginia Diner™ is rightfully known as "The Peanut Capital of the World".

Located in Wakefield, Virginia, the Virginia Diner™ is sixty miles south of Richmond and sixty miles north of Norfolk, halfway between Petersburg and Suffolk on US Route 460...only a ferry-ride across the James River and a short drive through farmlands and forests from Williamsburg, Jamestown and plantation country.